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AUPE members mourn the workers killed and injured at work

Day of Mourning ceremony to be held tomorrow (Friday, April 26)

Apr 25, 2024

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EDMONTON—Workers will gather at Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) headquarters tomorrow (Fri., Apr. 26), to mourn those killed or injured as a result of their employment. 

The annual Day of Mourning ceremony will be held early this year because the official Day of Mourning falls on a Sunday (Apr. 28). This year’s ceremony will focus on mental-health related injury and illness. 

  • TIME: 11 a.m., Friday, April 26. 
  • LOCATION: AUPE HQ, 10025 182 St NW, Edmonton. Media are invited to attend.  

“We grieve for the 165 workers who died in 2023,” says Bonnie Gostola, AUPE Vice-President and chair of the union’s Occupational Health & Safety Committee. “We also recognize that psychological health is increasingly at risk in today’s workplaces." 

“More of our members are suffering from mental-health injuries, but those injuries aren’t always included in official reports, either because the workers themselves aren’t aware of how these injuries can affect them or because employers have not yet found ways to handle these issues,” she says. 

“Unions protect workers. Together, we have the power to push back against employers who neglect health and safety to save money or boost profits. It’s an important issue for the more than 82,000 AUPE members now bargaining for new collective agreements.” 

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AUPE Vice-President Gostola is available for interviews. 

For information, please contact: Jon Olsen, Communications Officer at 780-499-2735 or j.olsen@aupe.org 

What: AUPE Day of Mourning ceremony for workers injured killed or made ill by their job. 
When: 11 a.m., Friday, April 26. 
Where: AUPE HQ at 10025 - 182 Street N.W., Edmonton 
Or watch on Facebook Live here: https://www.facebook.com/yourAUPE 

News Category

  • Media release

Committee

  • Occupational health & safety committee

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