LWC hosts Memorial Day Program to honor fallen, injured workers

BATON ROUGE, La (LOCAL 33) - The Louisiana Workforce Commission, in partnership with the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA), will host the Workers’ Memorial Day Program, April 28 at 10 a.m., on the steps of the Louisiana State Capitol. The event will remember and honor those workers who have lost their lives on the job, and those who have been injured or made sick.

State Senator Regina Barrow is expected to present a proclamation April 27 during the Legislative Session recognizing Friday, April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day. Similar proclamations have also been issued by East Baton Rouge Parish Mayor-President Sharon Weston Broome and Gonzales Mayor Barney Arceneaux.

Organizers say this year’s event will join together union and non-union workers, along with elected officials and community leaders who collectively advocate workers’ rights and protections. It will also feature a presentation from the Louisiana Bar Foundation’s Kids’ Chance Scholarship Program, which supports children of Louisiana workers who have been killed or disabled in an accident compensable under a state or federal Workers’ Compensation Act or law.

“We recognize the tremendous sacrifices that Louisiana workers make on a daily basis, with many incurring personal injury, sickness and sometimes death, while trying to earn an honest wage,” says LWC Executive Director Ava Dejoie. “Although great strides have been made to improve workplace safety measures, we must be diligent in addressing the challenges that remain, to ensure that all employees have access to safe, healthy work environments.”

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