Iowa Workers Who Lost Their Lives on the Job to Be Honored


Iowa Working families call for further safety measures at all workplaces

On April 28, 2016, local workers, labor and faith leaders will gather to honor workers who have suffered illness or injuries or died on the job. See list below.

Injured workers and the relatives of workers who lost their lives on the job will share their stories and renew the fight for stronger protections for workers across the country. Attendees will highlight the victories won by working people to strengthen workplace safety protections. Participants will also call on lawmakers and big business groups to support policies that keep working people safe.

WHAT: Events to commemorate Workers Memorial Day

WHEN: April 28

WHERE: Various events around Iowa. See list below.

WHO: Faith leaders/labor leaders/workers/local elected officials

Link to AFL-CIO Workers Memorial Day Info.

All these events are open to the public.

Cedar Rapids: April 28, 5:30 pm. IBEW Local 405 Hall, 1211 Wiley Blvd SW. Speakers:  Paul Iversen, University of Iowa Labor Center and Liz Mathis, Iowa State Senator. Sponsored by the Hawkeye Labor Council.  Rick Moyle or 319-396-8461

Clinton: April 28, 1 pm. Clinton Riverview RV Park (9th ave. north at the beginning of the dike). Speakers: Congressman Dave Loebsack; (or one of his staff). Contact Dave Keefer 309-788-4569 or

Des Moines: April 28, 11 am. West Capitol Terrace (west side of Capitol, near Historical Building). Speakers: Commissioner Michael Mauro (Iowa Division of Labor); Director Beth Townsend (Iowa Workforce Development); and Ken Sagar, President of the Iowa Federation of Labor AFL-CIO. Bag Pipes, 21 gun salute and taps. Sponsored by the South Central Iowa Federation of Labor. Contact Mark Cooper 515-265-1862 or

Dubuque: April 28, 5:30 pm, at the Labor Temple (1610 Garfield). Speaker: Bruce Clark, President of the Dubuque Federation of Labor, AFL-CIO; Dubuque Fire Fife and Drums, UAW Color Guard. Mark Cook or 563-590-8749 or

Fort Madison/Keokuk: We hung wreathes that said Hero at both Keokuk and Fort Madison Halls then we surrounded them with names of everyone who died to honor them. Contact Michael Bennett, 319-670-1103 or  The wreathes were hung early April and will stay up for a couple of months.

Iowa City: April 28, 12:30 pm at the Iowa City Ped Mall. (Fountain Plaza) Ceremony. Contact Patrick Wallace, 319-361-3212 or

Quad Cities: April 28, 11:00 am. USW Local 105 Union Hall, 880 Devils Glen Road, Bettendorf, IA.  Sponsored by the Quad Cities Federation of Labor. Contact Brad Greve 563-355-1181

Sioux City: April 28, Northwest Iowa labor council will have an event at the UFCW local 222 hall, 3038 S Lakeport, at 7:00 pm. Prayer by Father Boes and attorney Mac Smith will be speaking. Contact Rick Scott, 712-898-4915 or

Waterloo: April 28, 5:30 pm. Black Hawk Labor Temple, 1695 Burton Ave. Waterloo. There will be other activities to honor those killed on the job. Light meal in the Temple.  Contact John Padget 319-235-6211 or or Cal Eckhoff 319-240-8145 or

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