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News from EPI Media Advisory: No worker should have to sacrifice their life for a paycheck

On Friday, April 28, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. Eastern, the Economic Policy Institute (EPI) and National Employment Law Project (NELP) will host a Workers Memorial Day symposium.

Over 4,800 workers are killed on the job every year. That means 13 workers lose their lives on the job every day. Tens of thousands more die of occupational disease each year and almost 3 million more suffer a serious job-related injury. Yet, within the first 100 days of the Trump administration, Congress and the president have already launched attacks on worker safety and rolled back worker protections that would have saved lives and prevent injuries.

This symposium will feature experts and workers to remember those that have lost their lives on the job, and to discuss the importance of strong government enforcement and safety standards to prevent work related injuries and fatalities. Our panel will highlight the impact of the new rollbacks on workers’ lives and health and other worker protections now threatened by the Trump administration and new Congress.

What: Symposium to remember those that have lost their lives on the job and to discuss the importance of worker safety standards.

Who: David Michaels, Former Assistant Secretary for the Occupational Safety and Health Administration and currently Professor, School of Public Health at GWU
Peg Seminario, Director, Safety and Health for the AFL-CIO
Alan White, Silicosis victim and USW member
Sylvia E. Johnson, Assistant Legislative Director for the United Automobile Workers
Deborah Berkowitz, Senior Fellow at the National Employment Law Project
Ross Eisenbrey, Vice President of the Economic Policy Institute
LeeAnna Mann and Angel Scharenbroch, Family members that have lost loved ones on the job

When: Friday, April 28, 2017
11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Eastern

Where: Economic Policy Institute
1225 Eye St. NW, Sixth Floor, Washington, DC 20005

To RSVP please email

This event will be livestreamed at