By Michael Messina

Today we remember those we have lost on the job. It is our obligation to remember, as loving, caring and responsible coworkers. And so we honor them and look to the future for a safer workplace.

The idea behind Workers Memorial Day goes hand in hand with what we do here at Labor 411. A safe and healthy workplace begins with an employer that knows they are responsible for the welfare of their employees and makes it priority number one to follow through on that responsibility. Labor 411’s directory of companies is based entirely on the fact that those businesses are treating their employees with dignity and respect. Those companies should be raised above their counterparts for the sake of the wellbeing of the American worker.

As the AFL-CIO writes, we must continue to fight for our workplace protections:

“…our work is not done. Many job hazards are unregulated and uncontrolled. Some employers cut corners and violate the law, putting workers in serious danger and costing lives. Workers who report job hazards or job injuries are fired or disciplined. Employers contract out dangerous work to try to avoid responsibility. As a result, each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs.”

Go forward in solidarity and be the change in your workplace, for those we have lost and for those we don’t want to lose.

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