Respect for Health and Safety is Respect for Workers!

Respect for Health and Safety is Respect for Workers!

¡Ya es hora! It’s time.

On Sunday, April 26th, four hundred workers from community organizations, unions, and faith-based groups rallied at the Anshe Emeth Memorial Temple in New Brunswick, NJ to observe Workers’ Memorial Day – an internationally recognized event held annually in late April to commemorate those who have been killed or injured on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces for all. This was probably the biggest event for Workers Memorial Day in the United States.

The rally and spirited march that followed focused on the current conditions at work, and featured testimonials from injured workers and families that have lost loved ones to workplace accidents. New Labor, with the New Jersey Work Environment Council (WEC), organized the event.

Participants at the march and rally also made calls to take action to improve workplace health and safety conditions for all. Participants were invited to let their politicians know to support safe staffing legislation and and temperature control guidelines and standards for school facilities.

In addition, a local demand was the call for local temp agencies to sign Health and Safety Responsible Employer Pacts (HASREPs) with New Labor to assure that temp agencies provide comprehensive health and safety training to temp workers. HASREPs would also require temp agencies to form workplace health and safety committees and recognize trained safety liaisons who will communicate and solve workplace health and safety issues. All too often, we have observed that neither the agency nor its client firms want to take responsibility for workplace health and safety, so we will make sure there is responsibility!

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