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 unions and member organizations are striving to create good jobs that are safe and healthy, and pay fair wages and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future.
Workers Memorial Day pledges to mourn for the dead, and fight for the living by enabling all workers to raise job safety concerns without fear of retaliation.
What you can do on Workers Memorial Day
- Organize a rally to demand creation of good jobs and safe jobs in your community.
- Hold a candlelight vigil, memorial service or moment of silence to remember those who have died on the job and to highlight job safety problems in your community and at your workplace.
- Conduct workshops to educate workers about job safety hazards and how to exercise job safety rights. Invite union members, nonunion workers and community allies to participate.
- Create a memorial at a workplace or in a community where workers have been killed on the job.
- Hold a public meeting with members of Congress in their home districts.
- Bring injured workers and family members who can talk firsthand about the need for strong safety and health protections and the freedom to join a union. Invite local religious leaders and other allies to participate in the meeting.
- Invite the press to your Workers Memorial Day events to increase public awareness of the dangers workers face on the job.
For more information, visit AFL-CIO Unions.