The AFL-CIO, to which the SIU is affiliated, has issued the following news release:
April 28, 2014
Workers Memorial Day brings us together to remember the ultimate sacrifices working people make to achieve the American Dream. No worker should die on the job. Every one of the 150 working men and women who die every day from injury or occupational disease serves as a constant reminder of the dangers too many face at the workplace.
I saw those dangers myself as a third-generation coal miner, and I know the heartache that ripples through entire communities when one of our own dies.
As we keep those who have died in our thoughts and prayers, we should rededicate ourselves to holding companies accountable for putting profits over people, and we must demand stronger safety standards in the workplace.
Much has been done over the years to improve worker safety, but until every worker, from the farm to the factory, is guaranteed the peace of mind of a safe workplace, our job will never truly be done.