On April 28, AFSCME and the unions of the AFL-CIO observe Workers Memorial Day to honor those who have suffered and died on the job and to renew the fight for safe workplaces.
Council 4's annual observance took place April 26 at our Workers Memorial Monument in New Britain.
This year, we remembered the memory of two union members who died on the job in 2012: John Garlock (Local 740, Meriden Public Works) and Tim Golden (Local 1303-166, East Windsor Public Works).
Several of Brother Garlock's and Brother Golden's co-workers joined us in the tribute.
"John and Tim were good men, leaders in their unions, and they will be missed," Council 4 Executive Director Sal Luciano reflected.
Mike Fitts, director of the Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health, also spoke and called on union members to push their elected representatives to properly fund OSHA so that it can better police workplace safety.
Learn more about Workers Memorial Day and the fight for safe jobs at the AFL-CIO website. And please view the Workers Memorial Day tribute page, which includes a national list of our AFSCME sisters and brothers who have lost their lives while on the job.