In locations across New York, working men and women will gather to remember those who left for work one morning but did not return. Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. Unions and our allies have fought hard to make that promise a reality- winning protections that have made jobs safer, save hundreds of thousands of lives and prevent millions of workplace injuries and illness. Unfortunately, our work is not done. The theme of this year's Workers Memorial Day is "Safe Jobs Save Lives. Keep the Promise Alive" In Binghamton, the Broome-Tioga Federation of Labor will hold its annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony at the Binghamton Factory Fire Memorial Plaque on the Riverwalk on Saturday, April 28th at 12:00 noon. T-SHIRTS WILL BE PROVIDED TO ALL MEMBERS WHO ATTEND.
Message from Business Manager Leo Yanez: Sadly in 2006, we had a fatality in Plattsburgh. Local 83 member Timothy Pellerin, a 1st class line mechanic - came into contact with power lines and lost his life on June 27th. He left behind a family and his dad was a line mechanic as well. I personally went through training with Tim. I know that all the prayers and condolences won't bring Tim back, but I am going to the Workers Memorial Day event below at the Binghamton Factory Fire Memorial Plaque on the Riverwalk on Saturday, April 28th at 12:00 noon to reflect on Timothy's life, and remember him as we all did. Feel free to join me. You can send this message out on facebook to help spread the word. Together let us let the Pellerin family know that we have never forgot Tim, and he will forever remain in our thoughts and prayers. God Bless and see you Saturday.