April 28, 2021: Worker's Memorial Day

WHEREAS, every year on April 28th, communities and worksites around the world honor friends, family members, and colleagues who have been killed or injured on the job; and,


WHEREAS, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics estimated that there were 5,333 fatal work injuries recorded in the nation in 2019; and, 


WHEREAS, in Michigan, there were 164 workplace fatalities in 2019; and, 


WHEREAS, it is important to honor the memory of the courageous and dedicated members of Michigan's labor force who have been injured, disabled, or have died as a result of workplace accidents; and, 


WHEREAS, we remember those who have died in workplace catastrophes, suffered occupational-related diseases, or have been injured due to dangerous conditions; and,


WHEREAS, recognition of the integrity of Michigan's workforce and its achievements is necessary; and,


WHEREAS, many working people in Michigan, including grocery store workers, transit operators, and other frontline workers, were essential to the fight against COVID-19 over the last 14 months in Michigan, and many lost their lives from COVID-19; and,


WHEREAS, the State of Michigan wishes to pay tribute to the workers who have died, suffered injury, or are disabled due to workplace accidents. We honor the contributions of Michigan's workforce and call for increased workplace safety;


NOW, THEREFORE, I, Gretchen Whitmer, governor of Michigan, do hereby proclaim April 28, 2021, as Worker's Memorial Day in Michigan.