DOL Inducting Chinese Rail Workers into Hall of Fame

The May 9 ceremony in Washington, D.C., is scheduled to include Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez, Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu, and descendants of the railroad workers.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez is scheduled to participate in a public ceremony May 9 inducting into the DOL Hall of Fame the Chinese railroad workers whose work was crucial to the completion of the nation's first transcontinental railroad in 1869. Deputy Secretary Christopher Lu, and descendants of the railroad workers also will take part in the one-hour ceremony at the Department of Labor headquarters, 200 Constitution Ave. NW in Washington, D.C., starting at 11:30 a.m.

The DOL induction honors thousands of Chinese immigrants who helped to construct Western railroads during the 19th century, including the first U.S. transcontinental railroad.Many online resources are available that chronicle the arrival of the Chinese immigrant laborers and how they were hired to construct several railroads, including the Central Pacific line being extended eastward from Sacramento, Calif. Central Pacific eventually employed more than 12,000 of them and famously had its crews lay 10 miles of track in one day -– April 28, 1869 – 12 days before the Central Pacific line met the Union Pacific line at Promontory Point, Utah, and the "golden spike" was driven to complete the line.

"For this accomplishment, for their courage to organize in pursuit of fair wages and safe working conditions, and for the example they set for millions of Asian immigrants who followed them, the Chinese railroad workers will be inducted into our Hall of Honor," DOL's announcement states.

A Stanford University project's timeline lists key events in the Chinese laborers' work on various Western railroads from 1858 to 1885.

Three years ago, DOL inducted the Memphis sanitation workers who went on strike in 1968. The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. supported the strikers and was assassinated in Memphis on April 4, 1968; 12 days later, the strike ended with a settlement that included union recognition and higher wages.

Download Center

  • The Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping, there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. This guide is here to help!

  • Lone Worker Safety Guide

    As organizations digitalize and remote operations become more commonplace, the number of lone workers is on the rise. These employees are at increased risk for unaddressed workplace accidents or emergencies. This guide was created to help employers better understand common lone worker risks and solutions for lone worker risk mitigation and incident prevention.

  • Online Safety Training Buyer's Guide

    Thinking of getting an online safety training solution at work but not sure how to evaluate different solutions and find the one that's best for your company? Use this handy buyer's guide to learn the basics of selecting online safety training and how to use it at your workplace.

  • SDS Software Buyer's Guide

    Whether this is your first time shopping for online SDS software or you’re upgrading from a legacy solution, this guide is designed for you to use in your search for the safety management solution that works best for you and your company.

  • Risk Matrix Guide

    Risk matrices come in many different shapes and sizes. Understanding the components of a risk matrix will allow you and your organization to manage risk effectively.

  • Vector Solutions

OH&S Digital Edition

  • OHS Magazine Digital Edition - November December 2021

    November December 2021

    Featuring:

    • GAS DETECTION
      How to Streamline Gas Detector Maintenance
    • OSHA TOP 10
      OSHA's Top 10 Most Frequently Cited Standards for FY 2021
    • PROTECTIVE APPAREL
      How PPE Can Help You Deal with the Harsh Condition of Winter
    • HEARING PROTECTION
      Tackling Hearing Protection in the Workplace
    View This Issue