Once a grateful dues-paying member of RCIA Local 789 I’ve always had a keen sense of the role and benefits of organized labor. And yet, it took an article in the recent newsletter from the East Side Freedom Library to alert me to the existence Worker’s Memorial Day. A quick search of Everybody’s Favorite info opened new doors of discovery: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Workers%27_Memorial_Day
Basically, I learned that Workers’ Memorial is April 28, an international day of remembrance honoring workers who have been injured or lost their lives in the workplace. Just as important, Workers’ Memorial Day is a day of resistance — a time to speak out for safety in the workplace and to resist challenges to laws that recognize the rights of the worker.
Workers’ Memorial Day will be honored in this area with a public program on Wednesday, April 26, 7:00 P.M. at the St. Paul Labor Center, 353 7th Street West in downtown St. Paul.
Panelists will explore workplace safety issues from several angles. Speakers include Paul Qualy, a railroad conductor and Director of the United Transportation Union Minnesota Legislative Board; Mike Scully, an attorney whose expertise is in workers’ comp history as well as current threats to the workers’ comp system, and John Sielaff, author of A Workplace Accident: John Anderson’s Fall from the High Bridge (http://www.rchs.com/wpcontent/uploads/2016/11/RCHS_Fall2016_Sielaff.pdf).
Sponsored by The Friends of the Saint Paul Library in collaboration with the East Side Freedom Library. Free and open.