April 23, 2016
Fallen Workers Remembered
Every April 28, America remembers fallen workers who have been killed or injured on the job during the previous year. Unfortunately, there are a lot of them.
Workers Memorial Day events are being held in several Texas cities. These include:
Austin – 6 p.m., April 28: Plaza Saltillo, 412 Comal St., Austin. This event is co-sponsored by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Mexican Consulate, the Texas AFL-CIO and the Workers Defense Project.
Coastal Bend – noon-1:30 p.m. April 28: IBEW Local 278, 2301 Saratoga Blvd., Corpus Christi. Hosted by Craig Loving, IBEW 278 President and CLC Vice President. Speakers include Marianne McGee, OSHA Compliance Assistance Specialist; OSHA Area Director Travis Clark; and former Texas AFL-CIO President Becky Moeller.
Dallas – 10 a.m. April 28: Dallas City Hall, 1500 Marilla St., Dallas. This event is co-sponsored by OSHA and the Workers Defense Project.
Grand Prairie — 11:30 a..m. April 26: Commemorate fallen workers at the only actual monument in Texas, 2505 W.E. Roberts (formerly Sherman Street). Reverend Ed Middleton will conduct the service and the Texas Alliance for Retired Americans (Judy Bryant) will provide refreshments.
Houston – Vigil, 6 p.m., April 28: IBEW Local 716, 1475 North Loop West Freeway, Houston.
San Antonio – Candlelight ceremony, 6 p.m., April 28, Lourdes Grotto (outside sanctuary), 5217 Blanco Blvd., San Antonio. Speakers: Texas AFL-CIO Legislative/Political Director René Lara, discussing workplace fatalities, and Rebecca Flores, discussing 50th anniversary of farmworkers’ march and strike.
Retirees are always welcome at these events and are encouraged to have their say about safety conditions.
Gene Lantz, President
Texas Alliance for Retired Americans