Decades of struggle by working people and our unions have improved working conditions and made jobs safer, but it has not been enough. This year we are coming together to strengthen our rights and protections to ensure everyone can come home safely at the end of a work shift - and without chronic illnesses from toxic exposures at work.
CUB President Antoinette Ryan-Johnson asks all CUB members to wear blue if possible. If you can, take photos with other union members and coworkers to share with the union to raise awareness on social media. Send your photos to email@example.com.
As we grieve those we have lost from workplace hazards, including COVID-19, we must continue to push forward. We must:
- Ensure all workers have the necessary protections from COVID-19 at work.
- Guarantee all workers have a safety voice on the job and the right to freely form a union without employer interference or intimidation.
- Pass the Protecting America’s Workers Act (PAWA) to provide OSHA protection to the millions of workers without it, stronger criminal and civil penalties for companies that violate job safety laws, and improved anti-retaliation protections.
- Increase efforts to protect the safety and health of Black, Latino and immigrant workers who are disproportionately affected by and especially targeted for speaking up against unsafe working conditions.
- Increase the job safety budgets and improve job safety enforcement.
- Win new protections on infectious diseases, workplace violence, silica exposure in mining, heat illness, exposure to asbestos and other toxic chemicals, and other hazards.
- Defend hard-won safety and health protections and workers’ rights from attacks.
Read more at aflcio.org/workersmemorialday.