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Organized Labor In Chautauqua County Holds Its 18th Annual Workers Memorial Day Service

Published Tuesday, May 15, 2018
by Ove Overmyer/CSEA Western Region Communications
Organized Labor In Chautauqua County Holds Its 18th Annual Workers Memorial Day Service

(FREWSBURG, NEW YORK) - The Chautauqua County Workers Memorial Committee held its 18th Annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony earlier this month at the Chautauqua County Workers Memorial site in the Town of Frewburg’s Erlandson Overview Park.

Workers Memorial Day - annually held on April 28th, is a day of remembering all of the local men and women from Chautauqua County who’ve been killed on the job, in the line of duty or died from job related causes.  This year’s ceremony recognized more than 140 individuals who’ve passed away since 1980.

The event was open to the public and the keynote speaker was Chautauqua County Executive George Borrello.  Other speakers included New York State Senator Cathy Young, New York State Assemblyman Andrew Goodell and Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Chautauqua County Local 807 President Bonnie Peters.

The Chautauqua County Workers Memorial Site is made possible through the cooperation of Chautauqua County, Chautauqua County Parks Commission, Local Labor Organizations and by donations from a family of supporters.

“This beautiful location is a place of reverence where we meet annually to remember Workers who have lost their lives due to work-related injuries in Chautauqua County.  We are here to honor men and women who went to work and never returned home - people who had a right to a safe and secure workplace with the proper tools to do their jobs safely,” Peters told those in attendance. “We offer our deep condolences to the family and friends of the fallen Workers.  As we gather to mourn, to reflect, and to honor - let us also rededicate ourselves to making every workplace in our county safer and healthier.  Be it office, field, factory, hospital, or roadway - every Worker deserves a safe environment to work in.  Let us all strive to do our best to reach a day when there are no new fallen Workers to mourn.”  

“Safety laws exist in large part due to the diligence of Unions.  We remain at the forefront of the fight for Worker Safety Laws and Regulations.  As many protections are under attack, CSEA and our Brothers and Sisters in other Unions are continuing our fight to keep life-saving OSHA (U.S. Department of Occupational Safety & Health Administration) Regulations in place.  We must diligently protect the regulations that protect us.  We must renew our commitment to fight to protect Workers from illness, injury and death,” Peters continued.

“Every Worker deserves to go home safely to their loved ones at the end of their work day.  Let us do all we can to protect every Worker - no matter what vital job they perform in Chautauqua County.  In closing, I would like to thank our political allies who continue to support us.  Due to their support I feel confident in saying that we want the same thing - healthier Workers, safer workplaces and a stronger Chautauqua County,” she said.

Members of the Chautauqua County Workers’ Memorial Committee include: Co-Chairman George Borrello, County Executive; Co-Chairman Doug Stock, President of Dunkirk Central Labor Council; Co-Chairman Dave Wilkinson, Jamestown Central Labor Council; Secretary and Treasurer Robert Dando Jr., National Conference of Firemen and Oilers Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 32BJ; Reva Byczynski, CSEA Local 903/3; Mary Ellen Decker, New York State United Teachers (NYSUT), Dunkirk Teachers (Retired); Don Emhardt, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 106; Paul Fardink, Friend of Labor Management; Hank Hoisington, CSEA Local 903/3; James Kurtz, CSEA Local 903/3; Peters, CSEA Local 807/6300; Jack Rudy, President Emeritus of Jamestown Central Labor Council; William Servis, Pipefitter and Sprinkler Local 699; Steve Skidmore, CSEA Local 807/6300; George Spitale, American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Local 418; and Gary Swain, International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE) Local 17.

To Directly Access This Labor News Report, Go To: https://cseany.org/workforce/csea-regions/region-6/chautauqua-county-holds-18th-annual-workers-memorial-day-service/

Above Photo Courtesy of The Jamestown-Post Journal.

To Read The Jamestown Post-Journal’s Report, Headlined: Fallen Workers Honored During Annual Memorial Day Event, Go To: www.post-journal.com/news/local-news/2018/05/fallen-workers-honored-during-annual-memorial-day-event/

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