The Journal Gazette
Thursday, April 29, 2021 1:00 am


Unionized workers can fight workplace injustice

Workplace deaths and injuries should be the long-gone legacy of 19th century textile mills. But they are still a terrifying reality today.

Every day, 275 workers in America die from preventable workplace injuries and illnesses, while millions more are injured and made sick on the job.

Fifty years ago on April 28, the Occupational Safety and Health Act went into effect, promising every worker the right to a safe job. This year, workers are still fighting for workplace safety protections as the COVID-19 pandemic has devastated workers who have had inadequate protections from the virus. Meanwhile, broader structural failures have prevented workers from organizing our workplaces to demand safer working conditions.

This Workers Memorial Day, Indiana working families are standing up for safer jobs. We know the best way to have a safe workplace is through a union. That's why it's time for our senators in Washington, D.C., to pass the PRO Act, which would strengthen workers' freedom to organize a union and collectively bargain for safer working conditions.

Brett Voorhies

President, Indiana AFL-CIO

Sunday breakfast treat

Thank you to the kind couple who paid for our breakfast April 25 at Mr. Coney. What a surprise; we will pay it forward.


Fort Wayne

Legislative majority has been in business

The General Assembly has conducted business since early January, and it's been in business.

Trucking companies, we've lightened your load; developers, we managed to drain the swamp. Agribusiness, a tax abatement; and tower companies, let's just say you don't have to worry about the neighbors.

How 'bout unaccountable school money to private, picky, poor-performing profits; heck, you don't even need teachers.

We've kept our hearings much more low-key this year. Anything dicey we can always shove in the budget; objections might be dealt with a fistfight.

The election is so far away and we'll win anyway.

Don Shown

Fort Wayne

Skin color shouldn't influence traffic stop

I am writing in response to William Cook's April 25 letter, suggesting we should question why some of those killed by police resisted, thereby putting the blame for their death on them. A better question would be, when did the police become the judge and executioner?

I would also like to direct Cook to the numerous videos of white people resisting police, often with force, while either getting away with only a citation or an arrest. None were killed. So while Cook would like to claim resistance or disobeying the law is the cause, I would like to point out the obvious elephant in the room.

No one should be killed by the police. And the color of your skin shouldn't determine whether you survive a traffic stop.

Elizabeth Markley

Fort Wayne

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