Today, UFCW observes Workers Memorial Day to remember those who died or were injured on the job. This day serves as a reminder that we need to continue to organize and strengthen our commitment for workplaces with stronger safety and health protections.
Since its inception, UFCW and the labor movement have fought for the implementation of legislation to protect working Americans like the Occupational Safety and Health Act – enacted on April 28, 1971.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, essential workers have and continue to step up for our communities while facing hazardous conditions and risking their health and lives, as well as their families. According to the latest UFCW estimates, among our union membership nationwide, there have been at least 505 frontline worker deaths and at least 131,295 frontline workers infected or exposed.
“In this moment when America’s workers are facing ever-evolving hazards, we must do more than just honor their memories and sacrifices. Those in positions of power must take the necessary steps to improve workplace safety, continue to mitigate the risks posed by the pandemic, reduce the threat of violence in the workplace, and protect those who have made life-changing sacrifices while serving as essential workers for all of us during this time of crisis.”Marc Perrone, UFCW International President
Today and everyday, UFCW stands with workers to ensure everyone feels safe at work and has the right to join a union to hold employers accountable and fight for stronger safety standards.