Workers Memorial Day is held annually on April 28th across the country to remember and honor union brothers and sisters who lost their lives while on the job. Locally, the Memorial Monument stands at Washington Park in Groton.
The Memorial site contains more than 600 commemorative markers remembering workers and their families who have made the supreme sacrifice through loss of life. The Southeastern Connecticut Central Labor Council, AFL-CIO pledges to stand solid as the rock at the Memorial site to continue to fight for every American Workers right to a safe worksite.
More than 579,000 workers’ lives have been saved since the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act in 1970, but many workers remain in serious danger. In 2016, 5,190 workers lost their lives from job-related traumatic injuries and an estimated 50,000–60,000 died from occupational diseases.