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News: 2012-04-27 Workers Memorial Day

Workers Memorial Day

On Thursday, April 26, the Oregon AFL-CIO held the annual memorial service in observance of Workers Memorial Day at the Fallen Worker Memorial at the state Capitol Mall in Salem. Activities started at noon and feature remarks from elected officials, union leaders and safety and health advocates. The memorial service included a reading of the names of Oregon workers that suffered fatalities on the job and Oregonians killed in military service to their country in 2011. Workers Memorial Day 2012 marks the forty-first anniversary of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act. Despite this landmark piece of legislation, American workers continue to face inordinately high rates of employment-caused injuries, diseases and death. Every working day American workers from all professions are killed, while thousands are injured on the job. In addition workers also die each day from occupationally-caused diseases.

Workers Memorial Day is a day to remember those killed and injured workers as well as the contributions they have made to our society. It is also a day when members of organized labor can demonstrate their commitment to ending the needless pain, suffering and loss of life, which are associated with unhealthy and unsafe working conditions. The service featured a bagpiper and drum corps from the Oregon State Defense Force Pipe Band and speeches with a representative from Governor Kitzhaber’s office, labor leaders and the Oregon Nurses Association was represented by Paul Goldberg, RN, BSN who joined the Oregon AFL-CIO, OSHA and the families of the workers who lost their lives while on the job.



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