Media Advisory for Monday, April 28
Contact: Sara Wallenfang
Workers and Community Members to Honor Michigan Workers Who Died on the Job
Community Calls for Good Jobs and Safe Jobs for All Working People
(Lansing, MI)– On Monday, April 28 at noon, working families and local officials will gather at Wentworth Park for a ceremony to commemorate those who have perished or suffered injuries or illness on the job and to call on Congress to create safe jobs for all working people.
Workers will speak to the importance of workplace safety. Participants in this observance will read the names of workers killed on the job in Michigan since the beginning of 2014.
Workers continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals like silica, and serious safety hazards like combustible dust and workplace violence. Injured workers and relatives of workers who have lost their lives on the job will share their stores and renew the fight for stronger protections for all working people. Participants will note the Obama administration’s work to strengthen Occupational Safety and Health Administration protections for workers, including a new proposed silica standard to protect workers from this deadly dust. They will call out Republican legislators and big businesses who are trying to roll back regulations and block new safeguards that are needed to make sure our loved ones are safe at work.
WHO: Workers and community members
Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift
International Association of Fire Fighters Local 421 President Chris Lake
Deb Chester of MI-FACE
Area Director of the U.S. Department of Labor Larry Johnson
WHAT: Workers Memorial Day Observance
WHEN: Monday, April 28 at noon
WHERE: Wentworth Park, on North Grand Avenue between East Michigan and East Ottawa streets
VISUALS: Color Guard