April 26, 2013
Remembering those who have died
On April 26, at the Local 309 Union Hall, current and retired employees from Alcoa Tennessee Operations and Brookfield Renewable Energy Partners gathered to acknowledge Workers’ Memorial Day (officially April 28) and remember those who have died on the job.
During the annual Workers’ Memorial Day service, 24 names of USW Local 309 employees who have died on the job were read out loud. Rodney Martin, who lost his life on October 2, 2002, was the last name read. Also in memory of those who have died, a dogwood tree was planted by a monument listing the names, and then a moment of silence was observed.
In addition to the Workers’ Memorial Day ceremony, a joint Alcoa and USW Local 309 Workers Memorial golf tournament is scheduled for Monday, April 29, at Lambert Acres golf course. This inaugural Workers’ Memorial golf tournament will honor employees who have lost their lives at Tennessee Operations. In addition to player entry fees, money is also being collected through hole sponsorships.
Proceeds from the golf tournament will go towards a Workers’ Memorial Fund that will be used for the maintenance and beautification of the USW Local 309 memorial monument and for support and comfort of employees during times of grief and need.