April 30, 2012

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Union members observe Workers Memorial Day

Federation workers gathered on the Walkway

HIGHLAND – Workers Memorial Day was commemorated Saturday as members of the Hudson Valley Area Labor Federation gathered on the Walkway Over the Hudson.  The day is set aside to remember those who have been killed and injured with working.

“In New York State, 182 workers were killed on the job and another 154,000 were injured or sickened,” said Janette Clark, Federation secretary and Public Employee Federation executive board member. “We will always honor those who were taken from us and we will never stop fighting for the lives of our fellow workers.”

Adrian Huff, principal officer of Teamsters Local 445, said they have made “jobs safer and saved lives – not just for union members, but for all workers.” He said despite their efforts, “too many workers remain in danger. But we will not stop fighting until there are no more new names for us to read.”

Mike Gaydos, business manager for Ironworkers 417 said he was there to remember “my best friend, a brother ironworker,” who had fallen. “Let’s make a promise to ourselves; we set our goals for zero fatalities.”


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