Many Thanks to the Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation for hosting the Worker Memorial Day Dinner to commemorate and remember our brothers and sisters who have lost their lives and to fight for safe workplaces and for good jobs for all workers.
Many thanks as well to the guest speakers, Jake Lowen (Former Political Director at Wichita/Hutchinson Labor Federation of Central Kansas), John Nave (Executive Vice-President (Kansas State ALF-CIO), Joe Montague (Industrial Hygenist -Wichita Area OSHA Office), Labretta Poore (Her son lost his life on the job @ Garvey Grain), and Esau Freeman.
In 2016, 74 Kansas workers lost their lives in workplace fatalities. An additional 31,100 were injured or made ill on the job.
As the evening came to a close, we honored their memory with silence as a bell rang for each of the 74 workplace fatalities…