RESOLUTION NO. 9 – OBSERVE WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY – APRIL 28th

OBSERVE WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY – APRIL 28th

WHEREAS, more than three 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, winning protections that have saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries; and

WHEREAS, the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous.  Each year, thousands of workers are killed, and millions more are injured or diseased because of their jobs; and

WHEREAS, many employers, in a race to the bottom in a global economy, have been pushing to cut wages and benefits and loosen protections.  With fewer and fewer workers having the protection of unions, more workers are afraid to speak out and raise job safety concerns, fearing retaliation and firing;

THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, 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; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we will fight to make workers’ issues a priority and to keep and create good jobs in this country; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, we will fight for the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for safe jobs, respect and a better future; and

BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that Convention Delegates rise for a moment of silence in honor of those who were killed on the job.

Submitted by: AFSCME COUNCIL 13

Referred to: Health & Safety Committee

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