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UFCW 1006A activists helped raise worker safety awareness during the National Day of Mourning on April 28.

Pramie Ramroop, who works at Sofina Foods, encouraged and rallied her co-workers to observe the day at their workplace.

“The National Day of Mourning is important because it is a day for us to commemorate those whose lives have been changed by a workplace illness, accidents or death,” said Ramroop. “It is a time to remember our sisters and brothers who we have lost in workplace accidents.”
1006A also joined labour and community allies at the annual National Day of Mourning service at the Woodbridge Memorial Arena.

“All workers deserve to be safe,” said President Wayne Hanley. "Workplace injuries can happen to anyone, whether you are young or old, a newly hired worker or a long-time employee. That’s why your union works hard to protect your health and safety."

The Day of Mourning is an annual tradition that was initiated by the Canadian Labour Congress in 1984. Today, it is observed in more than 100 countries around the world.

Nancy Prout, a steward from Real Canadian Superstore and a member of the Executive Board, spoke out about empowering members with the health and safety knowledge they need to work safe.

“We must make sure members understand the importance of health and safety in the workplace because this knowledge is essential for the workers and companies to ensure optimal safety conditions,” she said. "As a member of our Joint Health & Safety Committee, it is part of my responsibility to conduct workplace inspections, making recommendations about the identification and control of workplace hazards, and assisting the employer in resolving worker health and safety complaints. UFCW 1006A works hard to protect our members' health and safety."

Natasha Grey, a steward from No Frills and a member of the Executive Board, also took time to mark the day.

“For me, the day is about raising awareness and refocusing our efforts to not have workplace injuries happen again,” she said. "It is important that we observe the National Day of Mourning because we need to stay focused on what is going on in our workplaces regarding proper health and safety protocols so we can prevent serious injuries.”

1006A continues to advocate for 10 paid sick days for all to ensure workers do not have to go to work sick.

If you are worried about health and safety in your workplace or are injured at work, carefully document your concerns and observations, talk to your union rep and contact your union's health and safety department.

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