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Workers’ Memorial Day honors workers both past and present

The labor movement isn’t history
Published: Apr. 28, 2021 at 11:23 AM EDT
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ISHPEMING, Mich. (WLUC) - Today on Workers’ Memorial Day we commemorate the individuals who risk their health and safety every day for a paycheck.

Negative working conditions are not exclusive to dangerous jobs, and include being over worked, a lack of paid sick leave, and improper treatment of mental health.

All of these circumstances can affect one’s family and the community at large.

The first step in the fight for change is to simply recognize how employees are treated at their jobs.

“The precarious working conditions many employees face are excessive over time and understaffing, as well as exposure to heat and toxic chemicals. And of course, again with the pandemic, just exposure to contagious disease,” explains U.P. Regional Labor Federation field coordinator Cajsa Maki. “The labor movement isn’t history, it’s happening right now. And every single person who earns a paycheck is part of this labor movement.”

Especially now during a global pandemic, it’s a good time to say thank you to all of the employees who face great uncertainties at work.

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