Today, April 28, the labor movement observes Workers Memorial Day. This annual tribute to workers injured or killed on the job has been recognized for more than half a century. And, while our nation has made great strides in creating safer workplaces, work-related injuries claim the lives of approximately 14 people each day in the U.S.

Our Metal Trades workforce toil at some of the most dangerous jobs in the world. Our Councils, the Department, and our affiliated international unions all work daily to make our workplaces safer through collective bargaining, political action, and advocacy. Still, there is always more to be done.

This year, as we observe Workers Memorial Day, let us remember those who have been lost and fight like hell for the living. Let us take a stand for safer workplaces by urging Congress and the Biden Administration to pass the PRO Act and fund the federal agencies that protect us on the job. Call your Senator and tell them to Confirm Julie Su as the next Secretary of Labor so that workers have an advocate that will safeguard their rights on the job.