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Observance of injured workers held in Lehigh Valley

05.25.08

June 2008, Allentown/Bethlehem/Easton edition of The Union News

Observance of injured workers held in Lehigh Valley

By PAUL TUCKER
theunionnewsabe@aol.com

BETHLEHEM, May 15th- On April 28th Workers’ Memorial Day was observed for workers across the nation who have suffered and died because of workplace hazards.

In the Lehigh Valley, a ceremony was held on Sunday April 27th at the Lehigh Valley Workers Memorial at the Rose Garden, Union Boulevard and 8th Street in Bethlehem.

Since 1989 the labor community have held events across the nation recognizing April 28th, the anniversity date of the passage of the Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHAct).

According to Peter DePietro, Director of the Lehigh Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Federation of Injured Workers (PFIW), over 750 names were read at the local event during the ceremony for workers killed on the job in the Lehigh Valley. After each name John Weiss, Recording Secretary of the Lehigh Valley Labor Council labor federation, tolled a bell.

The Workers’ Memorial was built in 1991 to honor workers killed due to workplace injuries throughout the Lehigh Valley.

Gregg Potter, President of the Lehigh Valley Labor Council, opened the ceremony and Joe Wilfinger, Sergeant of Arms of the labor federation, give the invocation. Mr. DePietro’s Grandson, Nathan DePietro, lead the group in the Pledge of Allegiance.

Mr. DePietro is a retired member of the United Steelworkers of America Union and a former president of the labor federation.

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