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    Mourn for the Dead, Fight For the Living

    Mourn for the Dead, Fight For the Living
    Protect Workers Now!
    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. Each year more than 60,000 workers die from job injuries and illnesses and another 6 million are injured. The unions of the AFL-CIO remember these workers on April 28, Workers Memorial Day.
    The first Workers Memorial Day was observed in 1989. April 28 was chosen because it is the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and the day of a similar remembrance in Canada. Every year, people in hundreds of communities and at worksites recognize workers who have been killed or injured on the job. Trade unionists around the world now mark April 28 as an International Day of Mourning.

    On Workers Memorial Day 2002, as we remember those who lost their lives on Sept. 11 and all those killed, injured and diseased on the job, workers will organize and mobilize for better working conditions. We will demand a strong ergonomics standard, stronger enforcement of the law and protections from known workplace hazards and from new safety and security threats. We will demand OSHA coverage for all workers and the freedom of workers to organize, and through their unions, speak out and bargain for safe jobs, respect and a better future. http://www.aflcio.org/safety/wmd.htm


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