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April 26, 2019

Honor the fallen on Workers Memorial Day, Sunday April 28

Workers Memorial Day
Caption: NYSUT display at its Latham, NY headquarters honoring those who have died on the job.

The AFL-CIO, NYSUT, AFT, NEA and unions and workers across the globe observe Workers Memorial Day April 28 to honor those who have died or been injured on the job. Workplace violence is the third-leading cause of death on the job. Other causes of deaths on the job stem from health and safety violations, unsafe working conditions, lack of proper training, carelessness, exposure to toxic chemicals and other preventable conditions.

The AFL-CIO states:

“This year we will come together to call for action on hazards that cause unnecessary injury, illness and death. We will stand united against the ongoing attacks on workers' rights and protections and demand that elected officials put workers' well-being above corporate interests.

“The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses."

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