Advisory: National COSH to Host Speak Out For Workers’ Memorial Week / COSH Nacional Organiza Manifestación Nacional por la Semana Conmemorativa de Trabajadorxs

23 Apr 2021

Friday, April 23, 2021
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Advisory: Tuesday 4/27, 2:00 pm ET/11:00 am PT

National COSH to Host Speak Out
on 4/27 For Workers’ Memorial Week

“Deadly Risks, Costly Failures” report to show
impact of COVID-19 and other workplace hazards;
 Workers and families to share testimony as push continues
for Emergency Temporary Standard from U.S. OSHA

LOS ANGELES, CA  â€“ The  National Council for Occupational Safety and Health (National COSH)  will host a bilingual  National Speak Out  in observance of  Workers’ Memorial Week  this coming Tuesday, April 27th at 2:00 pm EDT/ 11:00 am PDT.

The National Speak Out will feature testimony from injured workers, surviving family members and co-workers and local organizers.   National COSH will also release its “Deadly Risks, Costly Failures” report during the event, which documents the impact of COVID-19 and other workplace hazards on workers and families during 2020 and 2021.

News media are invited to attend the Speak Out and will have an opportunity for Q and A with panelists.

  • Jessica E. Martinez,  Co-Executive Director, National COSH
  • Pascaline Muhindura,  National Nurses United, speaking about her co-worker  Celia Yap-Banago,  who died from COVID-19 at an HCA hospital in Kansas City in 2020
  • Hugo Flores  from  Georgia Familias Unidas,  survivor of the fatal explosion at Foundation Food Group in Gainesville, GA, which claimed six lives
  • Jenifer Enamorado Ayala,  Workers’ Dignity,  speaking about her brother  Gustavo “Kike” Ramirez,  who died at age 16 from a preventable fall on a Nashville construction site
  • Adrian Ventura,  Executive Director, Centro Comunitario de Trabajadores,  speaking about a successful campaign by seafood workers in New Bedford, MA to win COVID-19 safety protections

What:  National  SPEAK OUT  in observance of Workers’ Memorial Week

When:  Tuesday, April 27rd, 2:00pm EDT/ 11:00 am PDT

Where:   Register for Zoom call  here  or RSVP to  [email protected]

“COVID-19 has introduced a terrible new risk in frontline workplaces, on top of the many safety hazards workers already face,” said  Jessica Martinez,  co-executive director of National COSH.   “Tragically, many employers — as well as government safety officials — have failed to respond to this public health emergency.”

“Workers can’twait, and that’s why we” ve seen a wave of strikes, job actions and campaigns to win safety protections,” said Martinez. “It’s vital that the U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) release a COVID-19 Emergency Temporary Standard (ETS) now. Workers must be involved, from start to finish, in creating and implementing COVID-19 prevention plans in every workplace.”

No U.S. public agency is tracking COVID-19 workplace infections, illnesses and fatalities. The total number of work-related deaths from the pandemic is untracked and unknown.
Workers’ Memorial Week — April 24 – May 3, 2021 —   remembers all those who have been injured, suffered illnesses or lost their lives at work. The event is observed nationwide and around the world by workers, unions, surviving family members, and health and safety activists in workplaces and communities.

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