Renew the fight for worker safety
To the editor:
Workers Memorial Day will again be observed on Tuesday, April 28, a day on which workers remember those who have been killed or injured on the job and renew the fight for strong health and safety protections.
More than three decades ago, the Occupational Safety and Health Act and Mine Safety and Health Act, passed by Congress, purported to give every worker the right to a safe job. With other allies, we in the labor movement have fought for that promise to become a reality - winning protections that saved hundreds of thousands of lives.
However, the toll continues to be enormous. The challenges are still great after eight years of neglect and inaction by the Bush administration. The economy is in shambles and major hazards are still unchallenged. Many workers lack basic protections and rights.