The United Steelworkers Local 7106 held a ceremony at their monument to mark the National Day of Mourning. Their Health and Safety Rep Lori Guitard explained it’s a time to remember workers who have died or been injured on the job. She said with each person that we have lost in any preventable tragedies the effect is multiplied among the families and the loved ones that are left behind adding each death changes many lives forever and the hardship they will endure for a lifetime. She said as long as there are employers who cut corners to maximize profits, speed up production for that reason and gamble with worker’s lives every other day of the year this is the day we speak our truth about what’s happening in our workplaces.
Wreaths were laid by various union and community representatives. MLA Tom Lindsey noted its people that pushed for the changes that have been made in the workplace and we need people who make the rules to continue to hear all our voices as we mourn for the dead and fight for the living.