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WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Donald Norcross (D-NJ) introduced legislation today to establish Workers’ Memorial Day as a federal holiday to honor and remember America’s workers who have been injured, become ill, and killed on the job.

“As an electrician, I have had the unfortunate experience of being on a job where hard working Americans have lost their lives.  That’s why I introduced the Workers’ Memorial Day Act, to remember our brothers and sisters who lost their lives while on the job and bring more attention to stronger working conditions for workers across the country,” Rep. Norcross said. “We have made great strides in making workplaces safer, but dangerous working conditions kill and injury thousands of workers every year. Our work is far from over and as a co-chair of the Labor Caucus and lifelong IBEW union member, I will continue to fight for safer workplaces and stronger health and safety standards and enforcement in Congress.”

The Workers’ Memorial Day Act establishes April 28 as Workers’ Memorial Day and designates the day as a federal holiday. For more than 50 years—since the enactment of the Occupation Safety and Health Act—the labor movement has observed Workers' Memorial Day.

Original cosponsors for the Workers’ Memorial Day Act are: Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Rep. Brendan Boyle (D-PA), Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Alma Adams (D-NC), Rep. Nikki Budzinski (D-IL), Rep. Morgan McGarvey (D-KY), Rep. Katie Porter (D-CA), Jasmine Crockett (D-TX).