Workers’ Memorial Day is an annual, international day of remembrance, held on April 28th. It is designated as a day to reflect on and remember the countless workers who have been injured, disabled, made ill, and/or killed as a result of their work. Additionally, it is a time to show worker solidarity, and to express commitment to the cause of protecting workers and advancing their rights. Coincidentally, Workers’ Memorial Day is on the same day that OSHA (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) was founded in 1971. We are excited to announce that OSHA is planning to launch a new campaign, to promote safe and healthful workers, on Workers’ Memorial Day 2014.
WNYCOSH is committed to the protection of workers, and the improvement of working conditions. As such, Workers’ Memorial Day is one of the most important days of the year for us, and provides us with a prime opportunity to affirm our goals and collaborate with other groups that can help us meet them. Additionally, April 28th is also a day to remember an important historical figure for WNYCOSH: Mary Harris Jones, more commonly known as Mother Jones. She was a hugely successful organizer of mineworkers—with the United Mine Workers union—and vociferous supporter of child labor laws. Her famous motto, “Pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living”, is WNYCOSH’s slogan.
While the Memorial Day of May currently attracts far more attention, and is founded on a noble cause, we think that the same respect should be paid to the innumerable men and women who have died or been adversely affected in their support of the American economy. More importantly, we must raise awareness of such incidents, such that we can mitigate their severity and frequency.