October 5, 2015

Labor Secretary Perez on Workers’ Memorial Day


WASHINGTON – U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas E. Perez today issued the following statement on Workers’ Memorial Day: “Each year, Workers’ Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to remember those who have lost their lives in the course of a day’s work, and to recommit to keeping workers safe on the job. In 2015, as [...]

Wytkind: Intolerance for unsafe workplaces


Each year, thousands of transportation workers are hurt or killed on the job. These women and men devote their lives to keeping our transportation system – the backbone of the U.S. economy – running, and they deserve far better. This Tuesday, April 28, is Workers’ Memorial Day: a time to remember those workers who have [...]

150 workers die daily from injury, disease


WASHINGTON – In 2011, 4,693 workers were killed on the job, according to a new AFL-CIO report, “Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect.” That is an average of 13 workers every day. In addition, another estimated 50,000 die every year from occupational diseases – an average of 137 a day, bringing the total [...]

N.C. SLD: Let’s focus on workplace safety


By Ron Ingerick,North Carolina State Legislative Director –  The deadly explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas, and the deaths of workers and first responders there should be a wake-up call for all of us here. Last year, in North Carolina, 148 of our hardworking sisters and brothers left for work one day and [...]