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Dear Friend,

Today marks Workers' Memorial Day, a day to remember the American workers who have been killed or harmed in their workplaces and to demand that when Americans go to work, they are not exposed to needless danger, injury, or violence.

In recognition, Senator Tammy Baldwin, Ranking Member of the Senate Subcommittee on Education and the Workforce, introduced a resolution in the Senate to bring greater awareness to this day of remembrance.

“Everyone should be able to make a living in a safe workplace free from threats to their health and safety,” said Senator Baldwin. “I’m proud to recognize April 28th in honor of all those workers who have been killed or injured in the workplace and bring greater awareness to the importance of strengthening worker health and safety protections. But more needs to be done, and that is why I have introduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act in the Senate, which expands and strengthens workplace safety laws. Every worker should come home safely to their families at the end of the work day.”

Every year there are more than 3,500,000 occupational illnesses and injuries in the United States. In 2016, there were 5,190 fatal workplace injuries at an average rate of 14 per day. Wisconsin alone witnessed 105 of those fatal work injuries.

Tens of thousands of Americans become permanently disabled because of an injury of illness sustained on the job. Meanwhile, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) is chronically underfunded and the Trump Administration continues to block the agency from implementing rules to improve worker safety.

Senator Baldwin has long championed legislation to help strengthen worker protections

Last month, she introduced the Protecting America’s Workers Act to help improve reporting, inspection and enforcement of hazardous work conditions. Specifically, Senator Baldwin’s legislation amends the OSH Act to cover more workers, strengthen protections, update penalties, enhance public accountability, and clarify an employer’s duty to provide safe workplace.