Preparations under way for Workers Memorial Day programs


Madison County Federation of Labor’s Workers Memorial will be April 28, St. Louis Labor Council’s Union Labor Mass will be May 5

REMEMBERING WORKERS LOST, Mother Teresa Danieley leads an interfaith prayer service outside the Shrine of St. Joseph during the 2017 Union Labor Mass. – Labor Tribune photo

Workers lost in the past year, especially those lost to on-the-job injuries or work-related illness, will be remembered in Madison County and St. Louis with Workers Memorial Day programs.

The Greater Madison County Federation of Labor’s Workers Memorial Program will be held on Sunday, April 28 (the Sunday after Easter), at the Workers Memorial Site in Gordon Moore Park, Alton.

Workers killed on the job in the past year will be honored, and the names of those who died in past years will be read along with the tolling of a bell.

The event will begin at 2 p.m. The park is off of Illinois Route 140.

Any union that has had a member suffer a fatal or permanent disabling injury since April 28, 2018, should alert the Federation by calling Mike Fultz at 618-409-4313 or emailing, or calling Federation President B. Dean Webb at 618-259-8558.

In Missouri, the Greater St. Louis Labor Council’s 40th Annual Union Labor Mass –– now known as the Robert O. Kortkamp Memorial Union Labor Mass and Interfaith Prayer Service ––will be held on Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the Shrine of St. Joseph, located at 11th and Biddle in downtown St. Louis.

The Labor Council is asking all affiliated unions to provide the names of union members who passed away in the years 2018 and 2019, and members who died on the job specifically or from “work related” illness or injury during 2018-2019 to be printed in the event program and 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, 2000 Market Street in downtown St. Louis.

To ensure that each unions’ members’ names are included, deceased members names need to be provided to the St. Louis Labor Council by Monday, April 1, 2019.

Deceased members’ names should be submitted alphabetically by last name.

Information may be faxed to 314-291-8676 or emailed to Amy Phillips at or Christine Brame at, or mailed to: St. Louis Labor Council, 3301 Hollenberg Drive, Bridgeton, MO 63044.



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