Winnipeg Association of Public Service Officers

President Robinson speaks at City Hall Day of Mourning Ceremony

Day of Mourning April 28th, 2015
WAPSO Speech at City Hall Ceremony

Good Morning,

Mayor Bowman, Councillors, Senior Administration, fellow union brothers and sisters and guests; on behalf of WAPSO’s members and Board I would like to thank you for the opportunity to be a part of today’s gathering and I would also like to thank those who organized today’s event. Today is to recognize those who have been hurt or lost their lives while at work and to remind ourselves of the need to ensure that our workplaces are as safe as practical to allow everyone to go home at the end of the day and at the end of their careers.

I mentioned the end of their careers because there are many different kinds of workplace injuries. Some are acute where life threatening conditions can develop very quickly. There are other conditions where exposure may not be detected for many years and can take many more years to affect workers health and wellness. We should also not forget to recognize those that are affected by workplace tragedies. It impacts loved ones, families, friends, and coworkers and can change their lives forever.

Today’s event spans the borders of all workers, unions, management and political leaders. We are all here for the same purpose and obligation – to work together to ensure all workers have a safe workplace and are able to go home at the end of the day and their careers to their loved ones.

The City is fortunate to have the commitment, the funding and the staff resources through trained safety specialists and the many staff volunteers who work relentlessly in the pursuit of safety.

We should also acknowledge that other workplaces may not have that same level of commitment. We should also speak out and help all workplaces move towards the same goals and achievements as we have here at the City of Winnipeg.

As I mentioned in my opening remarks, workplace safety is a broad issue that affects everyone. Whether through your own experience, through a co-worker, or a friend, safety can directly or indirectly touch us all. So, let us make this National Day of Mourning the day where we renew our commitment to working together to make our workplaces as safe as we can.

Thank you.

Michael Robinson,

President WAPSO-IFPTE Local 162

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