REMARKS AS PREPARED
Governor Kate Brown
Fallen Workers Memorial Day
Friday, April 26, 2019
No family can feel stable and secure when they’re worried about the safety of their loved ones.
And no job is worth the cost of a life.
I want every single worker to return home safely at the end of their work day. The best way we can honor our family, friends, and colleagues who have died earning a living is by ensuring a safe workplace for every Oregonian—and putting an end to workplace fatalities.
I know Oregon employers remain committed to worker safety and accident prevention. And I want every worker to know that we’re counting on them, too. Workers must stand up and say something when safe working conditions are not maintained, and be assured that their voices will be heard.
Even with increasing numbers of working Oregonians, fatalities at work have remained relatively stable. But, stable is not good enough. One work-related fatality is one too many.
I know Oregon can do better. Let’s work together to make sure that everyone is safe in the workplace.
WHEREAS: Every year tens of thousands of American workers are killed by workplace injuries and occupational disease; and
WHEREAS: Tens of thousands more are permanently disabled, and millions are injured; and
WHEREAS: Fifty Oregonians died on the job, in service to our country, or from injuries sustained while working in 2018; and
WHEREAS: By organizing Workers’ Memorial Day on April 28, a day chosen by the unions of the Oregon AFL-CIO as a day to remember the victims of workplace injuries and disease; renewing efforts to seek stronger safety and health protection, better standards and enforcement, and fair and just compensation; and rededicating ourselves to improving safety and health in every American workplace, concerned Americans are determined to prevent these tragedies in the future.
NOW, THEREFORE: I, Kate Brown, Governor of the State of Oregon, hereby proclaim April 28, 2019 to be WORKERS’ MEMORIAL DAY in Oregon and encourage all Oregonians to join in this observance.