On Tuesday April 28, 2015 Wisconsin workers will join with communities across the globe to pay tribute to workers killed or injured on the job.
Despite the progress workers and their unions have made in making workplaces safer and protecting workers, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. At the same time, workers’ wages are stagnant and inequality is growing.
Workers are joining together on April 28 to “pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living,” as we raise our voices as one for safe jobsand worker protections.
Join us in Wisconsin as we pay our respects to our brothers and sisters who never came home from work.
April 28, 2015 – Workers’ Memorial Day Commemoration Events in Wisconsin
La Crosse: 5:30 p.m., Green Island Park, Labors Grove.
Madison: 10:30 a.m. Madison Labor Temple, 1602 S. Park St., Room 201A
Madison: 4:00 p.m. Saint Patrick’s Church, 404 E. Main Street, Madison. A special Construction Workers’ Memorial Day Service will be held to honor those individuals who lost their lives in construction accidents in the past year.
Milwaukee: 5:00 p.m., Zeidler Union Square Park.
This year’s commemoration comes at a time when Workers’ Compensation protections are under attack across the country and in Wisconsin. Governor Walker’s proposed budget attempts to upend our Workers Compensation system by splitting its department and transferring its many functions to two separate State departments. Our current system has proven results that are beneficial for our workers and employers. We know that states that have split systems like Illinois and Texas have worse outcomes for injured workers. Wisconsin’s Worker’s Compensation system is one of the best in the country and it should stay that way. Wisconsin lawmakers should reject any proposal that would split and transfer the Workers Compensation Division functions to other departments.