WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) introduced a resolution honoring Workers’ Memorial Day, an international holiday commemorating workers who were killed, disabled, injured, or made unwell on the job. Workers’ Memorial Day is observed annually on April 28, the anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) going into effect.
“I was proud to lead this resolution honoring Workers’ Memorial Day because I stand with labor to honor and remember victims of workplace-related death, injuries and disease,” said Senator Baldwin. “Across the country, we’ve seen a renewed interest in union organizing to give workers a voice at some of America’s largest employers. Together, we will continue to stand in solidarity with labor to ensure every workers’ safety is protected on the job.”
“Workers’ Memorial Day is a solemn reminder of all of the workers who have been lost tragically on the job. They’ve left family and loved ones behind, and we must honor their memories by strengthening safety and health protections,” said AFL-CIO President Liz Shuler. “There is still work to do to ensure that every worker has the right to go home safe at the end of a shift. We strongly urge the Senate to support this resolution.”
Baldwin’s resolution is co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Bob Casey (D-PA), Dick Durbin (D-IL), Alex Padilla (D-CA), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Pat Murray (D-WA), Ron Wyden (D-OR), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Maggie Hassan (D-NH), John Hickenlooper (D-CO), Ben Ray Luján (D-NM), Tina Smith (D-MN), Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Ben Cardin (D-MD), and Jeanne Shaheen (D-ND).
A full text of the resolution is available here.