SUDBURY, ON, June 9, 2011 /CNW/ - United Steelworkers (USW) members in
Sudbury and across North America are mourning the loss of two miners
killed on the job Wednesday.
"On behalf of all our members, I extend our deepest condolences to the
families, friends and co-workers of these two men who were respected
and loved by so many," said Rick Bertrand, President of USW Local 6500
"Their tragic loss is mourned throughout our community and beyond."
The two miners, whose names have not yet been made public, were killed
late Wednesday night while working underground at Vale's Stobie Mine in
The Ontario Ministry of Labour has closed the mine while the fatal
accident is being investigated. The Labour Ministry, along with the
Steelworkers, Vale and local police, are involved in the investigation.
"The Steelworkers will be involved in this investigation every step of
the way," Bertrand said. "Once the investigation is complete we will
work hard for the workplace to be restored to safe condition before it
starts up again."
"For our members and for our community, this tragedy is a painful
reminder of the potential danger mine workers confront on the job every
day," said USW District 6 Director Wayne Fraser.
"The United Steelworkers union has always been at the forefront of
efforts to improve workplace health and safety," Fraser added. "We will
work to ensure this investigation leads to greater safety not only in
this workplace but for all workers in the mining industry."
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information:
Rick Bertrand, President, USW Local 6500, 705-675-3381;
Wayne Fraser, Director, USW District 6, 416-243-8792, 416-577-4045