|Every year on April 28, the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew our efforts for safe workplaces. This year the struggle continues to create good jobs in this country that are safe and healthy and to ensure the freedom of workers to form unions and, through their unions, to speak out and bargain for respect and a better future. It's time for our country to fulfill the promise of safe jobs for all.
Here are some of the scheduled events to commemorate the day. More will be posted when information becomes available.
6:00 PM, Monday, April 28, Lebanon Cemetery Monument to Fallen Workers (Pilot Knob Road at County Road 42)
April 28--May 1, 2014
7:OO a.m.--3:30 p.m.
Ironworkers Local 89
3265 6th Street SW
Cedar Rapids, IA 52404
Through IMPACT’s cutting-edge, locally conducted Superintendent Training for Ironworkers, IMPACT is ready to help you and develop as a future leader.
IMPACT’s Superintendent Training for Ironworkers is a three-day, hands-on session where you will apply the necessary skills and knowledge for leadership success.
For more course details, and registration information, contact Seth Gorman, Apprenticeship Coordinator, at: email@example.com or phone: 319-365-8675.
Ironworkers Local 512 jurisdiction covers all of Minnesota, all of North Dakota, and 21 counties in western Wisconsin. We have 1,363 journeyman members and 281 apprentices in this local which is divided into three regions.
According to a new AFL-CIO report, Death on the Job: The Toll of Neglect, 60 workers were killed in Minnesota in 2011. Minnesota had one of the lowest worker fatality rates in the country, 2.3 workers per 100,000 workers. Nationally, 4,693 workers died on the job in 2011, a rate of 3.5 deaths per 100,000 workers, down from the previous year’s figures of 3.6. North Dakota, with a rate of 12.4 deaths per 100,000 workers, was the state with the highest workplace fatality rates followed by Wyoming, Montana and Alaska. Wisconsin ranked 19th at 3.3 deaths. Read more HERE or click the link below for the full report.
IMPACT and the National Training Fund will soon be publishing the new Superintendent Training for Ironworkers manual and conducting a blended-learning course based on the manual. Click HERE to read more.
A new web paged has been added under the Members tab. This page will explain the Journeyman upgrade classes that are offered. Click HERE to go to the page.
SEE SOMETHING! SAY SOMETHING!!
"This toolkit will provide workers with essential tools and information," said Assistant Secretary of Labor for Employee Benefits Security Phyllis C. Borzi. "By working together, our three agencies were able to create a comprehensive source for a diverse collection of resources that will help America's workers make informed decisions that are vital to their financial security throughout retirement."
CLick HERE to read more.
Click HERE to use the Toolkit.
From WI AFL-CIO Feb 25, 2014
The 7-Day Work Week Bill, Assembly Bill 667, has been introduced in the state Senate as Senate Bill 508. The Assembly Labor Committee held a hearing on AB667 on February 12, but did not vote the bill out of committee yet. This bill would roll back the clock on worker rights and create an environment where workers are intimidated and pressured into working 7-days a week, every week, all year. It is expected that legislators will vote on this ludicrous bill in the coming days or weeks. This is a direct attack on workplace safety, families and communities. For more click HERE