The labor movement has always led the charge to protect working people from workplace injury, illness and death. Working with allies, we have won strong protections against hazards and stronger rights for workers. Through organizing and collective bargaining, unions have gained even stronger protections and rights that have given workers a real voice in safety and health at the workplace.
The labor movement fought to pass the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970 and the Federal Mine Safety and Health Act of 1977 that promises working people the right to a safe job. We have made real progress: Workplace deaths and injuries have declined dramatically. In fact, the lives of more than half a million workers have been saved by strengthening workplace protections. But too many working people still work in unnecessarily unsafe conditions. Thousands of workers are killed each year—and millions more suffer injuries or illnesses—because of their jobs. There is much more work to be done and we continue to advocate for safe workplaces.
No one should have to sacrifice their life for their livelihood, because a nation built on the dignity of work must provide safe working conditions for its people.”
- Thomas E. Perez
On April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job, and to renew the fight for safe jobs. This year we will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy, and pays fair wages. We will celebrate the victories won by working people, and commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions without the threat of retaliation.
Workers Memorial Day Materials
- Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (English)
- Workers Memorial Day Fact Sheet (Spanish)
- Clip Art (English) (PDF)
- Clip Art (Spanish) (PDF)
- Sticker Art (PDF)
- Workers Memorial Day Materials Order Form (PDF)
- Workers Memorial Day Event Report Form
- Death on the Job Report, 2017 (available late April)
What We’re Doing
Acosta Testimony Raises Serious Questions and Doubts
Alex Acosta’s testimony today raises serious questions and doubts whether he is committed to making life better for working families. Mr. Acosta’s nomination was a major improvement over the previous nominee, based on his qualifications, yet he offered no indication that he would use those qualifications to stand up for workers.