Workers, Labor Leaders & CONN-OSHA to Honor 35 CT Workers Who Lost Their Lives on the Job

On Friday, April 26, at 12:00 p.m., local workers, advocates, elected officials, and students will gather at the Workers Memorial in Bushnell Park for a ceremony to honor workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries on the job.

This year marks an especially urgent fight, as the Trump administration continues to roll back and weaken protections and rights for working people. Every year since taking office, President Trump has tried to slash the budget for job safety research and eliminate OSHA’s programs for training workers.

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, 35 workers in Connecticut lost their lives to work-related injuries in 2017, the latest data available. An additional 37,600 workers suffered on-the-job injuries or illnesses.

The speakers will commemorate those who lost their lives on the job and renew the fight for stronger protections for workers across the country. Three students from Stonington, Guilford, and South Windsor will read a selected portion of their health and safety essays and receive scholarship awards. CONN-OSHA Director Kenneth Tucker and former Health & Safety Committee Chair Paul Dickes will receive the Connecticut AFL-CIO Health & Safety Award.

WHAT: Workers Memorial Day Ceremony

WHEN: Friday, April 26, at 12:00 p.m.

WHERE: Workers Memorial in Bushnell Park (map)

WHO: Connecticut AFL-CIO Health & Safety Committee
Speakers will include labor leaders, advocates, students, and CONN-OSHA

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