GA AFL-CIO National Workers Memorial Observance

7 from the Savannah Regional Central Labor Council participated in the national Workers Memorial Observance Sunday April 27th in Macon sponsored by the Georgia AFL-CIO and hosted by the Central Georgia Federation of Trades and Labor (CLC).  This state wide Observance pays tribute to all workers killed or injured on the job or have passed from a job related illness.  Georgia had 76 on the job fatalities in 2012 and another 74,800 workers injured on the job or suffered from a job related illness. Mourn the Dead; Fight for the Living” was this year’s theme. 

Names of the 76 Georgia workers killed on the job were read.  A tremendous tribute from a professional bagpiper silenced the 75 folks in attendance.  Incredible emotional remarks from IATSE member Joyce Gillard who was injured by a train earlier this year on a movie set in Jesup Georgia resulting in a fatality.  Her testimony of the events on the train trestle that day gave chill bumps to all. 

“Most bothersome is the idea that every one of those 76 workers left home planning on returning that day” said CLC President Brett A. Hulme.  Thanks to Workers folks from Workers United/SEIU 2448; SFT/PSRP 2069; OPEIU 277; ILA 1414 and Working America that participated from Savannah.          

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