Workers Memorial Day Service 2019
The National Workers Memorial Day Service of 2019 will be held at O’Brien Community Center, South Bend on April 26th at 4:00pm. This event is a time to recognize the creation of the Occupational Safety and Hazards Administration, which created standards and enforcement procedures to keep workers safe in all environments. The service will remember and acknowledge workplace fatalities that took place over the past year, which includes six members of our community. We will also continue the conversation around the importance of workplace safety practices.
Each year, thousands of workers are killed on the job and millions more suffer from job related injuries or illnesses. Over the years, working conditions have improved but it is crucial to defend regulations in place and win new protections. Right now, as workers’ rights are being challenged, it is especially important to resist any attempts to cut job safety budgets or weaken enforcement. In moving forward, elected officials must put workers’ rights and well-being at the forefront of decision making. The unions of the AFL-CIO are committed to fighting for the right of every worker and ensuring all are safe.
The service being held is also a time for workers, families, and community and faith leaders to gather and remember those who have lost their lives in the workplace or due to workplace conditions. The community will gather in support of increasing efforts to protect all workers, across all environments. This event is open to the public and all are welcome to show their support to workplace safety.