April 28th marks the National Day of Mourning in Canada for workers who have died, been injured or have suffered illness due to hazardous work conditions. It is also a day to reaffirm the commitment to making workplaces safe for everyone.
(From the National Day of Mourning Wikipedia) Workers’ Memorial Day was started in Sudbury, Ontario in 1984, and the Canadian Labour Congress officially declared it an annual day of remembrance in 1985 on April 28. It has since grown to be observed in over 80 countries.
In December 1990, this day became a national observance with the passing of the Workers Mourning Day Act, so that on April 28, 1991, it was officially the National Day of Mourning for persons killed or injured in the workplace; making April 28, an official Workers’ Mourning Day.
ATU 583 hopes this important day of remembrance helps us all continue to shed light on the need for workplace safety for all.
Photo information (click photo to see full image):
Photo 1: ATU Local 583 representatives. Back row from left: Patrick Denig, Tom McKinstry, Michaela Hannem, Harvey Woo, Raj Jessel, Zul Vira. Front row from left: Bill Johnson. Neil McKinnon, Rick Ratcliff.
Photo 2: Back left: Rick Ratcliff, Michael Connolly MLA, Patrick Denig, Tom McKinstry, Michaela Hannem, Harvey Woo, Raj Jessel, Zul Vira. Front left: Bill Johnson, Craig Coolahan MLA, Jamie Kleinsteuber, Brandy Payne MLA, Brian Malkinson MLA and Neil McKinnon
Photo 3: Speaker: Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull from Alberta Worker’s Resource Center. Back: Alex Shevalier of the CDLC
Photo 4: Speaker: MLA Craig Coolahan, on behalf of the Provincial Government
Photo 5: Wreaths laid in honor of those lost to workplace injury, accident or illness.