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Workers Memorial Day and National Day for Mourning Is April 28

April 9, 2013 –The IAFF is encouraging its affiliates to observe Workers Memorial Day and the National Day of Mourning on April 28 to commemorate workers who have been injured, killed or suffer illness as a result of occupational accidents and hazards.

In 1989, April 28 was chosen as Workers Memorial Day because it is the anniversary of the day the Occupational Safety and Health Administration Act (OSHA) went into effect. OSHA protects workers by instituting occupational safety and health standards that cultivate safe working environments and remove recognized hazards that may cause death or serious harm to workers.

The AFL-CIO has announced that this year’s theme is “Safe Jobs Save Lives. Make Your Voice Heard.” The organization is calling for stronger safeguards to prevent injuries and save lives and for union members to speak out and bargain for a better future.

The Canadian National Day of Mourning is also observed on April 28. In 1984, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) officially declared it an annual day of remembrance. In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act so that on April 28, 1991, it was officially made the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace.

The IAFF, the AFL-CIO and the CLC encourage union members to get involved and organize actions, activities or observances in the workplace or the community to highlight the toll of job injuries and deaths, and demand better job safety protections.


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