LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) — Workers Memorial Day is a time to remember those who died while working in their fields.
“The people here are still mourning and they want to make sure that nobody else gets added to our memorial wall here,” Western Wisconsin American Federation of Labor and Congress of Industrial Organization President Tyler Tubbs said.
According to the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, there are 14 deaths that occur every day in the United States. On Sunday, the organization hosted the annual memorial service at Labors Grove in Green Island Park. The memorial is also a time to promote awareness for the six Wisconsin counties it covers.
From small business owners to boat workers, all union workers are included.
“If it means taking a step back and slowing down to get the job done or you see a co-worker doing something that’s unsafe don’t be afraid to stand up and say something,” Tubbs said. “Maybe talk to your boss or maybe change some of the ways that you do things.”
The Wisconsin AFL-CIO said 106 workers died in the state in 2017.