Today, May 1st, Hesperian‘s offices are closed to commemorate International Workers’ Day. We’re taking a well-deserved day off.
Like the great majority of the world’s workforce, we’ll spend time with family and friends, resting and recharging our batteries.
We’ll also participate in community events and marches around the Bay Area, in Oakland, San Francisco, and Santa Rosa, demanding labor and occupational health and safety rights for all workers, regardless of their legal status, and comprehensive immigration reform.
And though May Day comes but once a year, it isn’t the only day to struggle for workers’ rights and health.
On April 24th, we commemorated the one year anniversary of the tragic Rana Plaza collapse by calling on US Apparel companies to stop avoiding their responsibility and create safer factories by joining the Accord on Fire and Building Safety in Bangladesh.
And on April 28th, International Workers’ Memorial Day, we participated in a local day of action (in tandem with events all over the US and around the world); shared 2 important reports highlighting the need to prevent more workers from becoming ill or dying on the job (Dying at Work in California and Preventable Deaths 2014); and joined lively Twitter storms (with #IWMD14, and #WorkersMemorialWeek) to build awareness and encourage discussion about workers’ health issues.
And after all that, we went back to work on finishing Hesperian’s upcoming book Assembly Required: A Worker’s Guide to Health and Safety.
What will you do to celebrate International Workers’ Day?