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Hundreds turn out for Workers Memorial Day in Detroit to honor those who died on the job

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Nick Kotema is a member of United Steelworkers and arrived in downtown Detroit from Akron, Ohio for Workers Memorial Day.

“It’s real, I have a lot of friends in the steel industry who have lost buddies that I know – it’s a real situation,” he said.

Kotema and hundreds of people gathered at Hart Plaza to never forget the sacrifices people make as part of their jobs – especially those who have lost their lives on the job.

“Every worker comes home alive from work,” said an official who spoke.

“We are all here today because we care about safety and reform,” Wayne County Sheriff Raphael Washington said.

Workers Memorial Day is also about working to make workplaces safer, the pandemic presents new challenges.

“Nurses and all healthcare workers who have suffered through this COVID-19 pandemic should be honored,” said nurse Dina Carlisle. “They ran out of PPE, they went through unbelievable conditions. It’s not over, it continues in the hospital. We have PPE, but the lack of staff, we have no staff.”

Lieutenant Governor Garlin Gilchrist was also present.

“We’re stepping in and saying we’ll support you as you choose these professions,” Gilchrist said. “There will be no financial barrier to getting the education you need, to be the kind of healthcare professional you are ready to be. We are proud of that and we will continue to have people’s backs that way.”

According to the United States Bureau of Labor Statistics, fatal workplace injuries in Michigan totaled 131 in 2020.