On Workers' Memorial Day, we're praying for all workers—that their workplaces be healthy and safe. We remember those who have died at work and pledge to fight so no more people die on the job. No more tragedies... like what happened to Jose Melena, a repairman who tragically died in a California Bumble Bee Foods factory after he was trapped in an oven with 12,000 lbs of tuna fish (read about the lawsuit against the company). It's unthinkable that workers' lives can be so carelessly endangered at work. Interfaith Worker Justice and affiliated worker centers and interfaith groups honored workers who have died on the job today and last weekend all across the country.
Today, on Workers' Memorial Day, we remember in a special way all of the workers whose deaths could have been prevented. We renew our commitment to pushing lawmakers and employers to strengthen workplace safety trainings and protections. Affiliates such as Mass COSH, Center for Workers Justice of Eastern Iowa, Northwest Arkansas Workers Justice Center, Fe y Justicia and South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice, IWJ of East Tennessee and New York Labor Religion Coalition hosted or joined events today. New Labor in New Jersey led a rally and march (below).
Check out more photos from New Labor's Facebook account. Our friends at the Workers Justice Project in Brooklyn also hosted a march.