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  • NC Workers Who Died on the Job Honored at Workers Memorial Day Service in Raleigh

    On April 28th, local workers, union members, and community leaders gathered outside the North Carolina State Capitol to mark Workers Memorial Day to remember workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job. Rev. Jennifer Copeland of the NC Council of Churches and Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue offered prayers for workers and their families. NC Department of Labor Commissioner Josh Dobson and NC State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan pledged to work together to advocate for workplace safety. Crystal Maqueda, wife of the Bonner Bridge Collapse victim last year, spoke of her loss before joining other attendees in taking turns to ring a memorial bell 190 times, once for her husband and 189 other people who died on the job in North Carolina. 

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  • Advisory: Community to Honor NC Workers Who Died on the Job (April 28th)

    On Thursday, local workers, union members, and community leaders will gather outside the North Carolina State Capitol to mark Workers Memorial Day, renew the call for strong safety protections, and remember workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries while on the job. At the interfaith press conference and solemn memorial service, participants will toll a bell 189 times – once for each person in North Carolina who died while working for a better life in 2020, the most recent year for which the full death toll is known.

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  • ADVISORY: NC Workers to Hold Memorial Service (4/28)

    On Wednesday, April 28th, North Carolina workers will be joined by faith, community, and labor leaders for a virtual Workers’ Memorial Day service honoring those who have died or suffered illnesses or injuries while on the job. Workers and leaders will share personal experiences and call for stronger worker protections in North Carolina and across the country. Speakers will include Reverend Jennifer Copeland of the NC Council of Churches, Rabbi Salem Pearce with the Carolina Jews for Justice, and NC State AFL-CIO President MaryBe McMillan among others.

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  • NC Workers’ Memorial Day 2021

    North Carolina workers will be joined by faith, community, and labor leaders online April 28th for a Workers’ Memorial Day service honoring those who have died or suffered illnesses or injuries while on the job and to renew the promise of safe jobs for all by passing the PRO Act.

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  • NC Remembers 178 Workers Who Died on the Job

    The most recent data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that 178 workers were killed in North Carolina in 2018, and many more suffered from occupational diseases. This year, thousands more workers’ lives are being lost to COVID-19 because workers are not getting necessary protections at work—which would save lives and stop the spread of this very contagious virus.

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  • Workers’ Memorial Day During the COVID-19 Pandemic

    How many more workers have to get sick and die before the Department of Labor steps up? Let’s send a message this Workers’ Memorial Day, Tuesday, April 28th, that safe jobs are essential for all workers!

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  • New Report Names NC the 23rd Most Dangerous Place for Workers

    According to a new report released last week by the AFL-CIO, North Carolina had the 23rd highest rate of workplace deaths in 2017. This analysis, based on data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows that 183 North Carolina workers lost their lives due to on-the-job injuries, resulting in 3.9 deaths per hundred thousand workers.

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  • Community to Honor 183 People Who Died on the Job in 2017

    Local workers, labor and faith leaders, and family members will gather Friday morning on the grounds of the Old State Capitol in Raleigh for an annual interfaith Workers’ Memorial Day service to ring a bell 183 times in remembrance of the 183 people in North Carolina known to have died on the job in 2017 — 9 more than the year before — and to call on the N.C. Department of Labor to do more to prevent workplace fatalities.

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  • Family Members Help Mark Workers’ Memorial Day 2018

    The mother of one of 174 people who died on the job in North Carolina in 2016 spoke to reporters and community members at a Workers’ Memorial Day service outside the Old State Capitol last Friday where attendees rang a memorial bell 174 times and called on the N.C. Department of Labor to do more to prevent workplace fatalities and to show respect to the victims’ families.

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  • Remember the Dead at 2018 Workers Memorial Day Service

    Join us at 10 AM Friday, April 27th in Raleigh for a press conference and memorial service during which participants will toll a bell 174 times – once for each person in North Carolina who died while working for a better life in 2016 – and will call for the state Department of Labor to do more to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.

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  • Media and Blog Roundup for Workers Memorial Day 2017

    Here’s the full media and blog roundup – plus links to photos and video – of coverage of Workers’ Memorial Day in Raleigh.

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  • Grieving Family Members Join Workers Memorial Day Service in Raleigh

    About three dozen people including labor advocates and faith leaders and surviving family members turned out to remember 150 people who died while working for a better life in North Carolina in 2015.

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  • Community to Honor 150 People Who Died on the Job in 2015

    Local workers, labor and faith leaders, and surviving family members will gather Friday morning on the grounds of the Old State Capitol in Raleigh for a Workers’ Memorial Day service to honor 150 people known to have died while working for a better life in 2015 and to call on NC Department of Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry to do more to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.

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  • Remember the Dead on Workers Memorial Day 2017 (4/28)

    Join us at 10 AM Friday, April 28th in Raleigh for a press conference and solemn memorial service during which participants will toll a bell 150 times – once for each person in North Carolina who died while working for a better life in 2015.

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  • Join our Workers Memorial Day 2016 service April 28th in Raleigh

    Join us April 28th in Raleigh to memorialize 128 workers who died on the job in 2014 and to call for N.C. Department of Labor to do more to prevent workplace injuries and fatalities.

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