Since 1989, Workers' Memorial Day has been a time to recognize the toll of work-related illnesses and injuries on the lives of workers. April 28 is the date that the Occupational Safety and Health Act was implemented; Canada has had a similar date of remembrance since 1984. Workers Memorial Day is now recognized in nearly 100 countries and is endorsed by the International Labor Organization.
We remember those who died in workplace tragedies, who suffer diseases because of workplace exposures or have been injured at work. Many NYSUT members are represented in the scores of ill and injured workers.
"Working men and women have a right to a safe and healthy environment. This day makes that point in a special way," said NYSUT Vice President Kathleen Donahue.
You can order Workers Memorial Day materials including stickers, posters and fact sheets from the AFL-CIO. The federation's Web site also has a collection of ways union members around the country have commemorated the day and poems and tributes written by workers.
Order online at www.aflcio.org/issues/safety/memorial/.