April 28 is the National Day of Mourning, a global event dedicated to remembering workers killed, injured or made ill on the job.
It is a day to show solidarity with the victims and their families and strengthen our commitment to preventing future tragedies.
Your union is encouraging you to join us for the National Day of Mourning at Woodbridge Memorial Arena, 5020 Highway #7 (at Islington), Vaughan, Ontario. The event starts at 11 a.m. and you are welcome to bring your family, friends, and co-workers.
According to the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety, an estimated 900 workers are killed on the job in Canada every year. More than 230,000 claims were accepted for lost time due to work-related injury or disease, the centre reports.
UFCW Canada reports injuries sustained by individuals in Canada costs an estimated $19.8 billion annually in health care costs, and costs related to reduced productivity from hospitalization, disability and premature death.
Started by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984, the National Day of Mourning is today observed in more than 100 countries around the world.
For a list of Day of Mourning events, click here.
What you can do to mark the National Day of Mourning:
Attend a Day of Mourning event in your community
Post on your social media accounts about the Day of Mourning.
Encourage others to attend an event
Educate others about health and safety rights, responsibilities and prevention measures