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Occupational Disability Response Team (ODRT) Courses Across Ontario Fall 2014

posted on August 7, 2014

“Union Penalized in Accommodation Case”  - Is your organization at risk of being named in this headline? Unions are being held liable in return to work cases when they are the barrier to an accommodation. In a failure to accommodate, a lack of understanding of legal responsibilities is not an acceptable defence. The Occupational Disability [...]

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RELEASE: Sudbury tragedy: 2 miners killed. Government must act now!

posted on May 6, 2014

TWO MORE WORKERS KILLED IN SUDBURY TODAY OFL CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE ACTION TO END FATALITIES (TORONTO) -This morning’s death of two men at First Nickel Inc.’s Lockerby Mine near Sudbury has stunned the labour movement and spurred new demands for meaningful action. The deaths are reported by the company to be attributable to  “a fall [...]

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OP ED: Hamilton Spectator Day of Mourning

posted on April 28, 2014

Read OFL President Sid Ryan’s Op Ed in today’s Hamilton Spectator on the Day of Mourning http://www.thespec.com/opinion-story/4486898-mourning-thousands-of-worker-s-deaths/  

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FACT SHEET: Why We Need a Day of Mourning: April 28, 2014

posted on April 25, 2014

Since the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Act came into effect in October 1979, the following deaths and injuries have occurred in Ontario workplaces according to the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (previously the Workers’ Compensation Board). See PDF below for table of statistics These fatality figures still do not reflect the true toll taken [...]

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STATEMENT: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job. Mourn for the Dead and Fight for the Living

posted on April 25, 2014

This Monday, April 28, is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job will gather at ceremonies across Ontario to pay tribute to fallen workers and to renew our call to “Fight for the Living.” In the last 25 days alone, as we [...]

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RELEASE: April 28, 2014 National Day of Mourning for workers killed or injured on the job

posted on April 25, 2014

(TORONTO) – Today’s release by the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) of the latest statistics on workplace death, injuries and illnesses is fuelling new demands for progress and change. Officially, the death toll now stands at 10,384 since 1979 when Ontario’s Occupational Health and Safety Act began reporting. But the official numbers bear little [...]

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OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014

posted on February 27, 2014

Ergonomic Regulations are Needed to Prevent Repetitive Strain Injuries. OFL Statement: International RSI Awareness Day 2014 On Feb 28, we mark the 15th Annual International RSI Awareness Day. This day was created by injured workers and labour activists to bring awareness and action to the growing epidemic of repetitive strain injuries (RSIs) or musculoskeletal disorders [...]

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Postmedia News interviews Nancy Hutchison on workplace inquests

posted on January 24, 2014

Postmedia News produced a great 6-part series on public inquests. Part 5 features OFL Secretary-Treasurer Nancy Hutchison, who said that “History keeps repeating itself.” On the day she testified at the inquest into Justin Rogers’s death, she got an alert on her BlackBerry that two more mining workers had died in a “run of muck” [...]

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OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail

posted on November 22, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 22, 2013 OFL Says Conviction of Roofing Company CEO Sends Message to Bosses: If You Kill a Worker, You’ll Go to Jail (TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Sid Ryan applauded yesterday’s Ontario Court conviction of roofing company owner, Paul Markewycz, for a 2011 workplace tragedy that [...]

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Remembering Linda Ann Jolley – 1945 to 2013

posted on October 3, 2013

Obituary: Linda Ann Jolley Quietly, in her 68th year, Linda passed away at home, on September 24, 2013. Predeceased by her husband, Doug Felice, she is survived by her nephew Malcolm, her sister-in-law Jennifer, and her step-sons Craig and Christopher (Nakiea) and Christopher’s children Kiara and Cruz. Linda lived a life of passionate advocacy for [...]

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Conference on Workers’ Compensation – Oct. 31 to Nov. 2, 2013

posted on September 23, 2013

No “Half Measures” is an international conference on workers’ compensation 100 years after Sir William Meredith presented his options for reform that would remove injustice for injured workers. “…Half measures which mitigate but do not remove injustice are, in my judgment, to be avoided. It would be the gravest mistake if questions were to be [...]

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OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars

posted on September 19, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 19, 2013 OFL Says Justice Is Not Served Until Vale Executives Are Behind Bars (TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) blasted the criminal justice system for failing to bring criminal charges against Vale Canada Limited and its executives for the 2011 deaths of two miners in Vale’s Stobie Mine [...]

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OFL Letter to Federal Transit Minister: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities

posted on September 19, 2013

September 19, 2013 Hon. Lisa Raitt Minister of Transport House of Commons Ottawa, ON  K1A 0A6 Dear Minister Raitt: Subject: Urgent Legislative Action to Stop Fatigue Fatalities On behalf of over one million unionized workers in Ontario, I am writing to urge you to respond to a recent open letter from Amalgamated Transit Union Local [...]

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ATU 1624 Campaign Aims to Put Fatigue Fatalities in Government Headlights

posted on September 18, 2013

After years of working diligently to boost public awareness about the tragic issue of driver fatigue, Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU) Local 1624 has launched a campaign to call on the Federal Ministry of Transportation to legislate safer rules to regulate the hours of service of motor coach drivers. The Canadian Council of Motor Transport Administrators [...]

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