Workers’ Memorial Day is here. So are the BLS workplace fatality numbers. . .

Pennsylvania Workplaces are less safe than they were.

In 2017, 172 workers were killed on the job in Pennsylvania, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.  That’s 3.0 fatalities per 100,000 workers, an increase from the previous year’s rate of 2.8.    Our Commonwealth has dropped five places, from 10th to 15th in the nation’s ranking of best to worst fatality rates.  This is unacceptable.

Every Worker Has the Right to a Safe Workplace

On April 28, 1971 the Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed.  In the decades since, April 28th has become Workers’ Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for workers who have died on the job.  The fight for workplace safety and health protections for workers have been a cornerstone in the history of the labor movement and workers’ rights.

The Pennsylvania AFL-CIO will hold a press conference, coinciding with the Harrisburg Regional CLC’s memorial service at the Susquehanna River on Monday, April 29, endorsing House Bill 1082, supporting the rights of all workers to safe workplaces and health protections.  While OSHA guarantees protections for private sector workers, it does not extend those protections to public sector workers.  More than 500,000 public sector workers in Pennsylvania lack safety and health protections on the job.  House Bill 1082, also known as Jake’s Law, would grant OSHA style protections to hundreds of thousands of Pennsylvania workers, and save lives. 

Pennsylvania unions believe that every worker, regardless of their employer, has the right to a safe job.  While OSHA protects private sector brothers and sisters, workers employed by the state, county or municipality lack the same protections.

THURSDAY – April 25, 2019

Wilkes-Barre CLC


USW Hall

20 East Union Street, Wilkes-Barre 18701

Candlelight Vigil and Service before CLC Meeting

FRIDAY – April 26, 2019

PhilaPOSH / Philadelphia CLC


Sheetmetal Local 19

1301 South Christopher Columbus Blvd

Philadelphia, PA 19147

Breakfast and Workers’ Memorial Program

SUNDAY- April 28, 2019

Lehigh Valley CLC


Bethlehem Rose Gardens

Workers’ Memorial Service

Erie-Crawford CLC


USW Local 3199 Hall

703 French Street Erie, PA

Workers’ Memorial Service

Schuylkill CLC


Miners’ Statue

1565 Bunting Street,

Pottsville, PA 17901

Workers’ Memorial Service

York-Adams CLC


Kiwanis Lake

Workers’ Memorial Service

MONDAY – April 29, 2019

Harrisburg Regional CLC


Passage to India Restaurant

520 Race Street, Harrisburg

Breakfast, Service and Wreath-laying 

Allegheny-Fayette Central Labor Council


Market Square

Ringing of Bell and Reading of Names

Mercer CLC


Mercer County Courthouse

Reading of Names

THURSDAY – May 2nd

Johnstown CLC


Our Son’s Banquet Hall

229 Main Street

Johnstown, PA 15901