Unifor mourns the loss of worker at Twin Rivers Lumber Mill


PLASTER ROCK, NB, Sept. 24, 2015 /CNW/ - With heavy hearts Unifor is mourning the loss of life of a local union activist and leader at the Twin Rivers Lumber Mill worksite in Plaster Rock, New Brunswick on Wednesday.

Ronald (Ronnie) Warren was the vice-president of Unifor Local 5080 and worked as a heavy-equipment operator at the lumber mill. He died as a result of a workplace incident that is being investigated by WorkSafe New Brunswick.

"We are deeply saddened by the loss of a dear trade union brother who gave so much of his time and energy to represent our members," said Unifor Atlantic Director Lana Payne. "Safer workplaces remains at the foundation of the work we do in our union," she noted.

Warren also was a long-serving member of his workplace safety committee and was strongly committed to his village where he served on the volunteer fire department for a number of years.

The entire Unifor family sends out deepest condolences to Ronnie's family, including his wife Wendy and their two sons, Brandon and Bradley.

"We will do everything we can to contribute to the investigation," said Kent LeBel, president of Unifor local 5080. "As you can imagine, our union family is shocked and saddened. Ronnie was a good friend, a strong trade union brother, and dedicated family man who was so very proud of his two boys."

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers. It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.