A Reminder - Workers Memorial Day Is April 28th – A Message From Civil Service Employees Association Western Region President Steve Healy
CSEA Editor’s Note: Steve Healy serves as President of Civil Service Employees Association’s (CSEA) Western Region, which covers 14 Western New York Counties and supports 46,000 Public Workers who are Members in more than 80 Locals and 220 Units, and who work in state government, local government, school districts, library systems, public authorities and in the Private Sector.
On April 28th, Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) Members and other Workers around the world will remember those who went to work - who unfortunately were injured or killed on the job and never came home.
Fifty years ago on this date, the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) went into effect, promising every Worker the right to a safe job.
The law was won because of the tireless efforts of the Labor Movement, which organized for safer working conditions and demanded government action.
Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality - winning protections that have made jobs safer and has saved many lives.
But our work is not done.
Each year, thousands of Workers are killed and millions more suffer injury or illness because of dangerous working conditions.
We must remain vigilant in our work to keep our workplaces safe and healthy as possible.
One thing is for sure, the COVID-19 Pandemic shined a bright light on the need for employers to implement better health and safety standards at their workplaces.
The virus has killed more than 500,000 people in this country so far - devastating Working Families, with a disproportionate impact on People of Color and poorer neighborhoods.
Despite all the challenges we faced, CSEA and our allies stepped up to demand and win job protections during the pandemic.
As Essential Workers, we organized for safe jobs and the right to speak out against unsafe standards.
We demanded access to PPE (Personal Protection Equipment), proper ventilation, respirators and other measures to protect Workers from being exposed to the virus.
Given the lack of Federal action early on, Unions fought for and won better protections in our local communities and we held state lawmakers and employers accountable.
We accomplished this because we are organized Working People who spoke with one voice.
The simple truth is workplace deaths are preventable and we will continue our fight until everyone can do their jobs safely.
As we approach the end of the month, please take time to attend or observe a Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony near you.
A full list of virtual and in-person events will be published mid-April on our region website and shared on our Social Media pages.