April 21, 2011

Workers Memorial Day observances set

April 28 is Workers’ Memorial Day, a day for organized labor and other advocates for safe and healthy workplaces to rededicate themselves to "Mourn the Dead and Fight for the Living."

Following are the Worker Memorial Day commemorations planned over the next week:

SPOKANE -- SATURDAY, APRIL 23 at 11 a.m. at Spokane City Mission Park, 1300 block of E. Mission Ave. For more information, contact the Spokane Regional Labor Council at 509-327-7637.

EVERETT -- WEDNESDAY, APRIL 27 at 5:30 p.m. at the Snohomish County Courthouse's Worker Safety Memorial, 3000 Rockefeller Ave. in Everett -- Each year we gather to remember the men and women who went to work but never returned home. The Snohomish County Central Labor Council sponsors this Worker Memorial Day commemoration.

TACOMA / LAKEWOOD -- THURSDAY, APRIL 28 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. (presentations begin at noon) near the flagpole at Western State Hospital, 9601 Steilacoom Blvd. The Pierce County Central Labor Council and Washington Federation of State Employees Local 793 are coordinating this commemoration, which will include a free barbecue.

BELLINGHAM -- THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at noon at the monument on the library lawn in front of City Hall, 210 Lottie St. This event will be a commemoration of one year since the Tesoro explosion on April 2, 2010, and will highlight industrial safety concerns. The families of the fallen Tesoro workers have been invited as special guests.

TUMWATER -- THURSDAY, APRIL 28 at 2 p.m. at the state Department of Labor and Industries Building's Auditorium, 7273 Linderson Way S.W. The ceremony will include the traditional tolling of bells while the names of workers who died on the job in the last year are read.

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