CALGARY (660 NEWS) – The United Meals and Business Employees Worldwide Union (UFCW) has launched new info on the second COVID-19 worker loss of life on the Cargill plant in Excessive River.
In a launch, the UFCW regrettably introduced the passing of Benito Quesada, 51.
“It is very important acknowledge that behind the statistics are hardworking individuals who have sought to make a residing and help their households in Alberta’s meatpacking trade,” stated UFCW Native 401 President, Thomas Hesse within the launch.
“Our members carry meals to the tables of Canadians, however additionally they have lives outdoors the plant and family members who are actually grieving their loss. We be a part of them in that grief.”
The discharge said the Quesada started work within the plant in October, 2007 and was a union store steward.
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He labored laborious to signify the union for all these employed by the corporate.
“Benito was a quiet, mild, and humble man who got here to Canada from Mexico to work on the Cargill plant in Excessive River,” stated UFCW spokesperson, Michael Hughes within the launch.
“I had the pleasure of assembly Benito for the primary time at a store steward’s coaching course in 2016. We had many conversations since then, and he all the time advised me how proud he was for having been in a position to carry his household to Canada.”
The assertion stated Quesada was conscious of the COVID-19 dangers and was cautious.
“In mid-April, we discovered that Benito had contracted COVID-19 and was quickly in intensive care,” stated Hesse.
“We imagine he was in a medically-induced coma on a ventilator for a substantial time period.
What he and his household will need to have confronted over the previous a number of weeks is unimaginable.
We’re working to supply no matter help we will to the household of our brother, Benito. Our complete union grieves this horrible loss.”