Worker Memorial Day at the University of Washington
The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences annual Worker Memorial Day event is a special ceremony that raises awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington State.
WORKER MEMORIAL DAY CEREMONY 2021
The University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences annual Worker Memorial Day event is a special ceremony that raises awareness about how we can strengthen our commitment to make jobs safer and save lives in Washington State. The event is in collaboration with UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies, the Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 925, Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) Local 1488 / American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees (AFSCME) Council 28, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW, and Automobile, Aerospace and Agricultural Implement Workers of America (UAW) Local 4121.
Keynote Address: Healing in Crisis: Honesty, Solidarity, and Transformational Change
April Sims, Secretary Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
This year's ceremony will honor workers in King County, WA, who lost their lives on the job in 2020. Following a year of the COVID-19 pandemic, and rekindled movements for racial justice, we will highlight how we can confront inequality through solidarity and transformational change in the workplace and beyond.
2021 CEREMONY AGENDA - thank you to all who participated!
Theme: Healing in Crisis: Honesty, Solidarity, and Transformational Change
11:30am Welcome, Hilary Godwin, Dean, University of Washington (UW), School of Public Health (SPH)
Masters of Ceremony:
Amanda Clouser, Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Medicinal Chemistry, School of Pharmacy
Madeline Benoit, Occupational Health Trainee in One Health, Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety, UW Department of Environmental & Occupational Health Sciences (DEOHS), SPH
11:40am Introduction to Keynote- Kim England, Harry Bridges Endowed Chair in Labor Studies; Director, Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies; Professor, Department of Geography; Adjunct Professor of Gender, Women, and Sexuality Studies, UW
11:45am Keynote: 'Healing in Crisis: Honesty, Solidarity, and Transformational Change' - April Sims, Secretary Treasurer, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
12:00pm Memorial Recognition- Our Fallen Workers 2020- Mike Yost, Professor and Chair UW DEOHS; Director, Pacific Northwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (PNASH)
Moment of silence with UW DEOHS Continuing Education memorial video
12:15pm Moving Forward
Chris Simpson, Assistant Chair for Research and Faculty Engagement, Director, Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety, Professor, Exposure Science, UW DEOHS
Butch de Castro, Occupational Health Nursing Program Director, Northwest Center for Occupational Health & Safety; Professor and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, UW School of Nursing; Adjunct Professor, UW DEOHS
Senator Karen Keiser, 33rd District of Washington
Jane Hopkins, Executive Vice President, SEIU Healthcare 1199NW and Member of the President Biden and Vice President Harris National COVID-19 Advisory Board
Cherika Carter, President, Puget Sound Coalition of Black Trade Unionists (CBTU) and Political and Strategic Campaigns Director, Washington State Labor Council, AFL-CIO
Amy Leong, Staff Organizer, Asian Pacific American Labor Alliance (APALA) Seattle and Gabby Ibanez-Dacruz, Secretary/Treasurer, APALA Seattle and Cafeteria worker and member of Unite HERE local 8
David West, Research Analyst, Labor and Employment Policy, Washington State Labor Education and Research Center (LERC), South Seattle College
12:50pm Closing, Yasmin Ahmed, Assistant Director of Student and Community Engagement, UW Harry Bridges Center for Labor Studies
12:55pm Closing Video - ‘Love and Solidarity’ - Michael Honey
Keynote Address: Sacrificing on the Frontlines During COVID-19
Healthcare Workers at Risk, Bianca Frogner, PhD, Director, UW Center for Health Workforce Studies
Service Workers at Risk, Marissa Baker, PhD, Assistant Professor, UW DEOHS
2020 UW DEOHS Video Honoring King County's Fallen Workers:
Worker Memorial Day 2019 Archive
Reversing the Adverse Impact of Opioids on Injured Workers - Click here to watch the ceremony opening and keynote speech
Dr. Gary M. Franklin
Medical Director, Washington State Department of Labor and Industries
Professor, University of Washington Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciencs and Department of Medicine (Neurology)
Adjunct Professor, University of Washington Department of Health Services
The 2019 Worker Memorial Day Ceremony was partially sponsored by:
Resources related to Worker Memorial Day 2019:
Opioids and injured workers - Interview with Dr. Gary Franklin, UW DEOHS Blog
Testing strategies to combat the opioid epidemic - UW SPH article on Dr. Gary Franklin research
A Fatal Cure for Injured Workers - The National Safety Council
ITUC announces their 2019 Worker Memorial Day Theme: Taking Control - removing dangerous substances from the workplace. ITUC will focus on Zero Cancer - how to eliminate or minimise exposure to carcinogens in the workplace.
Honoring 11 King Count Workers Who Lost their Lives in 2018:
2018 Resources - Worker Rights, Safety and #MeToo Awareness
This special video was made in honor of 12 workers who lost their lives in King County in 2017:
2017 Resources - Workplace Violence
Heartbeat of Health and Safety Podcast, "Worker Memorial Day and the History of Occupational Health and Safety"
Pacific Northwest OSHA Education Center 2017 Worker Memorial Day Newsletter
2017 Keynote address: Rais Bhuiyan - Protecting Workers From Violence: A Hate Crime Survival Story
Workplace Violence: Shooting Survivor Becomes Forgiveness Ambassador - Northwest Center for Occupational Health and Safety Blog
New Resource: National Center for Victims of Crime, Workplace Violence Statistics Infographic - View
Other Information and Resources:
- 2016 UW Event Flyer: Download
- 2016 Keynote Address: Rebecca Saldaña, Executive Director, Puget Sound Sage: View
- ALF-CIO 2016 Worker Memorial Day Fact Sheet: Download
- AFL-CIO 2016 Worker Memorial Day Poster: Download
- National Council for Occupational Safety and Health US Worker Fatality Database: View
- Work-Related Fatalities in Washington State 2015 Report: Download
- University of Washington 2015 Event Program: Download
- 2015 Keynote Speech by Stephen A. Bezruchka: Download
- University of Washington 2015 Event Flyer: Download
- 2015 OSHA Worker Memorial Day Poster - Download
- WA L&I Thoughts and Photos Honoring Washington State Workers who Died in 2014: Download
- WA L&I Workers Memorial Day Website: Visit
- Dr. David Michaels and Joseph Main, “Renewing Our Commitment to Worker Safety”: View
- Dr. John Howard, NIOSH Director, “Workers Memorial Day, 2015”: View
- President Obama, “Workers Memorial Day, 2015”: View
- AFL-CIO’s 2015 “Death on the Job; The toll of neglect” report, April 2015: View
- National COSH, “Not an Accident: Preventable Deaths 2015,” April 28, 2015: Download
- CDC – MMWR, “Workers’ Memorial Day, April 28, 2015” (statistics): View
- EHS Today, “4,585 Reasons for Workers Memorial Day”: View
- EHS Today, “Celebrating World Safety and Health at Work Day": View
- Renewing our Commitment of Worker Safety OSHA Blog - View
- Additional OSHA Resource List: Download
In honor of Worker Memorial Day, please view this video from WA L&I.
Presentation of the Colors, UW Air Force ROTC Honor Guard Bagpiper Neil Hubbard accompanies the UW Air Force Honor Guard
Keynote Speaker Rebecca Saldana A moment of silence for King County's fallen workers
Enjoying music from the Seattle Labor Chorus Memorial Recognition, Caitlin Benstead, SEIU Local 925
2015 Workers' Memorial Day Planning Committee Singing "we just come to work here, we don't come to die"
A moment of silence for fallen workers Committee members listening as the names of fallen workers are read.
Jeff Johnson, president of the WA State Labor Council Keynote speaker Stephen Bezruchka, UW Dept. of Health Services
Ramon Torres, president of Familias Unidas por la Justicia recalls a fallen co-worker and friend.