SUDBURY, ON, Sept. 25, 2019 /CNW/ - A memorial ceremony will be held at Leo Gerard Workers' Memorial Park in Greater Sudbury on Thursday, Sept. 26, to commemorate workers whose deaths were caused by occupational disease.
Memorial ceremony commemorating workers killed by occupational disease.
Leo Gerard Workers' Memorial Park
(adjacent to City of Lakes Family Health Team, 1679 Main St., Val Caron)
11:00 a.m., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019
Families of deceased workers, as well as United Steelworkers and City of Greater Sudbury representatives.
Keynote speaker: Leo W. Gerard, International President Emeritus, United Steelworkers
The names of several deceased workers, whose deaths from occupational disease have been officially recognized by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board, will be added to memorial plaques at Leo Gerard Workers' Memorial Park in Val Caron.
The deceased workers' names will be on permanent display at the park, alongside those of dozens of other Greater Sudbury workers who were recognized in memorial ceremonies in past years.
Leo Gerard Workers' Memorial Park was created in 2011 to commemorate Greater Sudbury-area workers who lost their lives due to workplace injuries and occupational disease. It was named in honour of United Steelworkers (USW) International President Emeritus Leo W. Gerard, a Sudbury native.
Gerard, who retired in July after serving 18 years as USW International President, will be the keynote speaker at Thursday's commemoration ceremony, which is sponsored by USW Local 6500.
"It is our duty to honour the memories of these men and women and to continue to fight for safer workplaces, greater enforcement of our laws and true accountability for employers responsible for workplace deaths and injuries," said USW Local 6500 President Nick Larochelle.
SOURCE United Steelworkers (USW)
For further information: Nick Larochelle, USW Local 6500 President, 705-675-3381, ext. 232.