Statement by AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka On Workers Memorial Day

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 27, 2012.

On Workers Memorial Day, we come together to recognize the value of every life and the fundamental dignity of every person. From working in Pennsylvania’s coal mines – just as my father did before me, and his father did before him – I know the fear and uncertainty that comes with not knowing whether you or your loved ones will come home safe at the end of the day. I join working people across the country in standing with the families and communities who have experienced the loss of a great friend, neighbor, mother, father, sister or brother.

While we have made great strides in making our workplaces safer, too many women and men in this country and around the world continue to be hurt or killed on the job. It is horrifying that too many companies are willing to cut corners and sacrifice working Americans’ safety for the sake of increased profits. And that too many politicians are unwilling to support strong enforceable safety and health rules like the OSHA silica rule currently languishing. It’s a disgrace and a dishonor to the millions who have perished, been disabled or made ill while working hard to provide for their families and to serve our communities. 

This day and every day, let us remember the millions who have lost their lives and health and honor them by committing to jobs with dignity, respect, and safety.