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ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities

posted on November 21, 2014

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 21, 2014 ADVISORY: OFL to Release Damning Report on WSIB Premium Rebates for Employers Convicted for Workplace Fatalities (TORONTO, ON) ─ On Monday, November 24, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) will be releasing a damning report about the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), demonstrating that Ontario’s workplace compensation system [...]

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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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