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April 28th is Workers Memorial Day

April 24, 2019 Updated: April 5, 2021

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On Sunday, April 28—Workers’ Memorial Day—workers in the U.S. and around the world honor the memory of the thousands who have been killed on the job and the millions of workers who have suffered from injuries, sickness or diseases in their places of work.

For decades, the UFCW and unions like ours have fought for workplace safety protections, including the passage of the mine safety law and the Occupational Safety and Health Act. While we have made progress, too many workers in the U.S. and around the world are still suffering or dying on the job.

On Workers Memorial Day and every day, the UFCW stands with workers who are fighting to uphold their basic rights – including safe jobs, workplace fairness and collective bargaining. Working people deserve a safe place to work, and those politicians and corporations that weaken work safety laws and exploit workers for profit and put them in danger must be held accountable. Protecting America’s workers should be a core American value, and our leaders should be focused on doing everything they can to keep America’s workers safe.