Look at what's outside the Civic Centre (6 photos)Thursday, October 03, 2013 by: Darren Taylor
A well-known local monument has a new home.
Pictured are Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council President Dave Pettalia, City of Sault Ste. Marie Commissioner of Public Works and Transportation Larry Girardi, Chief Administrative Officer Joe Fratesi, Sault Ste. Marie and District Labour Council Vice President and Ward Six City Councillor Joe Krmpotich and United Steelworkers of America Local 2251 President Mike DaPrat.
The group was on hand to see China Steel workers transfer the monument, which is dedicated to all labourers who have been killed or injured on the job, to the front of Sault Ste. Marie’s Civic Centre Thursday morning.
The monument was originally located outside the former Steelworkers Union Hall on Dennis Street, then outside the new Steelworkers Union Hall location at the corner of Albert and Blucher Streets before being transferred to the Civic Centre Thursday.
The monument was created by artist Maureen McKay and local steelworkers, and dedicated in the 1980s as the result of a collaborative effort between Local 2251, the former Algoma Steel Corporation and the Ontario Arts Council.
“We felt the monument belonged in a more visible place,” DaPrat told SooToday.com, adding that the monument’s former location will be replaced by an accessibility ramp leading to the Steelworkers Union Hall at Albert and Blucher Streets.
CAO Fratesi and Commissioner Girardi played a vital role in the monument’s relocation, Krmpotich said.
“It’s a beautiful place to relocate the monument. It’s a tribute to all labourers killed or injured in the workplace,” Krmpotich told us, adding a formal ceremony marking the monument’s relocation will be held later this month or early in November.