PEF leaders and staff gathered at the PEF monument to observe Workers Memorial Day, April 28.
PEF Region 8 Coordinator Michael Blue officiated at the event. Eileen Franco, director of the Division of Occupational Health and Safety at the state Labor Department said, “Today we remember the people who went to work and did not return home. Every death leaves a lasting impression.”
PEF Secretary-Treasurer Kevin Hintz spoke of Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire of 1911 which caused the deaths of 146 garment workers, and how that tragic incident spurred solidarity and the fight for safe working conditions. “The movement to improve working conditions is nothing new,” Hintz said. “It is an ongoing battle for many years, and will continue.”
Hintz then asked for a moment of silence to reflect upon how swift and fragile life can be, and to remember those who never returned home from work.