have known and worked with Shari McAsey for many years, and we became very close
friends. When she asked me to become a committee member for the Workers Memorial
Fund, I felt very honored. After learning of the hardships of family members dealing
with a death of a spouse and the financial help this funding brings, I didn't
have to be asked twice. It is with much joy and love that I can serve on this
board that gives financial support to families when they need it the most. I am
retired after 26 years at the Ukiah Post Office, and serve as board member and
Vice President of the Ukiah Civic Light Opera. I am a volunteer at Ukiah Valley
Medical Center and through my church, also volunteer at the Buddy Eller Homeless
became a board member of the Workers Memorial Fund, after meeting Shari McAsey,
and hearing her story of the loss of her husband. I felt honored to be part of
such a wonderful organization. I have always had a passion for helping others,
and wanted to help Shari fulfill her dream. I am a founder of Nuestra Casa, a
family center, served 2 yrs as president, and have been a board member for 15
yrs. I also have worked for the Ukiah Unified School District for the past 30
name is Shari McAsey. The Workers Memorial Committee is the first I have
ever served on. I have learned, very quickly, that to serve on a committee such
as this you must feel a deep passion for the cause in which you are working for.
Mine comes from the loss of my husband Bob who was killed at work in 1999. I realize
now that to truly understand what people face in the sudden loss of a working
spouse you must live it yourself. I was so ignorant of how profoundly paralyzed
one becomes, both emotionally and physically when word hits you that there has
been a horrible accident and how you remain in this state for many, many months
to come. As in any painful challenge life brings, what you learn is immeasurable.
eyes were left wide open and I wanted to ease some stress for others who receive
a phone call such as I had by starting up a fund that would reach out to help
in some small way. For all the sadness and the pain
.there is nothing one
can do to help. But by sending a check to help replace the paycheck that will
not be coming in any longer might.
honor my husband Bob and all workers killed on the job this fund was formed.
have been the president of my union local for over a decade
as well as a delegate to the North Bay Central Labor Council.
For years I had seen the ad on back of my national union
magazine for Workers Memorial Day, urging union members
to observe April 28, the anniversary of the signing of
the law creating OSHA, to aid the attempt of the AFL-CIO
to have a national holiday created to honor workers who
have been killed, injured or permanently disabled on the
job. After Bob McAsey, my coworker Shari's husband, was
killed on the job, the next time I saw that ad, it finally
clicked for me that this was an effort to become involved
with. With the help of other union activist, I have been
able to begin a tradition of holding a yearly observance
of Workers Memorial Day in Ukiah.