CWA President Chris Shelton called on CWA members to join Workers' Memorial Day events on April 28.
"Participation in Workers' Memorial Day 2016 will be of particular significance to CWA as we lost five members to workplace fatalities during 2015 and the first part of 2016," he said.
This year, CWA mourns the deaths of:
- Wanda Holbrook, 57 years old, a member of IUE-CWA Local 84436, Ionia, Michigan. Employed as a maintenance technician for Ventra Ionia Main, Wanda died on July 7, 2015, after being crushed by robotic machinery,
- Dennis Martin, 51 years of age and Daniel Anderson, 33 years of age, members of CWA Local 3676, Goldsboro, North Carolina. Employed by SPX Transformer Solutions, they died while performing transformer work on November 30, 2015,
- John Hare, 51 years of age, a member of CWA Local 2222, Annandale, Virginia. Employed by Verizon, John died on December 14, 2015, after falling from a ladder while performing telecommunications aerial work, and
- Fred Bosch, 42 years of age, a member of CWA Local 3112, West Palm Beach, Florida. Employed as an outside plant technician by AT&T, Fred died on January 15, 2016, after suffering an electrocution while performing aerial work.
This year, union members from across the labor movement will come together to call for work in this country that is safe and healthy, pays fair wages and provides all workers with the freedom to form unions without the threat of retaliation.