Four decades ago, Congress passed the Occupational Safety and Health Act, promising every worker the right to a safe job. On April 28, we observe Workers Memorial Day to remember those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.
Thank you to all the PEF members who have notified us of ceremonies going on in their regions. Join with fellow unionists in your region to mark this day:
PEF Vice President Barbara Ulmer participated in a Workers Memorial Day moment of silence at the state Department of Taxation and Finance in Albany April 24. The event paid tribute to workers who have been killed on the job and to commemorate Workers Memorial Day, April 28.
The Capital District Area Labor Federation will honor Workers Memorial Day:
Sunday, April 28
Steinmetz Family Investment Center
120 Emmons Street
Schenectady, NY 12305
In the Binghamton area:
Sunday, April 28, 1:15 pm
Where: Commemorative Plaque, on the River Trail
(Wall Street) near Martin Luther King statue
Commemorating the 100th Anniversary of Binghamton Factory Fire and
Honoring Brother John Janos, IAFF 729 and all who have suffered and died on the job
Click Here for additional details.
In the Albany area on Monday, April 29th:
PEF will have a ceremony at its Latham , NY headquarters Monday, April 29 at 10 a.m. in front of the PEF monument and at noon the Department of Labor hold a ceremony in the courtyard of Building 12. PEF President Susan Kent will speak at both ceremonies.
When asked to comment on succession planning and the aging state workforce for an article recently published in the Times Union, PEF leadership made this statement to the newspaper:
Workforce planning is an issue the current PEF administration has long been concerned with. In meetings with members of the Governor’s cabinet and the Commissioner of Civil Service, PEF leadership has stressed that for any workforce and/or succession planning initiative to be successful, unions must be considered a strategic partner in the plan’s development.
For reasons unclear to us, the statement was NOT included in the article. We will continue to look for and find outlets to speak out on all issues important to our members. Look for PEF President Susan M. Kent this Thursday, April 25th, on Capital Tonight at 8 PM (re-airs at 11:30 PM) on YNN.
ALBANY – Nearly 350 health and safety activists attended the 2013 statewide Health and Safety Conference sponsored by PEF and the state April 18-20. Some of the conference highlights included guest speaker Congressman Paul Tonko, shown above with PEF President Susan Kent, master of ceremonies Rocco Brindisi, and PEF Director of Training and Education, and Health and Safety Paula Hennessy (L).
Keynote speaker Maureen Kellman presented a highly informative presentation that focused on wellness. Participants had a choice of 14 workshops on timely topics, such as office ergonomics, worker’s rights, and using social media techniques for health and safety communication.
The event also included an awards ceremony, panel discussions and a special memorial tribute to Jim Schmidt.