Moment of silence for Workers Memorial Day / National Day of Mourning
Each year on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day/National Day of Mourning, working people throughout the world mourn for the people who were hurt or killed on the job, and renew our struggle for safe workplaces. Each year, millions of workers are injured – including workers in the entertainment industry—working busy, highly-demanding jobs, sometimes in dangerous environments. During this pandemic, worker safety and security at work are imperiled as never before.
The best way to ensure that workplaces are safe is to make sure workers have the freedom to join together in a union. Unions have fought for and won a 40-hour workweek. We fought for and won healthcare benefits and strong pensions. We still have a lot of fighting to do to make workplaces safer and to ensure that significant standards are issued, and enforced, to protect workers, especially now.
On this Workers Memorial Day/National Day of Mourning, we remember and pay tribute to those in every kind of job and craft, in our own industry and all industries, who have lost their lives on the job or have been injured or made sick. This year we especially honor those killed by the COVID-19 Virus, both in the ranks of the IATSE, among the healthcare professionals and essential workers who seek to help us, and who were made sick, throughout our countries and the world.
And on this day, we commit with renewed energy to work together to fight the assault on workers’ right to bargain for fairer workplaces, safer workplaces, a better life and a brighter future, and for testing, vaccination, healthcare, and economic security for the IATSE and all workers, as this pandemic resolves.
We mourn, we remember, and we will never stop fighting.
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