Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans announces 2024 Workers Memorial Day Interfaith Prayer Service and Breakfast April 28

REMEMBERING WORKERS: Rev. Dr. Teresa Mithen Danieley, leads an interfaith prayer outside the Shrine of St. Joseph remembering workers lost at last year’s Workers Memorial Day Interfaith Prayer Service remembering workers lost in 2022-23. – Labor Tribune photo

The Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans has announced the 2024 Workers Memorial Day Interfaith Prayer Service and Brunch, being held on Sunday, April 28, at the Shrine of St. Joseph at 11th and Biddle streets in downtown St. Louis.

Every April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO across America observe Workers’ Memorial Day to remember those who have been injured, contracted an illness, or died as a result of simply doing their jobs over the past year. The date is the anniversary of the Federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA), which was enacted on April 28, 1970.  This will be the 44th annual Labor Mass in St. Louis, one of the longest running Workers Memorial Day events in the nation.

On an average day, 150 workers lose their lives as a result of preventable workplace injuries and occupational diseases.

“The Alliance for Retired Americans is happy and honored to be able to help continue this tradition and coordinate the Labor Mass,” said Mike Louis, retired IAM member, retired president of the Missouri AFL-CIO, and president of the Missouri Alliance for Retired Americans.  “We’ll be sending information to each local and have more information in the Labor Tribune in the weeks to come.”

The Union Prayer Service and Mass, honoring deceased union workers will be begin at 8:30 a.m. with an interfaith prayer service outside the church, followed at 9 a.m. with a mass inside the Shrine of St. Joseph, patron saint of the working man.

“This will be an interfaith service and clergy of several faiths will be participating. All faiths and denominations are welcome,” Louis said.

The interfaith service and mass will be followed by the annual breakfast at Maggie O’Brien’s, 2000 Market St., St. Louis, Mo. 63103.

To make sure all union brothers, sisters and siblings that passed on the job or from work related injury or illness in 2023 are honored, Louis is asking locals to send their list departed members to him at mikezaxbi@hotmail.com by March 21 to ensure they are remembered in the program.


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