International Day of Mourning Ceremony to be Held Tuesday

On April 28th, 1914, Ontario’s first Workers Compensation Act received third reading while at the same time the Eccles No. 5 Mine in West Virginia was exploding resulting in the death of 186 people. Join us at this year’s Day of Mourning Ceremony as we mourn for the dead and fight for the living.

Every year for a decade or more this event has seen the number of attendees increase. This year we welcome several quality speakers. Laurie Walker will give us a look in to the family turmoil caused by a workplace Injury. Dianne Parker, has been a nurse for 45 years, during which time she spent 10 years as the Ontario Nurses Association’s Region 1, Vice President. The Keynote speaker this year will be the Canadian Union of Public Employees, Ontario President, Fred Hahn.

This year’s ceremony will be dedicated to; Joe Prevett, a constable with the Thunder Bay Police Department who was in Toronto being trained with canine partner ‘Timber’ when he passed away. Jim Marchinko, an Injured Worker and long-time Injured Worker Activist and Robert Nelson, who passed away from his workplace injuries in 2012.
There will be a light meal (Beef on a Bun) served after the laying of the Roses. Please come out and share in an evening of reflection, hope and a little fight.

How Much is a LIFE Worth

On Saturday April 25th, 2015, the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal printed the following letter from long-time Injured workers activist and chair of this years Day of Mourning Planning Committee.

As we approach April 28, we are once again preparing for the Day of Mourning which is to commemorate workers that were killed at work or through an occupational disease. I’m not quite sure what we can do to be honest. For the past 10 years I’ve either been the chair or the emcee or both and year after year we listen to statistics and shake our heads as to the amount of lives that are lost year after year.
In doing some research today, I was simply amazed at the fines some employers are being assessed — $75,000, $100,000.00, large amounts. However, when you keep reading the court’s decision you soon realize that the worker was killed. Is that what a life is worth? What about the families left behind? Are they simply to keep going as if nothing happened?
The Ministry of Labour must make employers accountable for their actions or, in some cases, no actions when it comes to faulty equipment that kills workers, ruins lives, families, careers and the list goes on.
According to the MOL’s website, “new and young workers in Ontario are three times more likely to be injured in the first month on the job than at any other time.” We know it, we hear it, read it, so isn’t time we did something about it. Day of Mourning, April 28, everyone welcome.
Robert Larocque
Thunder Bay

New approach needed to workplace accidents

On Saturday, April 25, 2015, the Thunder Bay Chronicle Journal printed the following letter from long-time Injured worker activist, Steve Mantis.

Yesterday while helping to prepare for the Thunder Bay event recognizing the National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job I had a disturbing encounter. I met a skilled tradesman (let’s call him John) who traveled to Alberta for work. He was working on a pipeline in 2013 when a co-worker with a heart condition passed out. John immediately went to help. Continue reading

Ed Dovick To Be Guest Speaker at Injured Workers Event

The Thunder Bay and Districts Injured Workers Support Group have confirmed Ed Dovick as a guest speaker at their next monthly public meeting to be held on Thursday, April  16th at the Lakehead Labour Centre, 929 Fort William Road.  Ed is the manager of March of Dimes in Thunder Bay.  He will be speaking on worker rehabilitation, which will, in the tradition of these meeting, be followed with a hearty discussion of the topic.  The meeting will begin 7:00 pm and all are welcome.

If you wish to pup up a poster at you work site or an other Community location one has been provided.in the file below.

Poster April 2015 monthly meeting (1)