This is a cross-post from the Southern California Coalition for Occupational Safety and Health (SoCalCOSH).
Hello, my name is Chloe Osmer, I'm an OSH Activist and I work at the AFL-CIO. I'm also a SoCalCOSH board member.
Until just a few years ago, I never gave much thought to Workers Memorial Day. Sure, I understood that safety on the job was important, but that was something other people could worry about, it didn't have much to do with me. I was more interested in struggles to make sure people were paid fairly, so that they had enough money to put food on the table; that was the more important stuff.
When I started working on the CLEAN Carwash Campaign, that all began to change.