Workers rally in memory of those lost on job

ISHPEMING – The Marquette County Labor Council will stage a rally and vigil in Ishpeming Monday to honor those who have died or suffered injuries or illness on the job, and call on Congress to create safe jobs for all working people.

The event, commemorating Workers Memorial Day, will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday at the Cliffs Shaft Mining Museum and will gather workers, community members, faith leaders and local officials, according to a news release.

“In workplaces across America, workers continue to be exposed to toxic chemicals like asbestos and safety hazards, such as unguarded machinery,” the council said in the release. “Participants will note that while the Obama administration has moved forward to strengthen protections with tougher enforcement, business groups and Republican legislators are trying to roll back regulations and block new safeguards.”

During the event, a special tribute will honor Gary Hytinen of Ishpeming, a 61-year-old United Steelworkers union member and worker who died in December at the Tilden Mine after a fall from a railcar.

According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration, Workers’ Memorial Day is observed every year on April 28.

“It is a day to honor those workers who have died on the job, and to acknowledge the grievous suffering experienced by families and communities,” the OSHA website states.