Workers Memorial Day Rally Tomorrow

Author Subject: Workers Memorial Day Rally Tomorrow
Del Posted At 21:54:49 04/26/2001

Workers Memorial Day April 27


FRIDAY, APRIL 27, 2001 - NOON TO 1 p.m.

Friday, April 27, the Oregon AFL-CIO will sponsor a rally in observance of Workers Memorial Day at the state Capitol in Salem. Activities from noon to 1:00 p.m. will feature safety and health advocates from the Oregon AFL-CIO and prominent government officials -including a reading of the Governor's proclamation on Workers Memorial Day.

Workers Memorial Day 2001 marks the thirty-first anniversary of the passage of the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act, commonly referred to as "OSHA". Despite this landmark piece of legislation, American workers continue to face inordinately high rates of employment-caused injuries, diseases, and death.

Every working day, an average of 40 American workers are killed, while another 7,000 are seriously injured on the job. In addition, 40 more workers die each day from occupationally caused diseases.

Workers Memorial Day commemorates these killed and injured workers as well as the contributions they have made to our society. It is also a day when members of Organized Labor can demonstrate their commitment to ending the needless pain, suffering and loss of life, which are associated with unhealthy and unsafe working conditions.

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