International Workers’ Memorial Day: April 28


April 28th is International Workers’ Memorial Day, a National Day of Mourning.

Today we remember all those who lost their lives to their jobs through accidents or illness. 

The Day of Mourning gives us time to reflect on and celebrate the lives lost on the job through workplace culture, accidents, illness, and mental health issues. This year, in particular, we think about those who have lost their lives on the job because of COVID-19.

Today, our thoughts are with the families who have lost loved ones, the co-workers who have lost colleagues, and all the workers who have become sick, injured, or have died dealing with the global pandemic.

AAPS members have a progressive sick leave outlined in the Collective Agreement. This an article that the Bargaining Committee has fought hard to protect in each round of collective bargaining.

We need to continue to work to make our workplaces physically and mentally safe. We call on the Federal and Provincial Governments to institute paid sick leave for all Canadians.