Workers Memorial Day 2013

Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousand of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.

But our work is not done. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. Employers contract out dangerous work to try to avoid responsibility. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

The Obama administration has moved forward to strengthen protections with tougher enforcement and a focus on workers’ rights. But much-needed safeguards on silica and other workplace hazards have stalled in the face of fierce attacks by business groups and the Republican majority in the U.S. House of Representatives who want to stop new protections.

We must press forward.

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On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces. This year we will come together to call for good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy. We will seek stronger safeguards to prevent injuries and save lives. We will stand for the right of all workers to raise job safety concerns without fear of retaliation, and for the freedom to form unions and speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. Please join us and make your voice heard.

News Coverage

President Cilento, Guest Essay: Stem the tide of work tragedies

Schenectady: Schenectady Daily Gazette 2013-04-29

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Long Island Federation of Labor

Sunday, April 28, 2013
2:00 pm
Annual Memorial Service
NYS Office Bldg Lobby
Veterans Memorial Highway
Hauppauge, NY
Click to view photo album of event.

Monday, April 29, 2013
Workers Memorial Mass
5:30 pm
St. Patrick’s Church
5th Ave & Main Street
Bay Shore, NY
Please bring your hardhat/uniform/work gear for a blessing.
Hardhat stickers will be distributed. Reception to follow at Molly Malone’s of Bay Shore.

*For more information, please email: Rebecca Mowl, LI FED,

Westchester Putnam Central Labor Body

Tuesday April 30, 2013
Vigil Start Time: 5:00 pm
Kensico Dam Plaza
Valhalla, NY

*For more information, please email: Jennifer Puja, WPCLB,

Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation

Wednesday, May 1, 2013
3:00 pm
Vassar College Quad, 124 Raymond Ave., Poughkeepsie

*For more information, please email: Beth Soto, HVALF,

Capital District Area Labor Federation

Sunday, April 28, 2013
2:00 pm
Steinmetz Family Investment Center
120 Emmons St
Schenectady, NY
(Next to the Schenectady Boys & Girls Club)
Click to view photo album of event by CDALF.
Click to view photo album of event by Jon Flanders.

*For more information, please email: Jackie Vanacore, CD ALF,

Central NY CLC

Thursday, April 25, 2013
5:00 pm
A short ceremony at our Labor Monument, Ilion, NY, followed by a candle lighting ceremony and dinner and Francesca’s Banquets and Catering, 144 E. Main St., Ilion, NY. The cost of the dinner and two-hour open bar is $10/person.

*For more information, please email: Enesa Sabanagic, CNY Labor Council,

Central NY Area Labor Federation

Workers Memorial Day 2013
Friday, April 26
Pensabene’s Casa Grande Restaurant
135 State Fair Blvd.
(between W. Genesee and Hiawatha Blvd.)
Syracuse, NY  13204
Breakfast Buffet Opens at 8 a.m.
Program: 8:30 AM to 10:30 AM sharp
Call 432-8899 Ext. 127 for more info!

Broome-Tioga Federation of Labor
Sunday, April 28, 2013
1:15 pm
Observance ceremony at Binghamton Factory Fire Commemorative Plaque on the River Trail (Wall Street) near Martin Luther King statue. Volunteer clean-up/planting at Binghamton Factory Fire Memorial, Spring Forest Cemetery, Mygatt Street, Binghamton, NY
Click for photo album of event.

*For more information, please email: Bonnie Wilson, CNY ALF,

Cayuga County CLC
Monday, April 29, 2013
12:30 pm
Hoopes Park, Auburn, NY (if bad weather, event will be held in City Hall Council Chambers).  US Rep. Maffei will be attending.
Click for photo album of event.

*For more information, please email:  Bonnie Wilson, CNY ALF,

Rochester & Genesee Valley ALF

Rochester & Vicinity Labor Council
Monday, April 29, 2013
5:00 pm
Highland Park
Rochester, NY
Click for photo album of event.

*For more information, please email: Erin Moody, RGV ALF,

The Southern Tier Central Labor Councils
April 28, 2013
State Trooper Memorial Site
Sperr Memorial Park
Reception at Tag’s Restaurant to follow
3037 State Route 352
Big Flats, NY
Time: 1:00 pm

Western New York  ALF

Dunkirk & Jamestown CLC
Saturday, May 4, 2013
11:00 am
Erlandson Overview Park – Oak Hill Rd
Frewsburg, NY

Niagara Orleans CLC
Saturday, May 4, 2013
9:00 am – Refreshments
10:00 am – Service @ Reservoir Park (Off Military Rd)
Lewiston, NY

Sunday, April 28, 2013
9:45 am – 10:45 am
Shrine of St. Joseph the Worker on the St. Thomas Aquinas Campus
450 Abbott Rd
Buffalo, NY
(Preceding the event will be Workers’ Memorial Day Mass at St. Thomas Aquinas Church at 9:00 am)

Cattaraugus/Allegany CLC
Saturday, June 1, 2013
10:30 am
Forness Park
Olean, NY

*For more information, please email: Patty Devinney, WNY ALF,

Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence Counties Central Trades and Labor Council

Sunday, April 28, 2013
1:00 pm
Meet at the Worker’s Memorial Monument, Main St., Massena, NY.

*For more information, please email: Ron McDougall, Jefferson, Lewis, & St. Law CLC,

New York City

New York City Central Labor Council
Tuesday, April 30th
1 – 2 pm
92 Laight St. (at West St.), NY, NY 10013
(A,C,E to Canal St.; or 1 to Canal St.)
Commemorate and mourn the passing of Anthony Nahr, a parking attendant and IBT Local 272 member, drowned during hurricane Sandy.

NYC Building and Construction Trades
Tuesday, May 7, 2013
Building and Construction Mass
2:45 pm: Hardhat Procession into the Cathedral
3:00 pm: Memorial Service to honor workers killed and those injured on worksites during 2012 and early 2013.

For more information, contact Linda at BCTC, 212-647-0700 ext 3