May 6, 2017
By WNYLaborToday.com Editor-Publisher Tom Campbell
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Orchard Park, NY – Representatives of the Western New York AFL-CIO Area Labor Federation (WNYALF) and the Buffalo AFL-CIO Central Labor Council gathered under gloomy skies over the weekend at Chestnut Ridge Park to commemorate Workers’ Memorial Day and to honor seven local Union Members who died in 2016.
“Each year, ‘thousands’ of Workers are killed and ‘millions more suffer injury or illness because of their jobs.’ Today, the Unions of the Western New York Area Labor Federation observe Workers Memorial Day ‘to remember those who suffered and died on the job – and to renew the fight for safe jobs.’ ‘We celebrate the victories won by Working People and will continue to fight until all Workers have the freedom to form Unions without the threat of retaliation,’” Buffalo AFL-CIO Labor Council President John Mudie, who presided over Saturday’s (April 29th) event, told those in attendance.
“This monument in back of me serves as a testament to ‘all’ Workers,” Mudie (pictured below), who also serves as Executive Vice President of Communications Workers of America (CWA) Local 1122, said. “We ‘need to be vigilant in our places of work and practice safety at all times.’”