Place: Small Assembly Room, Knoxville City County Building, 400 Main Street, Knoxville, TN
Time: 1PM EST
This is Knoxville’s third annual high-visibility Workers Memorial Day event. Ever since the shocking deaths of John Womac and Solin Estrada-Jimenez on the Henley Street Bridge in 2011, Jobs with Justice has partnered with labor and community allies in our area to protest those deaths and to call public attention to the issue of health and safety on the job. Formation of the Knox Area Workers Memorial Day Committee, organizer of this event, is one outgrowth of that work.
Saturday’s observance will honor workers killed on the job in 2012 and 2013. Public officials will be in attendance. Family members of several workers who gave their lives on the job in East Tennessee will also be in attendance.
This represents a time when people in Knoxville can show support for some important principles of workplace justice and community well-being, for instance:
* All workers, regardless of immigration status, have a right to a safe and healthy workplace. * Employers are obligated to provide a place of work free of recognized hazards, and they should be held to that responsibility. * Public construction contracts should not be awarded to companies that endanger their workers and fail to achieve a culture of safety on the job.
Invite your friends. Bring your family.
Mourn for the dead. Fight for the living.