Day of Mourning

On April 28th we pause for a moment to remember those killed or injured on the job.  This day holds a special place in the hearts of CUPE Local 30 members and executive as we were the first local to lobby for such a day of remembrance.  Back in the early-80s our Health and Safety committee felt it was time for a day of mourning.  We then passed a resolution at the provincial level which made its way to the next CUPE National convention.  In 1984 the Canadian Labour Congress also passed a resolution declaring April 28th as the Day of Mourning.  In 1991, Ottawa officially recognized that date as the National Day of Mourning for those killed or injured on the job.  Fast forward to today and this date is now recognized in over 100 countries.

This year is especially important to us at Local 30 as two members perished while at work.  Stephen Penny was crushed under a load of sand and gravel and never recovered from his injuries. Harl Hawley who was working alone during a night shift at a rec centre suffered a cardiac arrest and was found the next day by coworkers.  Another member lost her arm in a terrible accident at the Edmonton Waste Management Centre.

Please take a moment out of your day to remember the 125 people in Alberta and the two in Edmonton who died on the job or from occupational illness.  It’s your life, don’t leave work without it!

Mike Scott
Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 30