Workers’ Memorial Day: Workers’ Rights are Human Rights

MADISON, Wis. — Today, on Workers’ Memorial Day, A Better Wisconsin Together stands in solidarity with those who are fighting to strengthen workers’ rights and ensure safe workplaces for all, and encourage all elected officials in Wisconsin to pass legislation that protects Wisconsin workers.

“As we honor and remember those who have lost their lives or fallen ill or injured on the job, it’s a reminder that we all should be able to go to work each day knowing that we are safe from harm or injury, or even death,” said Mike Browne, deputy director at A Better Wisconsin Together. “Safety on the job should be a fundamental right.”

To make that right a reality in Wisconsin, we need our elected representatives to fight for workers. That means creating better paying jobs with safe working conditions. It means honoring fallen workers by ensuring that safe and healthy workplaces are guaranteed for every Wisconsinite working today.

“Whatever the job, we should have the freedom to have our voices heard in our workplaces and join with our colleagues to negotiate safe working conditions, good wages, and benefits,” Browne said. “But too often, we’ve seen certain right-wing politicians in Wisconsin siding with greedy corporations instead of workers.”

Together, we can demand that working in safe and healthy conditions is a fundamental freedom in Wisconsin. This Workers’ Memorial Day, call, tweet, or write your local elected officials to let them know Wisconsinites stand united in the fight for workers’ rights and the freedom to have a safe workplace

You can reach your federal representatives here: (202) 224-3121, or your state representatives here: 1-800-362-9472.

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