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King highlights Workers Memorial Day during Metro Council Meeting

Tuesday May 4, 2010

For Immediate Release:
Majority Caucus
Louisville Metro Council
Contact: Tony Hyatt 574-4137/526-3622

On Thursday, Councilman Jim King (D-10) honored working families all across Louisville by submitting a proclamation to the Metro Council in honor of Workers Memorial Day. The proclamation calls for good, safe jobs in our community.

Workers Memorial Day was established so that working people throughout the world remember those who were hurt or killed on the job, and to renew our struggle for safe workplaces.

“Just weeks after 29 miners were killed at the Massey Upper Big Branch Coal Mine in West Virginia, it’s clear that workers’ safety and health remain in serious danger,” said Councilman King. “Our working families need good, safe jobs now. Today, and every day, we mourn for the dead, but fight for the living.”

Just a few days before the Massey disaster, an explosion at the Tesoro Refinery in Anacortes, Washington killed six workers, and in February, in a gas explosion at the Kleen Energy Plant in Middletown, Connecticut six workers lost their lives. In less than three months, 41 workers were killed in three major industrial disasters.

Since 1970 when the Occupational Safety and Health Act was passed, more than 410,000 workers’ lives have been saved due to improvements in job safety protections. Yet nationally, more than 4 million workers were injured and 5,214 workers were killed due to job hazards in 2008. Another 50,000-60,000 died due to occupational diseases.

On an average day, 14 workers lose their lives as a result of workplace injuries. Latino and immigrant workers are dramatically more likely to experience work-related fatalities.

Jim King (D) 10