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Sep
26

WSIB Cuts to Employer Premiums Spells More Bad News for Injured Workers in Ontario, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) announced today at its annual general meeting in Toronto, that it has eliminated its unfunded liability ahead of schedule and is introducing an across-the-board average premium reduction to employers of 29.8%. News of the rate reduction for employers comes after the WSIB has already cut…

Mar
15

Support for Workers’ Comp is a Right Campaign

Download the letter from Chris Buckley here. Download the OFL’s Workers’ Compensation Lobby Kit here. Download the Package for Allies here.  At the OFL convention in November, delegates voted unanimously to endorse the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) Workers’ Comp is a Right campaign. It’s a province-wide campaign, with participating injured worker groups…

Jan
31

OFL Statement: Ontario Court of Appeal decision – Metron Construction

(TORONTO, ON) ─ Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley commended yesterday’s appeal decision for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson, calling it a confirmation of a historic decision that sends a strong message to every employer in the province. In January of 2016, Ontario Court Judge, the Honourable Ian MacDonnell, sentenced Kazenelson to…

Oct
6

It’s time for the WSIB to treat workers suffering from mental stress fairly, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – As Canadians continue to recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is deeply disappointed by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board’s (WSIB) policy decision to use “predominate cause” for mental stress claims rather than the “significant contribution” test. “This decision appears to be in direct contravention of the…

Sep
6

Ontario justice system failed the victims of the deadly Radiohead stage collapse, says OFL

(TORONTO, ON) – The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is raising serious concerns over the staying of charges in the deadly stage collapse at the Downsview Radiohead concert. “We are shocked and saddened with the decision to stay the charges,” said Chris Buckley, President of the Ontario Federation of Labour. “Our judicial system failed the…

Jun
2

OFL Letter to Ministers – Consultation on the Proposed Regulatory Approach to Asbestos

June 2, 2017 The Honourable Jane Philpott Minister of Health Health Canada The Honourable Catherine McKenna Minister of Environment and Climate Change Environment and Climate Change Canada The Honourable Kirsty Duncan Minister of Science Innovation, Science and Economic Development Canada The Honourable Judy Foote Minister of Public Services and Procurement Public Services and Procurement Canada…

Apr
28

OFL Statement on the 2017 Day of Mourning

On April 28, thousands of workers, friends and families of those killed and injured on the job are gathering at ceremonies across Ontario to commemorate the labour movement’s most solemn occasion, the annual Day of Mourning. They are hearing speakers repeat our motto: “Mourn for the Dead, Fight for the Living” On this day, we…

May
11

Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, May 11, 2016 Brampton Fatalities Serve as Chilling Reminder that No Workplace Tragedy is an “Accident” Until Employer Negligence is Ruled Out (BRAMPTON, ON) ─ Two workplace fatalities at separate sites in Brampton put a pall on workers and family members across Ontario. The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is calling…

Apr
26

OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016

OFL STATEMENT April 26, 2016 Workplace Safety Must be Canada’s Bottom Line OFL Statement on National Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job – April 28, 2016 Thursday, April 28 is the labour movement’s most solemn day. Thousands of workers, friends and families of fallen workers will gather at ceremonies across…

Jan
29

OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JANUARY 29, 2016 OFL, Injured Workers and Medical Professionals File Official Request for Ombuds Ontario Investigation into the WSIB (TORONTO, ON) ─ Following up on a bombshell report released last November, the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) and the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) filed a formal complaint with Ontario…

Jan
11

Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 11, 2016 OFL: Historic Jail Sentence Sends Strong Message to Ontario Employers (TORONTO, ON) ─ The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) President Chris Buckley called today’s jail sentence for Metron Construction Project Manager Vadim Kazenelson a historic decision that will send a strong message to every employer in the province. Ontario…

Jan
8

ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE January 8, 2016  ADVISORY: OFL Anticipates Historic Jail Sentence in Metron Construction Tragedy (Toronto) — The Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL) is bracing itself for a historic verdict at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 11, 2016, when the sentence will be announced for a Metron Construction Project Manager. Vadim Kazenelson is facing…