In honor of Workers' Memorial Day today, the AFL-CIO released its annual report on workplace fatalities, Death on the Job. There were a total of 5,657 fatal workplace injuries in 2007, a slight decrease from the year before, according to the AFL-CIO's analysis. This year's report also examined job safety enforcement in cases of worker deaths, finding that the average national total penalty in fatality investigations was just $11,311. Download sections of the report here.
Mark Gruenberg of PAI has more on Workers' Memorial Day in the Swapping Stories section of www.ilcaonline.org.
In keeping with Mother Jones' famous admonition to "pray for the dead and fight like hell for the living," union members and women are also holding rallies today in honor of Equal Pay Day.
Although the recently enacted Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act marks a step in the right direction, women in the US still make an average of just 78 cents for every dollar men earn. James Parks of the AFL-CIO blog reports on the Coalition of Labor Union Women (CLUW) are continuing the fight for fair pay, and why unions should support the Paycheck Fairness Act.