The Workers Memorial Mass

Kris LaGrange's picture
Apr 13, 2011

Every Year on Workers Memorial Day in NYC, St. Patrick's Cathedral hosts a standing room only Mass honoring all those in the Building Trades who died on the job. Workers Memorial Day, April 28th, is the day in which the labor movement recognizes as the day that OSHA was signed into law. On Long Island, an annual non-denominational Memorial Service is held at the NYS Office Building. UCOMM Clients wanted to reach out to the community and work more closely with the Church and religious community. Laborers Local 66 reached out to other unions on Long Island to organize the first ever Workers Memorial Mass at beautiful St. Patrick's Church on Main Street in Bay Shore on Wednesday, April 27th at 6:00 PM. Members are encouraged to wear hard hats at Mass for a special blessing of the hard hats. It is a very powerful and moving sight to see a sea of building trades hard hats in Church. St. Joseph is the patron Saint of Workers and his feast is celebrated on May Day. He is commonly known by Catholics as St. Joseph the Worker. After Mass, a local restaurant and pub, Declan Quinn's, agreed to put out some food for all the union members and Church volunteers who attend the Mass. This first ever Workers Memorial Mass event is being co-organized by UCOMM Clients Laborers Local 66, IBEW Local 1049, CWA Local 1104, Local 259 UAW and being promoted on the air by UCOMM Radio.

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