EDMONTON—The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is preparing to grieve for Albertans killed and injured at work as well as honour worksite health and safety activists at its annual Day of Mourning ceremony.
The ceremony will take place on Friday, April 28, at 11:00 a.m. in AUPE Headquarters, 10025 182 St NW, Edmonton. Media are invited to attend.
“The Day of Mourning ceremony is a serious and sombre event for health and safety activists, sick or injured workers, and the families of those taken from us,” says Bonnie Gostola, AUPE Vice-President and chair of the union’s Occupational Health and Safety Committee.
“For many Albertans, our employers only care about making profits,” she says. “When bosses cut corners, workers suffer; sometimes, they die.”
AUPE has observed the annual Day of Mourning ceremony since 1985. The Canadian Labour Congress soon thereafter adopted the practice and the federal government declared April 28 the National Day of Mourning in 1991.
Now, union members around the world mark the day to remember fallen workers and recommit to fighting for workplace safety.
For more information or to schedule an interview with Vice-President Gostola, please contact:
Alexander Delorme, AUPE Communications Officer: firstname.lastname@example.org or 780-264-9274