Workers Memorial Day

What is Workers Memorial Day?

On April 28, 1971, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality — winning protections that have made jobs safer and have prevented millions of workplace injuries and illnesses.

But our work is not done. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. Employers contract out dangerous work to try to avoid responsibility. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.

Every year on April 28, the United Steelworkers observes Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our fight for safe workplaces.

We pledge to:

You can join in too!

Resources from the AFL-CIO

Click here to visit the AFL-CIO website for more materials including posters, fact sheets and artwork available in English and Spanish.

Other resources

United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities (USMWF) Facebook page