150 Workers Die on the Job Every Day

     New AFL-CIO Report: aflcio.org/death-on-the-job


(Washington, D.C., April 26, 2017) In 2015, 150 workers died from preventable work-related injuries and illnesses every day in the United States, on average, according to a report released today by the AFL-CIO. 4,836 workers died due to workplace injuries, and another 50,000-60,000 died from occupational diseases. The number of immigrant workers killed on the job reached a nearly 10-year high.

“Corporate negligence and weak safety laws have resulted in tragedy for an astonishing and unacceptable number of working families,” said AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka. “Instead of working for stronger protections, too many Republican politicians in Washington, including the Trump administration, are trying to roll back commonsense regulations that enable workers to return home safely to their families. These are more than numbers; they are our brothers and sisters, and a reminder of the need to continue our fight for every worker to be safe on the job every day.”

The report, titled Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, marks the 26th year the AFL-CIO has reported on the state of safety and health protections for workers in the United States. The report shows the highest workplace fatality rates are in North Dakota, Wyoming, Montana, Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Nebraska and West Virginia.

According to the report, Latino workers have an 18% higher fatality rate than the national average. Deaths among Latino workers increased to 903, compared with 804 in 2014. Overall, 943 immigrant workers were killed on the job in 2015—the highest number since 2007.

The report also finds that construction, transportation and agriculture remain among the most dangerous sectors. 937 construction workers were killed in 2015—the highest in any sector. Older workers also are at high risk, with those 65 or older 2.5 times more likely to die on the job. Workplace violence continues to be a growing problem for workers, resulting in 703 deaths.


Release online here: https://aflcio.org/press/releases/150-workers-die-job-every-day


Workers Memorial Day Events around Iowa.

Workers’ Memorial Day: April 28-29

Each year dozens of Iowa workers are killed at work and hundreds more suffer work-related injuries or diseases. Workers’ Memorial Day is recognized by the International Labour Organization as an international day of remembrance for those killed by workplace incidents or diseases, with events held on April 28 each year.  Central labor councils across the state next week will remember Iowa workers who died on the job last year and hold events dedicated to strengthening commitments to creating safer workplaces. See below for Workers’ Memorial Day events around Iowa.

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. Event sponsored by Arconic; USW 105; IBEW 1379 – Joint Safety and Health Committee.

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 and Cedar Rapids Police Chief, Wayne Jerman. . For more information contact Jay Larson: jlarson@uweci.org or 319-431-0184. Cedar Rapids Police Honor Guard will be part of the event. Sponsored by Hawkeye Area Labor Council.

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. Sponsored by Western Iowa Labor Federation  AFL-CIO. John Holben, President of NALC 314 and Pastor at Community Christ Church, will speak. Other speakers include: Jake Peters, attorney with Peters Law Firm specializing in Iowa Workers’ Compensation Claims for claimants, and John Kretzchmar, Director for the William Brennan Institute of Labor Studies at the University of Omaha.

Des Moines: April 28 11 AM. Outside, west side of the Capitol. Speakers, Salute.  Contact Mark Cooper at mark@scifl.org.  515-265-1862. Sponsored by South Central Iowa Area Labor Federation  AFL-CIO. Rain option Wallace Building Auditorium.

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

 Keokuk : Lee County Labor ChapterSaturday 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. Sponsored by The Iowa City Federation of Labor – AFL-CIO, the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa and the University of Iowa Labor Center. Invocation, Pastor Anthony Smith, New Creation International Church. Speaker Ann Byrne, SEIU Local 199; Reading of names – Jesse Case Teamsters Local 238 and Paul Iversen, U of I Labor Center. Taps- Dan Johnson O’Mara, AFSCME Local 12. Speakers: Sergio Irund A-was, President of the Center for Worker Justice of Eastern Iowa; Landon Storrs, Professor of History, U of I. There will be workshops after the ceremony at the public Library by the University of Iowa Labor Center.

Sioux City: April 28 6 PM at UFCW #222 Hall, 3038 Lakeport, Sioux City. Contact Erne Colt, 712-223-9423  ecolt@ncsrcc.org.Sponsored by Western Iowa Labor Federation  AFL-CIO. Father Boes will do the opening prayer. Dennis McElwain is an injury compensation attorney who will also speak. Western Iowa Labor Federation President, Ernie Colt will read the names of the deceased.

Waterloo:April 28  5:30 PM.  Black Hawk Labor Temple, 1695 Burton Ave, Waterloo. Speakers – Iowa Senator Bill Dotzler, Black Hawk Labor Assembly President, Cal Eckhoff and others. Mayors of Waterloo and Cedar Falls have been invited to speak.  Contact Jerry Hageman for more information – slinky1.jh@gmail.com 319-230-3757. Sponsored by the Hawkeye Area Labor Council – AFL-CIO (Black Hawk Labor Assembly)

2016 list of those who died on the job


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