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pearl3On April 28, I invite you to join me in marking the annual Day of Mourning and remembering those who have been killed or injured on the job.

Started in 1984 by the Canadian Labour Congress, the day is about creating safer workplaces so workers can end their working lives in dignity and health – not premature injury, disease or death.

In Canada, workplace deaths remain a major problem. In 2011, the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety reports that at least 919 workers lost their lives due to work-related causes.

safety_conesA must read post from blogger Sheryl Smolkin about your right to refuse unsafe work in Ontario. Also, be sure to check out your union's online health & safety and WSIB resources.


day_of_mourningOn Friday April 27, we mourn the loss of 338 lives lost to accidents or occupational disease in Ontario in 2011.

York Region event – 11:00 am, Woodbridge Memorial Arena, Islington + Highway 7

Toronto event – 12:00 noon, Monument to Chinese Railway Workers

Check with your labour council for details in your community.

rubyThanks to the efforts of Local 1000A, injured worker Ruby Burtch will receive a substantial settlement from WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) in compensation payments.

Ruby was permanently injured after following the instructions of her supervisor, who asked her to lift large boxes of dishes by herself from the skid to the top rung of the display case at a Toronto Loblaws. The boxes were too heavy to be lifted by one person.