Unions and their allies across the country gathered last weekend to honor workers who lost their lives on the job, as part of the annual Workers Memorial Day. “We have an epidemic, and nobody is addressing this as an epidemic,” said MD/DC AFL-CIO president Donna S. Edwards (right) at a Cumberland memorial event Friday. Hundredsof workplace homicides and suicides were reported in 2016, with 92 fatal injuries reported in Maryland alone. Held on the 47th anniversary of the Occupational Safety and Health Act’s (OSHA) passage, the 2018 Workers Memorial Day called on supporters to stop the Trump administration from “turning back the clock” on workers. “It’s a somber day,” said Edwards. “But it’s also a day that we can use to reignite what we have in order to go out and make this country right.”
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