EVERY WORKER IS ESSENTIAL, EVERY LIFE INVALUABLE
Workers' physical and mental health have been weighed against the need for services, paycheques and company profits over the last 13 months.
“The toll is unacceptable,” says Mike Jee, chairperson of the Windsor and District Labour Council's committee in charge of organizing the local National Day of Mourning observance.
With Canada recording more than 1 million cases of COVID-19 and over 23,000 deaths to date, essential, frontline and all other workers “are faced with tremendous amounts of stress, fear, loss and uncertainty. As are those who are out of the workplace due to shortage of work, shuttered businesses, childcare, eldercare and COVID care needs at home, plus those on disability, WSIB and other medical leave. Quality of life, security and opportunity are threatened for so many people in our community,” Jee observes.
The Windsor and District Labour Council, representing more than 31,000 workers from over 40 affiliate organizations locally, “has the utmost concern and respect for them all.”