April 24, 2006
April 28, 2006 is The National Day of Mourning   
On December 28, 1990, 8-years after the Day of Remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour
Congress, the Government of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act, which established April
28 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.

The National Day of Mourning has since spread to over 80 countries around the world and has been
adopted by the AFL-CIO and the International Confederation of Free Trade.  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 Local 4001 Membership 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 and VIA Agreements 1 and 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.
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