April 20, 2012
Workers Memorial Day to be observed in Raleigh (4/27)
Join the Rally for Safe Jobs for the 99%
Workers Memorial Day, April 28, is just around the corner. Each year on Workers Memorial Day, working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew our struggle for safe workplaces.
Events will be held in communities and workplaces across the country. In addition, trade unionists around the globe are also observing Workers Memorial Day.
Jobs with Justice and National Council for Occupational Safety and Health are organizing a Workers Memorial Day observance in Raleigh set for noon on Friday, April 27 outside the N.C. Department of Labor. NC State AFL-CIO Secretary-Treasurer, MaryBe McMillan, will speak, as will former N.C. Commissioner of Labor, Harry Payne.
What: Rally for safe jobs for the 99%
When: Friday, April 27 at 12 noon
Where: Outside the N.C. Department of Labor, 4 West Edenton Street, Raleigh, NC 27601
Click here for a flyer (PDF) for this event in English and in Spanish.
For more information, contact NC State AFL-CIO Vice President David Haynes at 919-538-3992.
Remember the dead; fight for the living!
Four decades ago, the OSHA law and mine safety law were enacted promising workers in this country a right to a safe job. Since that time we’ve made great progress and workplace fatalities and injuries have significantly declined. This progress didn’t just happen because these laws were passed. It happened because workers and their unions organized, fought and demanded action from employers and their government.
For eight years, the Bush Administration turned its back on workers and workplace safety. Siding with its corporate friends, the Administration overturned or blocked dozens of important workplace protections and weakened job safety programs.
But thankfully, now we have a president that is committed to worker safety and health and is on workers’ side.
The Obama administration has moved to strengthen job safety protections. But now business groups and the new Republican majority in Congress are trying to block and rollback protections and weaken enforcement.