Remembering Wisconsin Workers
LA CROSSE, WI – International Workers’ Memorial Day is held annually on April 28th in remembrance of workers killed, disabled or injured in the workplace. As part of the La Crosse area observance of International Workers’ Memorial Day, Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) released the following statement:
“This day is a solemn reminder of the ongoing struggle for workplace safety,” said Sen. Shilling. “In communities and small towns across our region, many workers continue to face new dangers and challenges. Whether workers handle volatile chemicals, operate dangerous machinery or suffer exposure to workplace violence, workplace safety continues to be a significant issue. Everyone should have the opportunity to work in a safe environment and I remain committed to strengthening workplace safety and defending the rights of workers who are injured on the job.”
Nearly four million Americans suffer a workplace injury every year. While safety initiatives have helped to significantly reduce workplace fatalities, many workers continue to face exposure to job hazards. In Wisconsin, Democrats have prioritized legislation to improve working conditions for some of the most dangerous occupations including correctional officers, construction workers and community law enforcement.