National Day of Mourning

The National Day of Mourning, held annually in Canada on April 28, is dedicated to remembering those who have lost their lives, or suffered injury or illness on the job or due to a work-related tragedy.

Every year on April 28 we pay our respects to, and remember, the thousands of workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness as a result of work-related incidents.

We also honour the many families and friends who have been deeply affected by these tragedies.

Every worker has the right to return home safe and sound at the end of each work day.

By working together – with employers, workers and our health and safety partners – we can prevent worker injuries and deaths before they occur.


The National Day of Mourning is not only a day to remember and honour those lives lost or injured due to a workplace tragedy, but also a day to renew the commitment to improve health and safety in the workplace and prevent further injuries, illnesses and deaths.

On April 28th the Canadian flag will fly at half-mast on Parliament Hill and on all federal government buildings. Employers and workers will observe Day of Mourning in a variety of ways. Some light candles, lay wreaths, wear commemorative pins, ribbons or black armbands, and pause for a moment of silence at 11:00 a.m.


In 1991, eight years after the day of remembrance was launched by the Canadian Labour Congress, the Parliament of Canada passed the Workers Mourning Day Act making April 28 an official Day of Mourning. Today the Day of Mourning has since spread to about 100 countries around the world and is recognized as Workers’ Memorial Day, and as International Workers’ Memorial Day by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the International Trade Union Confederation (ITUC).

It is the hope of CCOHS that the annual observance of this day will help strengthen the resolve to establish safe and healthy conditions in the workplace, and prevent further injuries and deaths. As much as this is a day to remember the dead, it is also a call to protect the living and make work a place to thrive.

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HMP Memorandum of Agreement

Memorandum Of Agreement

B E T W E E N:


(the “Union”)



(the “Company”)

RE: Accumulated HMP Banked time

(the “Subject”)

WHEREAS, the Company wishes to introduce a new process to allow Full-time and Part-time employees the ability

to schedule accumulated hours in their HMP bank. This process is intended to be similar to the treatment of the scheduling and payout of TGP.

AND WHEREAS, the Company wishes to reach an agreement with the Union to facilitate this new process.

AND WHEREAS, the Union Is open to the new process as discussed at the April 4th 2017 Labour Relations Committee meeting.


Welcome Stewards

The Local Executive is very pleased to announce the appointment of Brother Nelson DaSilva as interim CHIEF STEWARD of the HORNER RD. and ARROW RD. Work Centres and welcome Ron Hori , CHIEF STEWARD for the BTS CLERICAL. In addition we welcome Joanne Saliani and Derek Neal as STEWARDS of the BTS CLERICAL. Please join us in welcoming these individuals who share the same focus and have made a commitment to proudly represent the Members of Local 1996-O.

The Executive would also like to extend a thank you to all the Stewards for the continuous work they do on behalf of the members they serve on a daily basis.


In Solidarity


Work Life Balance is Achievable!!


Brother Brian Lowery presented Heath and Safety Issues in the Workplace pertaining to Perceived Harassment, Stress and Work Life Balance on behalf of the Local 1996-O Executive. Issues that Brother Brian addressed included the New Corporate Culture and Profitability at what cost. Local 1996-O presented a 3 step agenda to the Locals in attendance including the need to hold Caucus to develop a go forward strategy, Monthly Reach out call’s to include all Local Executives to discuss all reported issues and finally to appoint strong advocates to deal with trending issues in defense of all our Unifor Members in the Telco sector. Your Local 1996-O Executive strongly believes that it is time for all Locals in Ontario to work more closely as one unit and bring more attention to this growing concern that effects all our Members.