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Day of Mourning - April 28 @ 10:30am

Please join us here today at 10:30 am for a moment of silence and a video recognizing those who have lost their lives on the job, and to renew our commitment to creating safer workplaces.

https://youtu.be/C3Y9OwzmsgU

April 28 is the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Traditionally on this day, all over the world, public ceremonies are held at 11 a.m. to mourn these workers, and those suffering from occupational disease.

This will be the second year in a row that Day of Mourning will take place in the shadow of the COVID-19 pandemic. Unfortunately, the current circumstances means that we will once again have to make this occasion without being in the physical presence of others. Despite that, April 28 continues to be an important opportunity for workers and employers to remember those who have passed, but critical for all of us to express our continued commitment to protecting workers and preventing further tragedies, and making every workplace safe and healthy for everyone.

No one should ever have to go to work and not be able to safely return home. Sadly, throughout this past year as we have seen daily death tolls being reported as a result of COVID-19, we know that many likely have become violently ill or succumbed to this terrible virus because of contracting COVID-19 in their workplaces.

In 2020, 151 B.C. workers died from a workplace injury or disease. There were 63 fatalities due to traumatic injury and 88 fatalities due to occupational disease. Many more work-related deaths aren’t counted by our workers’ compensation system, and likely many COVID-19 related deaths aren’t included in those totals as well. We have also seen an increase in instances of violence in the workplace, particularly against racialized workers, and this has contributed to the deterioration of overall health and safety in the workplace, including mental health.

Once again this year, Day of Mourning ceremonies will take place virtually. A virtual ceremony will be held start at 10:30 a.m. PT on April 28 at dayofmourning.bc.ca. We encourage everybody to join if they can. If you are unable to participate, please consider observing a moment of silence at 11 a.m. on April 28.

Please join your fellow union members as we remember those we have lost and continue to fight to ensure that no one is forced to risk injury, illness, or death as a result of going to work. Visit dayofmourning.bc.ca for more information and to find other resources.

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Since April 2020, employees have had the option to go paper-free when they register or sign in to My Account. If employees want to receive a digital notification when their 2020 Member’s Benefit Statement (MBS) and 2020 Report to Members are ready, they need to opt in to receiving paper-free communications before April 16, 2021. If they opt in after this date, they’ll receive their 2020 MBS and Report to Members by mail, but they’ll receive future notifications digitally. 

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