A candle wrapped with a memorial ribbon.

Falling every year on April 28, The National Day of Mourning is a time to recognize and remember those who have lost their lives, suffered injury or illness on the job, or experienced a work-related tragedy. Every year, tens of thousands of Canadians suffer workplace illness, injuries, and, in some cases, fatalities.

We encourage all of the recipients of this message to set aside a moment today in recognition of those workers we have lost and those who live with illness or injuries they have sustained at work.

The National Day of Mourning also serves as an opportunity to recognize the distinct importance of health and safety efforts in the workplace. From laws about workplace safety to boots-on-the-ground health and safety teams in the workplace. The people involved in these efforts perform a critical service.

Local 241 stands in solidarity with the families and friends of those affected by workplace tragedies. With each tragedy, there are loved ones, family members, friends and co-workers who are deeply impacted. We remain committed to supporting impacted peoples and advocating for safer workplaces.