This Saturday is Workers Memorial Day, a time when working families across the country gather to remember the dead and fight for the living — as Mother Jones put it. Though we’ve made significant strides in workplace safety over the years, it’s clear that we’ve still got some work to do.
According to the AFL-CIO’s annual death on the job report, 4,547 workers died on the job in 2010 and 3.1 million were injured. That’s in addition to the thousands who died as a result of occupational diseases. But rather than ensure safer workplaces for employees, right-wing legislators have spent the past year pushing so-called right to work legislation.
According to data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the rate of workplace deaths is 52.9 percent higher in right-to-work states. And for workers who get sick or injured on the job, the rate of employer-sponsored health insurance in right-to-work states is 2.6 percentage points lower than in states without these restrictions.
So this Saturday, let’s honor workers by renewing our commitment to stopping right to work in its tracks. For more information on right to work and to add your name to our nationwide petition opposing this dangerous initiative, visit wrongforeveryone.org.