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Workers Memorial Day 2009 in Pennsylvania


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Mourn for the dead and fight for the living. Words spoken over a century ago by Mother Jones, labor leader and union organizer who helped inspire hundreds of thousands of coal miners to organize to abolish child labor and hazardous working conditions in the mines. Today it means renewing our commitment to a safe workplace for every worker in this nation. The week of April 28 hundreds of thousands will join in observing Workers Memorial Day across Pennsylvania and around the country. Families of those who lost their lives, injured workers, union workers elected officials and more join hands in remembering fallen workers and fighting for safer jobs. Each year thousands of workers are killed and millions more injured or diseased because of their jobs. After eight years of neglect and inaction by the Bush administration we now have the opportunity to change the direction of this country to strengthen job safety protections and to make sure workers’ voices are heard. Join us in observing Workers Memorial Day. Contact the AFL-CIO Central labor Council or area labor federation to participate in the event in your area. This message is from the Pennsylvania AFL-CIO: Bill George, President; Rick Bloomingdale, Secretary-Treasurer
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Workers’ Memorial Day 2009 for Pennsylvania

On April 28 workers around the country and in Pennsylvania will join in observing Workers Memorial Day remembering those who have suffered or died on the job and renew the fight for safe jobs. Thousands of workers will be participating in events (listed below) in Pennsylvania. You and your members are encouraged to join in helping make these events a complete success. If you know of an event that is not on this list please contact Jim Deegan 717-231-2867 or with the details. Help us win the fight for safer jobs for all workers

Allegheny County Labor Council, the United Steelworkers,
the Labor and Religion Coalition of Western Pennsylvania,
and the Washington/Greene County Labor Council
Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremony

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 12:00 Noon
PLACE: Market Square, Downtown Pittsburgh
SPEAKERS: Most Reverend David A. Zubic, Bishop of Pittsburgh
Sean McGarvey, Secretary-Treasurer, AFL-CIO Building and Construction Trades
Reverend John Welch, Pittsburgh Bureau of Police, Chief Chaplain
Jim Klingensmith, Exec. Vice President, Allegheny County Labor Council
Rich Stanizzo, President, Joint Board, Pitts. Building and Construction Trades
CONTACT: Joe Delale, 412-456-6851

Erie-Crawford Central Labor Council Workers’ Memorial Service

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM
PLACE: Erie Municipal Bldg. City Council Chambers
606 State Street, Erie, PA
SPEAKERS: to be announced
CONTACT: Erie-Crawford CLC, 814-455-4752

Harrisburg Region Central Labor Council and Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers
Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremonies

DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
EVENT: Memorial Ceremony at Labor’s Grove
TIME: 9:00 AM
PLACE: Riverfront Park, 300 Block of South Front St. Harrisburg, PA
SPEAKERS: to be announced
CONTACT: Harrisburg Region CLC 717-561-7830

DATE: Tuesday, April 28, 2009
EVENT: PA Fed. Of Injured Workers Press Conference/Ceremony
TIME: 11:00 AM
PLACE: State Capitol Rotunda Gallery
SPEAKERS: to be announced
CONTACT: Dennis Straub, PFIW, 888-376-7942 or Bob Scholeck, PFIW, 570-366-8660

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 12:00 Noon
EVENT: Workers’ Memorial Day Lunch
PLACE: United Steelworkers Local 1688 Hall, 200 Gibson St. Steelton, PA
SPEAKERS: to be announced
TICKETS: Lunch tickets are $7.00 per person, phone 717-561-7830 or e-mail;
CONTACT: Harrisburg Region CLC, 717-561-7830

Indiana – Armstrong – Clarion Central Labor Council Workers’ Memorial Day Ceremonies

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 21, 2009 from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
EVENT: Young Democrats of Clarion Univ. and Organized Labor Workers’ Memorial Observance PLACE: Clarion Campus Student Union Bldg. Rooms 250-252
Corner of Payne St and Wilson Ave. Clarion, PA 16214
SPEAKERS: Area labor leaders , teachers, and students will share the
speaker’s podium for Improvements in Job Safety
CONTACT: Aaron Fitzpatrick 814-590-4886 or
Important Note: You will need a parking pass. Call or e-mail Aaron Fitzpatrick

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 12:00 Noon
EVENT: Indiana – Armstrong - Clarion CLC and PA Center for the Study of Labor Relations
Indiana Univ. Workers Memorial Service
PLACE: Indiana University of PA.
SPEAKERS: to be announced
CONTACT: Cynthia Spielman, 877-314-0581

Greater Johnstown Regional Central Labor Council
20th Annual Workers’ Memorial Day Banquet and Essay Contest

DATE/TIME: Friday, May 1, 2009 at 6:00 PM
PLACE: Christ the Saviour Educational Center
307 Garfield Street, Johnstown, PA
SPEAKER: John DeFaFazio, Director, Dist. 10 United Steelworkers
Essay Scholarship Contest winners to be announced
Scholarship Co-sponsors: Congressman John Murtha; Ameriserv Financial;
USW Local 6521; and Cambria County Commissioners
CONTACT: Ernie Esposito, President Greater Johnstown CLC 814-535-7621

Lehigh Valley Labor Council
Workers’ Memorial Day Observance

DATE/TIME: Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 1:00 PM
PLACE: Workers’ Memorial Monument, Bethlehem Rose Garden
8th Avenue and Union Blvd.
SPEAKERS: Brief speakers program followed by reading of names of 700 workers who
lost their lives while at work in Lehigh Valley
CONTACT: John Werkheiser, 610-513-9969 or

Philadelphia Council AFL-CIO
Philadelphia Area Project on Occupational Safety and Health (PHILAPOSH)
21ST Annual Workers’ Memorial Day Breakfast and Memorial Service

DATE/TIME: Friday, April 24, 2009 at 8:30 AM Registration and at 9:00 AM Breakfast
PLACE: Sheet Metal Workers Hall, 1301 S. Columbus Blvd. Philadelphia 19147
March to the Great Plaza Penn’s Landing for Memorial Ceremony at 10:45 AM
SPEAKERS: PA AFL-CIO President Bill George
Congressman Patrick Murphy, D-8th C.D.
Dr. Arthur Frank, Chairmen, Dept of Occupational and Environmental Health Dept., Drexel University
Rosalie Hetrick, widow of fallen worker
CONTACT: Patrick Eiding, President, Phila. AFL-CIO 215-665-9800 or
Barbara Rahke, Dir. PhilaPosh 215-386-7000

York/Adams County Central Labor Council
Workers’ Memorial Day Observance

DATE/TIME: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 at 6:00 PM
PLACE: Kiwanis Lake, York, PA
SPEAKERS: Robert Garraty, Exec. Dir. PA Workforce Investment Bd.
CONTACTS: Clark Ruppert, Jr., President, York/Adams CLC 717-764-0537 or cell 717-683-7793
Kittie Hake, Chair Workers’ Mem. Committee 717-843-8911