QC workers call on Congress for safer working conditions

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Workers and community members are calling for safer work environments and honoring those who were injured or died on the job.

A Workers Memorial Day service was held in Bettendorf on Saturday, April 26, 2014 at the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 105 Hall to remember people who have been injured or died on the job. A goal of the service was also aimed at getting Congress to create and maintain safe jobs for the labor force.

“Management and the unions need to come together to look at workplace hazards and try to figure out ways to make sure that we keep people out of harm’s way and that we can all go home to our families just like we came to work that day,” said Brad Greve, Vice President of the USW Local 105.

The financial secretary for USW Local 105 said the Department of Labor reported that 229 workers from Illinois and Iowa combined were killed at work in 2012. That same year 170,500 injuries were reported.