Workers Memorial Day

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 defend hard-won victories by working people from attacks by right-wing Republicans and business groups. We will commit to fighting until all workers have safe jobs and the freedom to form unions to seek a better future.

The Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act promise workers the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality—winning protections that have made jobs safer, saved hundreds of thousands of lives and prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.

But our work is not done. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

The safety and health gains we have won are now threatened. The Trump administration has launched an all-out assault on regulations. The president has ordered that for every new protection, two existing safeguards must be removed from the books. At the same time Republicans in Congress have moved quickly to overturn new rules issued by the Obama administration. Agency budgets and enforcement programs are on the chopping block. The safety and health of workers and the public are in danger.

We must fight back. We cannot and will not let them turn back the clock and destroy the progress we have made to make jobs safer and save lives.

Please join us on Workers Memorial Day as we continue the fight for safe jobs.

Bettendorf:April 28 Noon, USW Local 105 Union Hall. 880 Devils Glen Rd, Bettendorf. Doors Open at 11 AM. Contact Brad Greve  563-343-7652   uswprez105@gmail.com

Cedar Rapids: April 28 5 Pm IAM 831 HAll 222 Prospect Place SW  Cedar Rapids. Speakers Iowa Senator Rob Hogg, and Paul Iversen of the University of Iowa Labor Center. For more information contact Jay Larson: jlarson@uweci.org or 319-431-0184

Clinton : Friday April 28th 1pm – 2pm: Riverfront Park   Riverview Drive Clinton, Iowa. Contact Bob Krajnovich  563-242-4298

Council Bluffs: April 28 6 PM Bayliss Park, 100 Pearl St. Council Bluffs. Contact Scott Punteney, 402-657-1007   spunteney@wilaflcio.org

Des Moines: April 28 11 AM. Outside, west side of the Capitol.Speakers, Salute.  Contact Mark Cooper at mark@scifl.org.  515-265-1862

Dubuque: April 28 5:30, Union Labor Temple, 1610 Garfield Ave, Dubuque. Color Guard, Fife and Drums, Speakers: Ken Sagar, Abby Finkenauer and Roy Buol, for more information dubuquelabor@gmail.com or Tom Townsend 563-543-4708  tom@ibew704@gmail.com

 Keokuk : Lee County Labor Chapter: Saturday April 29th : Social Hour begins at 5:30pm: Keokuk Labor Temple   301 Blondeau Street   Keokuk, IA . Contact Jeff Kurtz ia.chairman@gmail.com

Iowa City” April 28 12:15 Ped Mall. Speakers – Fountain Plaza. Rain location, Congregational United Church of Christ, 30 N Clinton St.  For more information Greg Hearns ghearns@iowalabor.com

Sioux City: April 28 6 PM at UFCW #222 Hall, 3038 Lakeport, Sioux City. Contact Erne Colt, 712-223-9423  ecolt@ncsrcc.org

Waterloo:April 28  5:30 PM.  Black Hawk Labor Temple, 1695 Burton Ave, Waterloo. Speakers – Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler and others. Contact Jerry Hageman for more information – slinky1.jh@gmail.com 319-230-3757.

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