Workers Memorial Day

Sisters and Brothers,

On April 28, 2018, the labor movement will observe Workers Memorial Day, the annual remembrance of workers killed or injured on the job, and renewal of the fight for strong safety and health protections.

Local unions should join the broader labor movement in publicizing this important day. The AFL-CIO has created a kit of materials with this year’s theme, “Safe Jobs. Every Worker’s Right.” The materials, which include English and Spanish language versions of the poster, flier, and stickers, can be viewed, downloaded, or ordered in bulk at aflcio.org/WorkersMemorialDay.

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. But the fight is never-ending, and every generation has their battle to wage. Many hard-won gains are now being threatened by the Trump administration. Worker safety rules and regulations have been overturned. For every new protection issued, two existing safeguards must be revoked. Agency budgets and enforcement programs are on the chopping block. The safety and health of workers, in entertainment and beyond, are in danger.

We at the International urge you to get involved by organizing actions, activities, or observances in your workplaces and communities to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths. Look into the AFL-CIO materials kit, get inspired, and get your community inspired. Reach out to Matthew Cain, Director of Communications (mcain@iatse.net) if you are planning an event, and please let us know if you would like assistance in planning or coordinating something. Remember that we in the entertainment industry do work that is seen by millions of members of the American public, giving us a powerful platform from which to demand jobs that are safe, healthy, and pay fair wages.

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