On Saturday, April 28, CPR will observe Workers' Memorial Day by remembering fallen workers whose lives were taken from this world too soon and by renewing our pledge to fight for all working people.
Every day in this country, 14 workers leave for work, never to return home. One worker is killed on the job every two hours in the United States. In 2016, 5,190 workers died earning a living, the highest number on record in eight years. That doesn't account for the hundreds of lives lost daily to occupational diseases from exposures to toxic chemicals and substances. Nor does it include the thousands of hard-working Americans who incur severe injuries or contract illnesses on the job each day.
When I think about what each of these workers and their families endure, I struggle to see why politics so often stands in the way of obvious solutions that would save lives and prevent injuries and illnesses. I've discovered there's just no good reason, which compels me to take action the best way I know how, by pressing our lawmakers to use their power for good, and as soon as possible.
Despite campaign promises to stand up for working Americans, President Trump and the current congressional majority have done nothing to improve workers' health and safety. As the chart below illustrates, instead of boosting worker protections, Trump and his allies on Capitol Hill have and continue to systematically undercut ...