RESOLUTION NO. 8 – WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY

WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY

WHEREAS, every year on April 28th, the Labor Movement observes Workers’ Memorial Day to remember workers who have been killed or injured on the job; and

Thirty years ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act that promised every worker the right to a safe work place; and

Every year more than 10,000 American workers are killed on the job, including 270 Pennsylvania workers; and

Tens of thousands more are permanently disabled; and

Millions are injured, including 130,000 Pennsylvania workers; and

Another 100,000 workers die from cancer, lung disease and other diseases related to toxic chemical exposure at work, including an estimated 3,000 to 5,000 Pennsylvania workers; and

Concerned Americans are determined to prevent these tragedies by:

Organizing Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28th, a day chosen by the unions of the AFL-CIO as a day to remember these victims of workplace injuries and disease;

Renewing our efforts to seek stronger safety and health protections, better standards and enforcement, and fair and just compensation;

Rededicating ourselves to improving safety and health in every American workplace;

Establishing a Right-To-Act Law to prevent workplace injury and death;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that all workers stand up and demand that our present laws and funding be maintained to the highest standards to make our workplaces and environments safe; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO annually does everything within its capacity to make April 28th, Workers’ Memorial Day, a success in the Commonwealth; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO encourages Central Labor Councils to have activities within their local communities; and

THEREFORE, BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO seeks to make Workers’ Memorial Day a national and state holiday.

Submitted by: PENNSYLVANIA AFL-CIO EXECUTIVE COUNCIL

Referred to: Health and Safety Committee

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