This Sunday is April 28th. It marks the National Day of Mourning.
Here is Rob Ellsworth, the Safety Representative for USW Local 6-1-6-6, to tell us about the origin of the day.
“The date of April 28th was chosen because of April 28th, 1914, Ontario proclaimed the first comprehensive workers’ compensation act in Canada. At the 1984 Convention of the Canadian Labour Congress, a resolution was adopted declaring April 28th as the National Day of Mourning to honour those workers in Canada who have been killed, injured or disabled on the job or who have suffered from occupational diseases.”
A local event will be held at the Union Hall starting at 2 pm this Sunday.
Everyone is welcome to attend.
To hear more on the National Day of Mourning, listen to Thompson Today April 26th at 12:40 and 5:10.