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HOW TO PARTICIPATE
We invite you to organize an action or event to commemorate fallen workers and build awareness to promote healthy and safe workplaces.

NEED IDEAS FOR AN ACTION? HERE ARE SOME TO GET YOU STARTED…

Large or small, actions raise public awareness that workplace injuries, illness and fatalities are NOT accidents - they are senseless, preventable tragedies. We encourage everyone who cares about worker safety and health to participate however they can. Some ideas for actions include:

 

In-person event ideas:

  • Make a Workers' Memorial Week banner, and hold/hang it where it can be widely seen;
  • Display posters with the faces and/or names of workers who died from work-related injuries/illnesses or injured/sick workers;
  • Prepare an altar dedicated to workers killed at work;
  • Physically distanced die-in in a park or other outdoor open area;
  • Installation with caskets / boots / scrubs / flowers or other representing lives lost or injuries / illnesses related to work;
  • Caravan for workers’ lives

Digital local event ideas:

  • Hold a training, teach-in, or discussion group about worker injuries and illnesses and how preventable these are.
  • Organize a delegation to meet with elected officials to get their support for health and safety legislation.
  • Get a proclamation passed in the City, County or governmental agency.
  • Write an op-ed or letter to the editor for your local paper, highlighting local workplace fatalities and prevention strategies
  • Get faith based orgs to include messaging around WMW in services close to Worker Memorial Day
  • Mobilize your members/networks to share their stories on social media
  • Connect into the National Programs to participate and share activities and build momentum
  • Reach out to family members who lost loved ones; include their stories in public education programs
  • Hold a memorial breakfast, rally, or candlelight vigil to honor the dead and fight for the living
  • Sponsor a worker health and safety film showing (e.g. ‘A Days Work’)
  • Publish and announce names of workers injured or killed on the job at public hearing (e.g. city council)

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WORKERS' MEMORIAL WEEK EVENT RESOURCES:

Every year National COSH hosts a webinar in late February or March to help those who want to take action during Workers' Memorial Week. We share ways to engage with our events and offer opportunities for event organizers to share their expertise with each other. Below is a list of resources beginning with a recording of our recent WMW webinars as well as examples of reports, guides for families of fallen workers, photos from events and sample resolutions from public officials.

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WORKERS’ MEMORIAL WEEK - MEDIA OUTREACH TOOLS

Whatever you choose to do to commemorate Workers Memorial Day, make sure to publicize it! Below are some templates for contacting the media. Additionally, National COSH has a social media toolkit for those wishing to mark the day via Facebook, Twitter, Instagram or whatever your favorite platform may be.

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WORKERS' MEMORIAL WEEK – REPORTS

There is no one definitive place to find information about all the people who have been killed or injured on the job so if you want to invest the time to research the names and stories of local workers, people need and want to know! (See media outreach above) Below are some tips on writing a report as well as examples of reports from recent years.

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WORKERS' MEMORIAL WEEK – RESOLUTIONS

You may choose to reach out to elected officials or your union to request recognition of Worker's Memorial Day to draw attention, raise awareness or add gravitas to your event. Most elected officials are happy to recognize fallen workers with a written resolution if given ample notice. Many will even attend or send a representative to speak at your event if given enough notice. Below are examples of past resolutions.

Sample Resolutions

Workers' Memorial Week Archive (even more resources from past years)

Questions? Need support organizing an event?  

Please contact Peter Dooley, peter@nationalcosh.org

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