Chattanooga Area Labor Council To Host Workers Memorial Day Event

Friday, April 18, 2014

The Chattanooga Area Labor Council will host a Workers Memorial Day Event on Monday, April 28, to remember all workers who have suffered and died on the job and to renew efforts for safe workplaces.   

This is a worldwide campaign, sponsored by the AFL-CIO, to generate awareness and support of workers’ rights to "safe, healthy and respectful work environments."  

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Workers Memorial Day in the United States. It is also the 43rd anniversary of the adoption by Congress of the Occupational Safety and Health Act, to ensure safe and healthy working conditions for all workers.  

“Workplace fatalities and injuries have declined significantly over the past 43 years,” says Gary Watkins, president of the Chattanooga Area Labor Council, “but our work is never done. We want our community to recognize that this is not a union vs. non-union issue or a partisan issue.  This is a matter of protecting all workers so that they make it home to their families, unharmed, each day.”

The event will take place at 5:30 p.m. at the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Local 175, 3922 Volunteer Dr.  The public is invited to attend.  

For more information about Workers Memorial Day, visit

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