: News

Filed Under:

Memorial Erected To Honor Workers Killed On The Job

Play associated audio
The engraving honors Washington region union workers killed in job-related accidents.
Elliott Francis
The engraving honors Washington region union workers killed in job-related accidents.

By Elliott Francis

Wednesday, we observe Workers Memorial Day. That afternoon, a National Workers Memorial was unveiled in Silver Spring, Maryland.

The memorial honors the more than 5,000 workers killed on the job each year, including the nine transit employees who have died in the past year while working for Metro.

The memorial sits on the edge of a quadrangle at the National Labor College, featuring black granite benches erected by union members in honor of those who lost their lives on the job.

Names were read and a bell tolled in honor of workers lost in the West Virginia mine collapse earlier this month.

Earl Beaty was in attendance. He's with local 689 of the regional transit union, which represents metro transit workers.

He says, on paper, the Metro system is one of the safest in the country, but there are systemic problems that must be corrected: "Management using intimidation tactics, hiding reports, reports that don't come out, and that's a problem throughout this country and with Metro," he says.

Beaty adds he's optimistic about the transit agency's ability to improve it's safety record, especially after the recent appointment of interim General Manager Richard Sarles.

"He's new on the job, he's brought a new safety director in and they realize some of the problems that Metro faces now and in the future," he says.

Beaty also says workers need to be more attentive to their equipment and their own safety.


Once Outlaws, Young Lords Find A Museum Home For Radical Roots

Inspired by the Black Panthers, the Young Lords were formed in New York City by a group of Puerto Rican youth in 1969. Their history is now on display in a new exhibition.

Europe's Taste For Caviar Is Putting Pressure On A Great Lakes Fish

Scientists say lake herring, a key fish in Lake Superior's food web, is suffering because of mild winters and Europe's appetite for roe. Some say the species may be at risk of "collapse."
WAMU 88.5

A Congressional Attempt To Speed The Development Of Lifesaving Treatments

Earlier this month, the House of Representatives passed the 21st Century Cures Act in a rare bi-partisan effort. The bill is meant to speed the development of lifesaving treatments, but critics warn it may also allow ineffective or even harmful drugs onto the market.


Some Google Street View Cars Now Track Pollution Levels

Google's already tested three of the pollution-sensor equipped cars in Denver, and is currently trying them out in the Bay Area.

Leave a Comment

Help keep the conversation civil. Please refer to our Terms of Use and Code of Conduct before posting your comments.