Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

April 27, 2007 13:25 ET

NORTH BAY & DISTRICT LABOUR COUNCIL - DAY OF MOURNING CEREMONY

NORTH BAY CITY HALL, 200 McINTYRE STREET EAST, NORTH BAY, SATURDAY, APRIL 28, 2007 AT 10:45 A.M.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - April 27, 2007) - "We must not only commemorate the dead and the injured on this day but we must also think long and hard about the losses that their families and communities have suffered. The labour movement is in a constant struggle to try and protect workers and pressure governments to enact strong workplace safety laws - and enforce them," said Ontario Federation of Labour, executive vice-president, Terry Downey.

The House of Commons, many provinces and municipalities observe the Day of Mourning with a minute's silence and many flags fly at half-mast on municipal buildings and provincial and territorial legislatures.

Pallbearers carried 315 Ontario workers to their graves last year as a direct result of workplace conditions. Another 341,437 claimed compensation for work-related injuries. Missing from the official record were an estimated 6,000 workers killed by cancer, lung disease and other ailments, all attributed to toxic exposures in their workplaces.

Terry Downey will join the North Bay & District Labour Council, injured workers and activists to honour and pay tribute to workplace victims.

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OFL Executive Vice-President
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Contact Information

  • Dana Boettger, OFL Communications Director
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731 ext. 665
    Secondary Phone: 416-443-7665
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138