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  • Workers Memorial Day "Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living."
    Updated On: Apr 28, 2012

    The Teamsters Union, and trade unionists around the world, recognize April 28 as Workers' Memorial Day — a day to honor the working men and women killed and injured on the job and to fight for worker safety.

    Since 1989, the labor movement has observed Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job. As we remember those who died in workplace catastrophes, suffered diseases due to exposure to toxic substances or injured in dangerous working conditions, we rededicate ourselves to the fight for safe workplaces. As such, a typical theme for Workers Memorial Day has been "Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living."

    Decades of struggle by workers and their unions have resulted in significant improvements in working conditions. But the toll of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths remains enormous. Every year, about 4,500 people are killed at work and 50,000 workers die from occupational diseases while millions more are injured.

    April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, and has been recognized as an international day remembrance for dead and injured workers since 1996, when a Global Union delegation lit a commemoration candle to highlight the plight of workers at the United Nations. It has been officially endorsed by the International Confederation of Free Trade Unions (ICFTU) and the International Labor Organization (ILO). Eleven countries or territories formally recognize April 28 as a national observance day: Argentina, Belgium, Bermuda, Brazil, Canada, Dominican Republic, Panama, Peru, Portugal, Spain and Taiwan. A Workers' Memorial Day is observed in nearly 100 countries.

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    Let us keep the families of our brothers & sisters who have past away in our thoughts & prayers.

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