AFL-CIO to memorialize workplace deaths April 28
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The West Virginia AFL-CIO will hold its 25th annual observance of Workers Memorial Day on April 28.
Unions created the day as a nationwide remembrance of workers who die from workplace hazards, including 22 West Virginia workers who died in 2012.
Congress passed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, legislation that helped make workplaces safer.
"But our work is not done," the West Virginia AFL-CIO stated. "Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. It is our hope that Workers Memorial Day will help focus greater attention on workplace conditions and further efforts to enact safety and health legislation."
The April 28 ceremony will take place beginning at 2 p.m. at Willow Island Memorial, across from the Pleasants Power Station on W.Va. 2, north of Parkersburg.