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Workers' Memorial Week Events 2016
Events listed alphabetically by state.
Arizona ● California ● Colorado ● Connecticut ● Florida ● Georgia ● Illinois ● Indiana
Iowa ● Kentucky ● Maryland ● Massachusetts ● Michigan ● Minnesota ● MIssouri
Nebraska ● New Hampshire ● New Jersey ● New York ● North Carolina
North Dakota ● Ohio ● Oklahoma ● Oregon ● Pennsylvania ● Rhode Island ● Tennessee
Texas ● Washington ● West Virginia ● Wisconsin ● Wyoming
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Phoenix, Arizona. April 28, 6pm. Workers Memorial Statue, Wesley Bolin Plaza, 1700 W. Washington Street.
Join the Maricopa Area Labor Federation for an annual observance dedicated to Arizona working men and women who have lost their lives or faced life altering on the job injuries.
Tucson, Arizona. April 25. 2675 E. Broadway Boulevard.
Join National COSH, Tucson Jobs with Justice, and the Pima Area Labor Federation for a meeting with Arizona OSHA (ADOSH) to talk about fatality investigations and temp worker initiatives. Contact Peter Dooley for more information.
Los Angeles, California: Various times and locations. Events sponsored by SoCalCOSH.
April 25, 5pm. RSVP for UCLA LOSH's free screening of "A Day's Work." UCLA James West Alumni Center, 325 Westwood Place.
April 27, Time and location TBA. Rally in Support of Permanent Overtime Pay for the Domestic Workers Alliance and CSUDH 8th Annual Labor, Social and Economic Justice Fair, 1000 E. Victoria Street, Carson.
April 28, 10am-11:30am. Workers Memorial Day Rally and Press Conference.
May 1, noon. May Day Health and Safety contingent at May Day March, Olympic & Figueroa.
Oakland, California: April 28, 4:30pm. Lake Merritt/Frank H. Ogawa Plaza.
"Reclaim Labor, Reclaim Lives." Join Worksafe, Centro Legal de la Raza, and Street Level Health Project/Oakland Workers' Collective for an evening of remembrance. At 4:30, meet at the Lake Merritt Ampitheatre, located between 12th Street and 1st Avenue on Lake Merritt Boulevard, and march to City Hall (1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza) for a 5:30pm rally. Flyers in English and Spanish.
San Francisco, California. April 28, 7pm. ILWU Local 34, 801 2nd Street.
The Injured Workers National Network hosts. Speakers include Brenda Barros of SEIU 1021, Dr. Larry Rose (Past Medical Director of CAL-OSHA), Daryle Washington of IBT 350, and Daniel Berman (author of "Death on the Job."
Honoring workers from Mendocino County who have been killed or injured on the job.
Groton, Connecticut. April 28, 6am. Washington Park, 76 Park Avenue.
RSVP for commemoration.
Hartford, Connecticut. April 28, 5pm. State Capitol, 210 Capitol Avenue.
Following the ceremony at the Capitol, wreathes will be laid at the Workers Memorial in Bushnell Park. Sponsored by the Connecticut AFL-CIO and the Health & Safety Committee.
Lake Park, Florida. April 28, 6pm-8:30pm. The Kelsey Theater, 700 Park Avenue.
The ceremony will include Presentation of Colors by the Palm Beach County Firefighters Pipes & Drums and Honor Guard, Pledge of Allegiance and National Anthem by Young Singers of the Palm Beaches, Invocation and Prayer for the Fallen, Special Guest Speakers including State Attorney Dave Aronberg, Vergie Bain (OSHA), County Commissioner Shelley Vana and more. This event is free to all who attend. Appetizer buffet and cash bar. Sponsored by the Palm Beach-Treasure Coast AFL-CIO.
Miami, Florida. April 28, various times and locations.
RSVP for 11:45am event hosted by the International Longshoremen's Association. Port Miami-Seamen's Center, 1015 N. America Way.
Join South Florida COSH and South Florida Interfaith Worker Justice at 1:30pm for the release of a report regarding Florida fatalities & the signing of coalition agreement to protect vulnerable workers. At the Consulate General of Mexico, 1399 SW 1st Avenue, third floor.
Temple Terrace, Florida. April 28, 3pm. Council Chambers, 11250 N. 56th Street.
Join the USF Safety Florida Consultation Programs and USF OSHA Training Institute Education Center as we honor those workers, acknowledge their suffering families and recognize affected communities.
Macon, Georgia. April 24, 1pm. Fallen Workers' Monument at Arrowhead Pavilion, Arrowhead Park, 2850 Arrowhead Drive.
RSVP for annual Statewide Memorial Day Remembrance event. There will be a short program, followed by a lunch at the beautiful Arrowhead Park at Lake Tobesofkee.
Alton, Illinois. April 28, 7pm. Gordon F. Moore Community Center, Highway 140 and Park Road.
RSVP for commemoration.
Bloomington, Illinois. April 28, 6am. Law and Justice Center, 104 E. Front Street.
This year’s commemoration is dedicated to John Hoeniges, a McLean County employee, who perished in a fall on May 26, 2015. Besides honoring Hoeniges, names of over 200 local workers who have lost their lives on the job will be read.
Chicago, Illinois. April 28 & 29, 9am-4pm. Chicago Jobs Council, 29 E. Madison Street, 17th floor.
Join the Chicago Jobs Council and the UIUC Labor Education Program for Health and Safety rights training for job seekers and workforce development agencies.
Decatur, Illinois: April 28, 5:30pm. Northwest corner of the Macon County Courthouse lawn, 253 W. Wood St.
Decatur Trades and Labor Assembly Workers’ Memorial Day Service.
Peoria, Illinois. April 28, 5pm. Peoria Labor Temple, 400 NE Jefferson Avenue.
The Labor Council of West Central Illinois hosts a march to the Workers' Memorial Monument at City Hall. For more info, email Mikeverett34@gmail.com
Rockford, Illinois: April 28, 5pm. E.J. ‘Zeke’ Giorgi Building, 200 South Wyman Street.
The Rockford United Labor Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony.
Springfield, Illinois. April 28, 5:30pm. Illinois State Library Atrium, 200 S. 2nd Street.
Cedar Rapids, Iowa: April 28, 5:30pm. IBEW 405 Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW.
Hawkeye Labor Council hosts this observance.
Clinton, Iowa. April 28, 1pm. Clinton River Front, 130 3rd Avenue South.
The Clinton Labor Congress will have a memorial ceremony open to the public.
Iowa City, Iowa. April 26, 2016, 7:00pm-9:00pm. University of Iowa, Callaghan Auditorium, College of Public Health Building,145 North Riverside Drive.
Screening of "A Day's Work," followed by discussion. Sponsored by the University of Iowa, the Heartland Center for Occupational Health & Safety, and TemporaryEmployees.org.
Sioux City, Iowa. April 28, 7pm. Northwest Iowa Labor Council, 3038 S. Lakeport.
RSVP for observance.
Waterloo, Iowa. April 28, 5:30pm. Black Hawk Labor Temple, 1695 Burton Avenue.
The Black Hawk Union Council will have a short program with speakers and a light meal. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Lexington, Kentucky. April 28, 4:30pm. Phoenix Park, 100 E. Main.
The Bluegrass Central Labor Council will read names of workers killed on work site, a candle will be lit in remembrance of each person, a bell will be rang, and prayer offered for the deceased and their families. For more info, email email@example.com
Cumberland, Maryland: April 28, noon. City Hall Plaza, 57 N. Liberty Street.
Observance with speakers.
Boston, Massachusetts. April 28, Noon-1:15pm. In front of State House, 24 Beacon Street.
Commemoration. We encourage families to bring enlarged photos of your loved one or send a photo to MassCOSH and they will enlarge it. Sponsored by the Massachusetts Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (MassCOSH), Massachusetts AFL-CIO, and Greater Boston Labor Council. For rain location, please call 617-825-7233 x14.
Negaunee, Michigan. April 28, 6pm. USW Ronn Hall, 1206 Baldwin Street.
Marquette Alger Community Labor Council will hold a Workers Memorial Day Vigil honoroing workers who died or have been injured on the job. Special Presentations by: David Allie, 4-Safety LLC and Rebecca Mead, Associate Professor of History, NMU. Light refreshments will be served after vigil.
Apple Valley, Minnesota. April 28, 6pm. Lebanon Cemetery, Monument to Fallen Workers, 5450 150th Street West.
Duluth, Minnesota: April 25, 7am. Wellstone Hall -- Duluth Labor Temple, 2002 London Road.
The annual AFL-CIO Worker's Memorial pancake breakfast will be served from 7-9am with welcoming statements by the City of Duluth Mayor and Central Labor Body President t 8:30am. At 9:15am a tree planting ceremony will take place outside on the grounds of the Duluth AFL-CIO Labor Temple.
St. Cloud, Minnesota. April 28, 11am. 4150 2nd Street South.
The Greater Minnesota Worker Center hosts a commemoration/press event.
Minnesota Building and Construction Trades hosts a commemoration.
Willmar, Minnesota. April 28, 4:30pm. AFSCME Council 5 office, 1305 1st Street South.
Ken Peterson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Labor & Industry, will deliver the keynote address of the commemoration. He will be joined by workers who will share their stories of being injured on the job.
Commemoration sponsored by St. Louis Labor Council.
Lincoln, Nebraska: April 28, 7pm. State Capitol, 1445 K Street.
7th Annual Candlelight Vigil sponsored by United Support and Memorial for Workplace Fatalities (USMWF). There will also be a Nebraska's 5th Annual Safety Training, April 28-29, 9am-3pm, at Country Inn & Suites, at the Airport Exit off of I-90.
Screening of film "A Day's Work," followed by a panel discussion following featuring the film maker, temp workers, and worker advocates. Event co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health, New Hampshire AFL-CIO, BDB Health Promotions, UNH Occupational Health Surveillance Program.
Annual Dinner and Memorial Presentation. co-sponsored by the New Hampshire Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health. Buffet Dinner and Speakers. We add the names of workers killed in 2015 to our memorial plaque.
Hamilton, New Jersey. April 25, 6pm. Ancient Order of Hibernians AOH Club, 2419 Kuser Road.
The Mercer/Burlington Counties Building Trades and the Mercer County Central Labor Council will celebrate a mass honoring our Brothers and Sisters. Although this mass will be celebrated by a Catholic priest, all denominations are welcome. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
New Brunswick, New Jersey. Various dates and locations.
April 24, 3pm. Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple, 222 Livingston Avenue. NJ Work Environment Council and New Labor Rally and March.
April 28, 11:30am, Seminary Place. Middlesex County observes Workers' Memorial Day with a service.
Amherst, New York. May 10. UAW Region #9, 35 George Karl Boulevard.
WNYCOSH hosts a screening of "A Day's Work" at the Buffalo Central Labor Council monthly meeting.
Binghamton, New York. April 29, 6pm-8pm. Bundy Museum of History and Art, 129 Main Street.
In honor of Workers' Memorial Day and May Day, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers has organized state-wide screenings of the award-winning documentary film "A Day's Work." This screening is co-sponsored by the Broome Tioga Green Party, People's Press, Student-Labor Alliance, and the Workers Center of the Southern Tier. The museum's film series in commemoration of Workers' Memorial Day continues on May 12, 6pm, with the film "Who Needs Sleep," about the sweatshop hours worked by film crews.
There will also be an observance hosted by the Central New York Labor Federation on April 30 at noon, at the Binghamton Factory Fire Commemorative Plaque (on Wall Street, near the Martin Luther King statue on the River Trail.)
Ithaca, New York. May 1, 4:30pm-6:30pm. Cinemapolis, 120 E. Green Street.
In honor of Workers' Memorial Day and May Day, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers has organized state-wide screenings of the award-winning documentary film "A Day's Work."This screening is co-sponsored by the Tompkins County Workers Center and Midstate COSH. Suggested donation of $10 (no one will be turned away for lack of funds.
Massena, New York. April 30, 11am-1pm. Massena Central High School, 84 Nightengale Avenue.
In honor of Workers' Memorial Day and May Day, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers has organized s tate-wide screenings of the award-winning documentary film "A Day's Work." This screening is co-sponsored by the Jefferson, Lewis, and St. Lawrence Counties Central Trades and Labor Council, PEF Region 7, People Project, and Workforce Development Institute.
New York, New York. April 28, 11:30am. 46th Street and 8th Avenue.
Join NYCOSH, the Central Labor Council, and other labor partners as we commemorate those we have lost and work to create safer working conditions. We'll meet at the location a worker, Christian Ginesi, died in a preventable construction incident last May.
Plattsburgh, New York. May 4, Time and location TBA.
In honor of Workers' Memorial Day and May Day, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers has organized state-wide screenings of the award-winning documentary film "A Day's Work." This screening is co-sponsored by the Northeast Central Trades and Labor Council, PEF Region 7, and the Workforce Development Institute.
Potsdam, New York. May 5, 4pm - 6pm. SUNY Potsdam, 104 Kellas Hall, 44 Pierrepont Avenue.
In honor of Workers' Memorial Day and May Day, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers has organized state-wide screenings of the award-winning documentary film "A Day's Work." This screening is co-sponsored by PEF Region 7, SUNY Potsdam Department of Sociology, and the Unitarian Universalist Church of Canton.
Rochester, New York: April 28, 5:00pm. Highland Park Workers Memorial Monument, 180 Reservoir Avenue.
Observance hosted by the Rochester and Genesee Valley Area Labor Federation.
In addition, there will be a May 2nd screening of "A Day's Work," co-sponsored by the Occupational Health Clinical Centers, and People Organizing for Worker Empowerment and Respect. Time and location TBA.
Syracuse, New York. April 29, 8am-10am. Pensabene's Casa Grande, 135 State Fair Boulevard.
Unity Breakfast. Ticket information here. Flyer is here. Co-sponsored by Central New York Area Labor Federation, AFL-CIO, Greater Syracuse Labor Council, Occupational Health Clinical Centers, Workers' Center of CNY, Greater Syracuse County Occupational Safety & Health, Workforce Development Institute (WDI).
In addition, on May 3 at 6pm, In honor of Workers' Memorial Day and May Day, the Occupational Health Clinical Centers has organized a screening of the award-winning documentary film "A Day's Work" at the Legal Services of CNY meeting room, 221 S. Warren Street, ground floor. This screening is co-sponsored by the Central New York Area Labor Federation.
Press conference and memorial service for the 128 people who died while working for a better life in North Carolina in 2014. Sponsored by North Carolina AFL-CIO, North Carolina Justice Center, Action North Carolina, Student Action with Farmworkers, the Farm Labor Organizing Committee, and the North Carolina Council of Churches.
Grand Forks, North Dakota. April 28, 5:30pm. Bringewatt Park, 2205 24th Avenue South.
The Northern Valley Labor Council service will be followed by lunch. In case of rain, ceremony will be held at the IBEW Hall.
Akron, Ohio. April 28, 11am. Outside ICWU Workers Memorial area, 1655 W. Macket Street.
Event will include presentation of Colors by color guard, National Anthem, invocation, various speakers, placing of wreath, taps, rifle salute, moment of silence, benefiction.
Canton, Ohio. April 28, 2016, 10:00am. Hall of Fame Central Labor Council, 1329 Market Avenue North.
Cincinnati, Ohio. April 28, 5:30pm. UAW Local 547 Union Hall, 10020 Reading Road.
Cincinnati AFL-CIO and United Auto Workers (UAW) are co-sponsoring the 11th Annual Workers' Memorial Day Ceremony. Including regional speakers and a cookout. For more info, email Pmclinden@cincinnatiaflcio.org
Columbus, Ohio. New Memorial Park, May 21, 2016. 25 Marcon Boulevard.
Honoring Worker Memorial Day. A joint effort of the Columbus-Franklin County AFL-CIO, the Buckeye Chapter of the American Society of Landscape Architects and the City of Columbus, Workers Memorial honors Franklin County workers who have died on the job since 1992.
Lima, Ohio. April 26, 6:30pm. Rose Marie Duffy Lodge, 1870 Robb Avenue.
Dinner program with speakers. For more info, email email@example.com
Mansfield, Ohio. April 28, 5pm. USW Local 169 Union Hall, 376 Longview W Avenue.
Crawford-Richland CLC AFL-CIO will hold a ceremony with opening and closing with the ODRC Honor Guard and guest speaker State Senator of the 25th District Kenny Yuko. Food and refreshments will be provided. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
RSVP for commemoration.
Candlelight Vigil sponsored by Oklahoma AFL-CIO. On April 1, 8am-5pm, the Oklahoma Safety Council and ASSE Oklahoma City is having a volunteer day to make wooden silhouettes of the fallen to be displayed on April 28
Portland, Oregon. April 25, 7pm. IBEW Union Hall, 15937 NE Airport Way.
The Northwest Oregon Labor Council hosts a commemoration.
Salem, Oregon. April 28, noon. Oregon State Capitol Mall, outside the Labor and Industry Building, 350 Winter Street, NE.
Commemoration hosted by Oregon AFL-CIO.
Coatesville, Pennsylvania. April 28, 8:00am. Steelworkers Memorial Iron and Steel Museum• 50 South 1st Avenue.
Ceremony includes steel beam recovered at the World Trade Center.
Erie, Pennsylvania: April 28, 6pm - 7pm. Erie City Council Chambers, City Hall, 626 State St, Room 400.
Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO 30th Annual Workers’ Memorial Service. Prayer service, speaker program, reading of names and placing of memorial wreath at the Workers’ Monument in Perry Square.
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. April 28, 8am - 10am. Passage to India Restaurant, 525 S. Front Street.
Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council Workers’ Memorial Day Breakfast and Memorial Observance. Observance held at the Monument in Labor's Grove, a short distance from the restaurant.
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. April 29, 8:30am. Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd.
PHILAPOSH will have a breakfast program. A reading of names of those who died from work-related injuries and illnesses in the Tri-State area in 2016 will take place followed by a casting of flowers into the Delaware river, reaffirming our commitment to prevent injury, illness and death on the job. Accompanied by Brian Wydlitz on the bagpipes, playing "Amazing Grace." Participants should register and pay for breakfast.
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. April 28, noon. Market Square, Forbes Avenue & Market Street.
The Unions of the Allegheny County Labor Council AFL-CIO will hold a memorial service for the men and women that have lost their lives on the job. For more info, email email@example.com
Reading, Pennsylvania. April 30, noon. Heritage Park, 6th and Canal Streets.
Join the United Labor Council of Reading Berks for a lineup of local speakers and light refreshments.Bring your own chair.
Providence, Rhode Island. April 27, 3pm-5:30pm. Occupational and Environmental Health Center, 410 South Main Street, 3rd Floor.
Program on OSHA's Construction Confined Space Rule. Pre-registration is requested. Sponsored by Rhode Island Committee on Occupational Safety and Health.
Knoxville, Tennessee. Various dates and locations.
April 28, 6:30pm. Beck Cultural Exchange Center, 1927 Dandridge Avenue. Free screening of "A Day's Work," an award-winning film about temp workers, followed by refreshments and discussion of local issues. Co-hosted by Knox Area Workers’ Memorial Day Committee, Beck Cultural Exchange Center, Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Central Labor Council, Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee,Interfaith Worker Justice of East Tennessee, Church of the Savior - United Church of Christ, St. James Episcopal Peace Fellowship, Knoxville Chapter NAACP, Knoxville Interdenominational Christian Ministerial Alliance.
April 30, noon. Knoxville-Oak Ridge Area Central Labor Council, 1522 Bill Williams Ave. Observance and release of Knox Area Workers' Memorial Day Committee Workers Memorial Day report. Co-sponsored by the Central Labor Council, Jobs with Justice of East Tennessee, and the Interfaith Worker Justice of East Tennessee. Email for more information.
The Central Labor Council of Nashville and Middle Tennessee hosts this commemoration.
Austin, Texas. April 28, 6pm. Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal Street.
Workers Defense Project, in partner with AFL-CIO, OSHA, and the Mexican Consulate will be holding a vigil. In 2015, Ramiro Loa died on a construction site in east Austin. We will be marching over to Eastside Station Apartments to honor Loa.
Corpus Christi, Texas. April 28, noon. IBEW Local Union 278, 2301 Saratoga.
A BBQ Sandwich Lunch to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe jobs. Guest Speakers will be Marianne McGee, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist; Travis Clark, OSH AREA Director; and Becky Moeller, Retired Texas AFL-CIO President. Hosted by the Coastal Bend Labor Council.
Dallas, Texas. April 28, 10am. Dallas City Hall Plaza, 1500 Marilla Street.
Workers Defense Project in partnership with AFL-CIO, Jobs with Justice, and OSHA will hold a press conference to commemerate fallen construction workers. In the summer of 2015, Construction worker and young father Roendy Granillo died from a heat stroke. WDP passed a rest break ordinance after a two year campaign in December. We will be honoring Roendy Granillo on Thursday.
Bellingham, Washington: April 28, noon. Bellingham Library lawn, 210 Central Ave.
Observance sponsored by Northwest Washington CLC.
Seattle, Washington. April 27, 11:30am, Lyceum Room, Husky Union Building, University of Washington.
Memorial sponsored by Martin Luther King County Labor Council.
Tumwater, Washington. April 28, 2pm. State Dept. of Labor & Industries, 7273 Linderson Way, SW.
Six firefighters, five loggers and nine construction workers are among those who died from work-related causes who will be remembered at this year's Worker Memorial Day ceremony. The names of the workers who died will be read, accompanied by bell ringers from the Washington State Council of Fire Fighters. After the ceremony, the families are invited to ring the brass bell in the Worker Memorial garden on the grounds of the L&I building.
Morgantown, West Virginia. April 28, 6pm. Public Safety Building, 200 Spruce Street.
Commemoration sponsored by the West Virginia AFL-CIO.
La Crosse, Wisconsin. April 28, 5pm. Green Island Park, 2312 7th Street South.
RSVP for observance.
Madison, Wisconsin. April 28, various times and locations.
11 am. Madison Labor Temple, Room 201-A, 1602 S. Park Street. RSVP.
3pm Processional from Monona Terrace (One John Nolen Drive) to Saint Patrick's Church (404 East Main Street), with ceremony at 4pm. Hosted by Building Trades.
Menomonie, Wisconsin. April 28, 4:30pm. Dean and Sue Bar and Grill, 2002 Midway Road.
The Greater West Central Labor Council (Wisconsin) is hosting a Workers Memorial Day event. A free supper will be provided from 4:30-6:30 followed by a program from 6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Please bring a dessert to pass. For more info, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Milwaukee, Wisconsin. April 28, 5pm. Carl F. Zeidler Union Square.
Join WisCOSH to commemorate lives lost in the last year.
Rhinelander, Wisconsin. April 30, 11:00am. Pioneer Park, Kemp Street and Oneida Avenue.
The memorial rock nests in the pines on the right upon entering the Park. All workers and their families are invited to the tribute to those who have given their lives to earn a living. Keynote Speaker: Father Dean Einerson, Saint Augustine's Church.
Wausau, Wisconsin. April 28, 6pm. Outside VFW Hall, 388 River Drive.
Workers Memorial Day commemoration. Speaker: Representative Katrina Shankland. Alternative rain site is at the Wausau Labor Temple (318 S. 3rd Ave., Wausau).
Jackson, Wyoming. April 29, 10am. Town Council Chambers, 150 E. Pearl Avenue.
Join WYCOSH and allies for this commemoration.