"Please take a moment to reflect on the loss, to hold your family and loved ones a bit closer tonight, and to remember to stay safe — everyone deserves to come from work safe and sound." — Graeme Johnston.
Nanaimo (16 June 2020) — On June 12, a member of the BC Marine and Ferry Workers Union (BCMFWU/BCGEU), died while on the job in a suspected drowning. The BCMFWU is an affiliate of the BC Government and Service Employees' Union.
Condolences to member's family, friends and co-workers
"One person not coming home to their family after work is one too many," says a Facebook post from the BCGEU/NUPGE.
"I echo the condolences of the BCGEU/NUPGE on this tragic death," said Larry Brown, President of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE). "Our thoughts are with the member's family, friends and co-workers."
Marine and Ferry member's death being investigated
WorkSafeBC is investigating the death. BC Ferries has convened a Divisional Inquiry, and following discussion with Deas Dock President Bruchet, the BCMFWU/BCGEU has appointed Carl Campbell, who is the Provincial 2nd Vice- President and Senior Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee Co-Chair, as the union representative for this investigation.
Flags at the union's office will remain at half-mast until the end of the month.
Graeme Johnston, BCMFWU President, encouaged members to speak with someone from the Employee Assistance Program at Homewood Health at 1-800-663-142, or visit their web page at www.homeweb.ca.
"Please take a moment to reflect on the loss, to hold your family and loved ones a bit closer tonight, and to remember to stay safe –— everyone deserves to come from work safe and sound," said Johnston.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE