You’ve seen them before- you might recognize their face. Some of us even know these people by name or are related to them. On April 28th every year, we commemorate them. Join SEIU Healthcare as we mark the National Day of Mourning and pay our respects to the thousands of people who have lost their lives or been injured at work.

About 1,000 Canadian workers die in the workplace every year. And that number has risen over the past 15 years. This is in contrast to almost every other OECD country, where the incidence of workplace fatalities is declining.

On this day we not only pay our respects to these people and to their families, but we also continue to fight for better working conditions for all workers. Health and safety is an important issue, especially in healthcare. SEIU Healthcare members are constantly exposed to needles, deadly disease, toxic chemicals, etc. That’s why it’s important to have strong health and safety committees- people who ensure that employers are taking every step necessary to prevent injuries from happening in the first place.

You may not be aware that a few years ago, SEIU Healthcare led the fight to replace traditional needles with safety-engineered medical devices. That’s one of the key reasons why needlestick injuries have dropped dramatically in our hospitals and long-term care homes over the past few years.

Worker safety is an important issue, and that’s why we’re asking you to join us in paying our respects on the National Day of Mourning on April 28th 2014. Events are going on all over the Province. Click here to find out what events are happening near you.

SEIU Healthcare President Sharleen Stewart will be speaking at the National Day of Mourning event at Brampton Monument Site. See details below:

Monday, April 28, 2014, 11:00 a.m.

Brampton Monument Site, Brampton Flower City, 8870 McLaughlin Road, Brampton