Missouri working families are speaking up and calling to reinstate key workplace protections
St. Louis – On April 28, local working people, union officials and community leaders will honor workers who have died or suffered illness or injuries because of their job. A limited number of labor and faith leaders will host a Facebook live-stream at St. Ambrose Catholic Church.
This year marks an especially urgent need to call for worker safety protections against COVID-19. Thousands more workers’ lives are being tragically and needlessly lost to COVID-19 because workers are not getting the protections they need to be safe at work—the protections that would save lives and stop the spread of this deadly virus. The Trump administration has weakened or repealed key protections and has refused to enforce laws that would hold employers accountable and keep front-line and essential workers safe. The administration has slashed safety agency budgets and staff so that workers have been left to fend for themselves.
Working people across America are joining together to fight back against these attacks and are calling for the administration to put working people’s health and safety above corporate interests. It is critical for safety agencies to enact emergency rules that will hold employers accountable and protect workers from infectious diseases like COVID-19 at work.
Labor and faith leaders will honor those who have lost their lives on the job stories during the Facebook live-stream. They will also renew the fight for stronger worker protections across the country. Participants will highlight how the administration’s aggressive actions against workplace safety are a dangerous slap in the face to working people, especially at this crucial time when our communities need safe workplaces the most.
WHAT: Workers Memorial Day
WHEN: Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at 11 a.m.
TUNE IN AT: Fb.com/moaflcio
WHO: Michael Louis, President, Missouri AFL-CIO; Patrick White, President, St. Louis Labor Council; John Stiffler, President, St. Louis Building Trades; Rev. Dr. Teresa Mithen Danieley, Missouri Jobs with Justice, Monsignor Vincent Bommarito, St. Ambrose Catholic Church; Jacob Hummel, Secretary Treasurer, Missouri AFL-CIO