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April 28 is National Day of Mourning

April 27, 2021 at 10:27 AM

Each year on April 28th we pause to remember those workers who have lost their lives on the job, been injured, or who suffer from occupational disease.

Since 1978, sixteen Local 500 members have died due to a workplace accident or illness. And sadly, this year, three civic employees have died as a result of a work-related illness.      

It is also with regret that since the beginning of 2020, fourteen CUPE members from across the country have died as a result of their work. Ten of these deaths were due to COVID-19.

By remembering those who have been killed or injured, we remember why we must continue to fight for the health and safety of workers.

On Wednesday, April 28, CUPE encourages all Local 500 members to join one or all of the following virtual events to help pay tribute to fallen and injured workers.  

Day of Mourning Ceremonies/Events:

CUPE Local 500 April 28 Day of Mourning Video Message from Local 500 President Gord Delbridge

City of Winnipeg: Annual Workers Day of Mourning Video   
Time: 9:00 a.m.

Manitoba Federation of Labour's Online Candlelight Vigil
Time: 11:30 a.m.

We encourage you to register in advance at

Threads of Life:​ Video Honouring Day of Mourning