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Session of 2017 - 2018 Regular Session


Posted: February 20, 2018 11:58 AM
From: Representative Eddie Day Pashinski
To: All House members
Subject: Workers' Memorial Day - April 28,2018
In the near future, I will re-introduce a resolution recognizing the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor Council, respecting the lives of our workers and commemorating “Workers’ Memorial Day” in Pennsylvania.

Workers’ Memorial Day is observed on April 28 each year to honor those workers who have lost their lives on the job and to acknowledge the families and communities who suffer as a result of workplace deaths, illnesses and injuries. This observance provides us the opportunity to recommit ourselves to creating good jobs and safe and healthy workplaces for our fellow citizens.

According to the Federal Bureau of Labor Statistics, 5,190 workers lost their life in 2016 in workplace accidents. This is a seven percent increase over 2015 and the highest total since 2008. In Pennsylvania, 163 of our fellow workers lost their lives to a workplace accident, the lowest total in the past three years. We must continue to raise awareness about the importance of workplace safety to continue minimizing injuries and these avoidable losses.

This year, the Greater Wilkes-Barre Labor council will hold its twelfth annual Workers’ Memorial Day event and candlelight vigil on April 28, 2018. In recognizing this local organization and the national observance of this important day, we honor our workers, both here in Pennsylvania and across the nation.

As we pay homage to those lost and provide support to their families, we must strive for the appropriate oversight and take every necessary step to ensure a safe, healthy and hazard free workplace. Supporting our workers as they labor to provide for their families and communities is critical to maintain safety standards and high productivity, producing a thriving Commonwealth.

I hope you will join me in honoring our workers by co-sponsoring this resolution.