Iowa Workforce Development Communications
For Immediate Release
Date: April 20, 2018
Contact: Cory Kelly
Iowans will gather to pay tribute and reflect upon Iowa workers who lost their lives while working during the annual Workers Memorial Day ceremony on Friday, April 27 at 11 a.m. The ceremony will be held at the State Capitol, West Terrace lawn. In case of inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Wallace Building Auditorium 502 E. 9th St. in Des Moines.
“Workers Memorial Day is a day to honor and remember Iowans who have died in Iowa's workplaces and serving in our military in the past year. This is also a day to reflect on the lives that were lost and to renew our commitment to workers safety and health in the workplace” said Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro. During calendar year 2017, 32 Iowans died from injuries sustained while working, additionally, untold numbers of Iowans are injured from exposures in the workplace.
The family and friends of the deceased have been invited to this annual ceremony. Iowa Labor Commissioner Michael Mauro will be joined by Governor Kim Reynolds, Lt. Governor Adam Gregg, Director Beth Townsend, Iowa Workforce Development, President Mark Cooper, South Central Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO and President Ken Sagar, Iowa Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO. Also, state and local public officials, representatives from various labor organizations, and the public will be in attendance to honor those that have lost their lives.