Workers injured or killed by their jobs are honored every year on April 28, Workers’ Memorial Day. (It’s the anniversary of the date the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect in 1971.) This year the somber occasion is especially urgent, in the midst of the biggest workplace safety disaster this country has seen in decades.
More than 50,000 people in the U.S. and 192,000 worldwide have died of COVID-19. Many of them likely caught the virus at work. Employers’ stalling and inadequate safety measures, along with government inaction, are to blame for many deaths among health care workers, transit workers, postal workers, poultry plant workers, grocery workers, and more.
Postal workers in Des Moines, Portland, and Seattle are planning socially distanced vigils to draw media attention to the ongoing crisis for workers in essential jobs. Below are details. Let us know your plans: firstname.lastname@example.org. —Eds.