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Union leaders conduct yearly workers memorial ceremony on La Crosse riverfront



On a cold and wet Sunday at La Crosse’s Green Island Park, a memorial service was held to honor people whose deaths were related to their jobs.

The yearly Workers Memorial ceremony, sponsored by the Western Wisconsin AFL-CIO, recognizes dozens of people in region whose lost their lives at the workplace in recent years.

State Senator Brad Pfaff says citizens need to fight to protect the safety of workers, and to help provide them with medical benefits such as Badgercare. “Far too many workers are still killed and injured on the job,” Pfaff told an audience at the ceremony. “No one should have to risk their life to make a living. Workers deserve dignity and respect and safety on the job.”

State Sen. Brad Pfaff speaks at the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony on La Crosse’s Green Island on Sunday

The names of area residents who died from job-related causes were read on Sunday, as crosses with their names were planted in the grass at Green Island Park. La Crosse AFL-CIO treasurer Bill Brockmiller says the percentage of workplace deaths in the U.S. has been going up, and he worries that economic factors may contribute to more injuries and deaths.

“In may cases, given the structure of the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, it’s less expensive for an employer to pay the fine, even when there’s a fatality, than build and follow safety regulations,” said Brockmiller.

The observance returned to Green Island this year, after being moved away from the riverfront in 2023 because of flooding. The local memorial service is always held nationwide on April 28th, the anniversary of the date that the Occupational Safety and Health Act took effect in 1970.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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  1. Walden

    April 28, 2024 at 11:40 pm

    I notice the links above to other “you may like” stories all involve Brad Pfaff. Nothing linked to the union movement, Workers Memorial Day, or job safety.

    As a former Teamster I take exception to the pandering for Pfaff…its not ALL about him.

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