The deaths of Roxbury Correctional Institutional Officer Jeffery Alan Wroten and the 12 men who worked the Sago coal mine framed the mood of union officials and lawmakers at the Workers Memorial Day program Friday.
"I know that when you kiss your wife and family good-bye, you want to be able to kiss your wife and family hello," said Seaven Gordon, of the United Steel Workers #20388. Workers Memorial Day was founded in April 28, 1989 as a day of remembrance for all those who have died on the job, said Teresa Martin, the union's recording secretary. April 28 also marks the passage of the Occupational Safety Health Act (OSHA) in 1970.
The law outlins workplace safety standards.
This year state, county and city lawmakers joined nearly a dozen union officials from the Central Maryland AFL-CIO, the American Federal, State, County and Municipal Employees and the United Steel Workers in honoring the late Jeffery A. Wroten and the 12 miners of the Sago Mine.