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Workers' Memorial Week of Action
April 22-28, 2013
and Taking Action!
Each year, thousands of working men and women die on the job. On April 28, we observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those men and women who have suffered and died on the job from workplace injuries and diseases. It is our opportunity to renew our efforts for safe workplaces and bring together workers, their families, community-based worker centers, unions, environmentalists, and other health and safety advocates in a unified effort to alert the public and the government to our outrage and our demands for action that leads to better workplace health and safety.
For years the COSH Network and our allies have fought hard to win protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses. But our struggle continues until these preventable fatalities stop! We want to motivate individuals and organizations like you to take action and organize activities to highlight these preventable fatalities and injuries until employers become accountable and provide safe and healthy workplaces. We are calling you to join our efforts in solidarity and be part of the week of action!
HOW TO PARTICIPATE?
We invite you to organize an action or event to commemorate fallen workers and build awareness to promote healthy and safe workplaces. Or, look for a local event below and participate!
NEED IDEAS FOR AN ACTION? HERE ARE SOME TO GET YOU STARTED…
Organize visits elected officials to increase awareness about OSH related issues and to make an appeal for the enforcement of laws established to secure the right of workers to have a safe and healthy job. And even further, to motivate creation of new laws to prevent injuries, illness and death on the job.
Motivate your school, college, university, union, organization, etc., to hold awareness-building events with students, workers and the community. We encourage these events to focus on a commitment or goal that would help increase the health and safety of workers on the job: a training, an awareness session, an informative talk, a talking circle, etc.
Another way to expose the dangerous and hazardous conditions that workers is to increase media coverage on OSH related issues. Contact your local newspaper, community radio and TV station to highlight the urgent need to improve working conditions in your region. Your organization, school, college or union could also write an article or blog and featured it on their website or newsletter and promote it on the various social networks.
Another idea is for organizations and entities to create banners with a message related to Workers' Memorial Day. The banners can be safely hung at strategic places.
These are just some suggestions but feel free to be creative!
LISTING OF LOCAL EVENTS BY STATE:
(Check back for up-to-date list)
NEED WMDay RESOURCES AND MATERIALS? CHECK THESE OUT…
(Check back for updated information. We'll link materials as we receive it.)
§ WMD Factsheets
Facts about Worker Safety and Health
LINKS TO WMDay REPORTS:
AFL-CIO Death on the Job Report 2012
Dying for Work in Massachusetts
Dying for Work in California
WANT TO CREATE A WMD REPORT FOR YOUR STATE OR CITY? HERE ARE SOME TEMPLATES THAT MAY HELP YOU.
National COSH Report Template
QUESTIONS? DO YOU NEED SUPPORT ORGANIZING AN EVENT PLEASE CONTACT:
Peter Dooley, firstname.lastname@example.org.
FOR MEDIA INQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT:
Dorry Samuels, email@example.com, (508) 277-7997