April 22, 2011
April 28, 2011 is the International Day of Mourning
 
On December 28, 1990, 8-years after the Day of Remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour
Congress, April 28 was marked as the official day of observance to annually commemorate workers
killed, injured or disabled on the job, or who suffer from occupational related illnesses.  This day is also
intended to show Canadians' concern for occupational health and safety.

Canada's National Day of Mourning spread to over 80 countries around the world and has been adopted
by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade, which has earned this important day
to now be recognized as the International Day of mourning.

In 2004, over 800 workers died from workplace injury and disease.  Over 300,000 were injured
seriously enough to prevent them from reporting to work.   

It is estimated that over one million work-related injuries and illnesses are reported each year in
Canada, not to mention the numbers that are not.
We ask our CAW Council 4000 membership from coast to coast to stop working at 11:00 local time on April 28th, and pause for
one-minute of silence in memory of all Canadian workers who have been killed or injured on the job.

Appendix IX of CN Agreement 5.1; Appendix VIII of CN Agreement 5.4; Appendix N, Item 31 of VIA Rail Agreement No. 1; and
Appendix 21, Item 31 of VIA Rail Agreement No.2 enshrine this observance each April 28th for non-clerical members.

On April 28th, the Canadian flag on Parliament Hill will fly at half-mast, workers will light candles, don ribbons and black armbands
and observe moments of silence all across the country.

Making workplaces safer is, or should be, a daily effort.  But April 28 has been singled out to offer employees and employers the
opportunity to remember the dead, injured and ill, as well as publicly renew their commitment to improve health and safety in the
workplace.