Names of members we lost needed for Union Labor Mass

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Remembering our brothers and sisters

REMEMBERING WORKERS who lost their lives, Father Richard H. Creason (center) leads a memorial ceremony inside the Shrine of St. Joseph prior to last year’s Robert O. Kortkamp Memorial Union Labor Mass. –Labor Tribune file photo
REMEMBERING WORKERS who lost their lives, Father Richard H. Creason (center) leads a memorial ceremony inside the Shrine of St. Joseph prior to last year’s Robert O. Kortkamp Memorial Union Labor Mass.
– Labor Tribune file photo

The Greater St. Louis Labor Council is asking all affiliated unions to provide names of their unions’ members who were deceased in the years 2013-2014 to be included in the annual Union Labor Mass.

The names will be included in the event program so family members and union brothers and sisters may remember them at this special mass.

The 35th Annual Union Labor Mass – now known as the Robert O. Kortkamp Memorial Union Labor Mass – will be held on Sunday, May 4, at 9 a.m. at the Shrine of St. Joseph, located at 11th and Biddle.

The names of members who died on the job specifically or from “work related” illness or injury during 2013-2014 will be recognized with a special ceremony before the mass at 8:30 a.m. outside the church.

Brunch will follow the mass at Maggie O’Brien’s at 2000 Market Street in St. Louis.

To ensure that each union’s members’ names are included, deceased members’ names should be provided to the St. Louis Labor Council by no later than Friday, April 4.

Information may be faxed to 314-291-8676, emailed to Assistant to the President Karen Lyons at klyons@stlclc.org, or mailed to: St. Louis Labor Council, 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044.

FIGHTING FOR WORKER SAFETY

While we remember our fallen brothers and sisters, it is important also to remember what Organized Labor has done to improve workplace safety and reduce worker deaths.

Unions have championed and fought for worker safety throughout their history, influencing state and federal regulations and investing in health and safety education and technical expertise to protect workers’ health and often save lives.

The current push in the Missouri Legislature to make Missouri the 25th right-to-work state threatens not only wages and benefits of union members and the viability of unions, it endangers lives.

The rate of workplace deaths is 36 percent higher in states with right-to-work laws, according the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

It is imperative that we stop these vicious anti-union, anti-worker attacks to protect workers’ wages and benefits as well as their health and safety.

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