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Safe Workplaces for All Workers: Labor Unions and Legislators Demand Workplace Protections

(HARRISBURG) – On Monday, April 29 the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO was joined by state legislators to demand safe workplaces for all workers in our Commonwealth.  The fight for workplace safety and health protections has been at the center of the Union Movement since its beginning.  Every worker has the right to a safe workplace; no worker should ever die on the job.  The Occupational Safety and Health Administration was formed on April 28, 1971.  The Labor Movement observes this date as Workers’ Memorial Day in honor of the working women and men who have died on the job in the previous year. Read More

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. Read More

Pennsylvania is making progress, but there’s still a long way to go

By President Rick Bloomingdale, Pennsylvania AFL-CIO During this time of the year, the Labor movement and working people across the globe honor the contributions of the men and women who build our economies.  On April 28th, we observe Workers’ Memorial Day in the United States, marking the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) and commemorate the lives of working people lost on the job due to workplace injuries or illnesses.  Read More