April 18, 2016

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Speak up on Workers Memorial Day

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Every year 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 our efforts for safe workplaces.

This year, the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy, and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and collectively bargain for fair wages and a better future. It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.

If you want to get involved, Workers Memorial Day materials can be ordered from the AFL-CIO Safety and Health Department at (202)637-5366, by fax at (202)508-6978, via email at or online at

Unsafe conditions threaten us all

Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality, but our work is not done.

Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled, and some employers cut corners and violate the law. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs.

We must fight back against efforts to limit or eliminate safety and health protections. And we must succeed—workers’ lives are at stake.

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