April 28, 2023
As we approach the end of April, it is time to renew our commitment to fighting for safer jobs and commemorating those whom we have lost as we commemorate Workers Memorial Day in the U.S. and the National Day of Mourning in Canada, followed by May Day. We must never forget those killed, injured or sickened on the job. We must honor the sacrifices of our fallen brothers and sisters to help highlight the importance of improving job site safety. And, we salute those who gave their lives more than a century ago during the May Day struggles for fundamental respect and rights for working people.
The price of having a job should not be one's health or life but all too often working men and women have been exposed to unnecessary hazards and have been told to take it or leave it. And, all too often workers are denied basic rights, including the right to join together in a union.
The strongest weapon against dangerous jobs and repression of our rights has always been our union cards. Together we are strong, proud, and united. And, together, we have the power to reject unsafe jobs and unsafe working conditions. On this Workers Memorial Day and on May Day, let us unite anew to strengthen our union and win the struggle for safer jobs, for workers’ rights, for civil rights and for human rights. Let us fight for the day when every job is a safe job and every worker has undeniable basic rights and freedoms.
May you always feel the power, be the power and use the power!