Workers (Injured) Week Which Was

Talking to Young Workers

Steve Mantis, ONIWG and TBDIWSG Board member and Greg Snider, President of TBDIWSG, were invited to talk about workplace health and Safety to Kristine Hilden’s Grade 10 class.  The class watched a short film titled “Cover me WSIB”, shared experience they have had with workplace injuries, Talked about a person’s rights in the workplace  and finished by acting out role plays designed to help the students with the difficult conversations they may need to have at work.

Articles published this week

Emergency Service personal want Bill 2 passed and Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome recognized.  Click below for more information.

http://injuredworkersonline.org/its-time-to-act-on-mental-health

A petition has been started in Alberta to lobby the new NDP government to have their WCB accept assessments from doctors who are not employed by WCB and to stop Alberta’s WCB from deducting CPP-D from Injured Workers cheques.  Link to both survey and a related article are below.

https://www.change.org/p/legislative-assembly-of-alberta-pass-legislation-for-wcb-that-will-allow-assessments-from-doctors-who-are-not-employed-by-the-wcb-and-introduce-legislation-that-will-change-current-aish-policies-that-consider-cpp-d-as-non-exemptible-pension?utm_source=guides&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=petition_created

Winsor Star Article – Injured worker barred from posting comments about WSIB manager.  To see article click below.

http://blogs.windsorstar.com/news/dont-say-my-name-injured-worker-barred-from-posting-comments-about-wsib-manager

Injured workers calling for public inquiry into WorkSafeNB.  Maybe this is the way to go here?  To read more click on link below

http://www.ohscanada.com/health-safety/injured-workers-calling-for-public-inquiry-into-worksafenb/1002165274/

FACT OF THE WEEK

In 2013 78 employers were rebated 15,000,000.00 by WSIB in the same year a worker was killed or maimed while working for the same employer.

Information is from the Ontario Federations 2014 Report “Rewarding Offenders”.  In order to compile this information the OFL had to use data it could only obtain from WSIB through the Freedom of Information Act.  Why is WSIB hiding information from Injured Workers and those that which to support them?

COMING EVENTS

Thursday, May 14th

Bancroft Institute for Studies on Workers Compensation and Workplace Injury – Policy and Research Discussion Series #4

How Characteristics’ of Workers Compensation Systems affect Doctors?  Comparing Quebec to Ontario.

10:00am to 12:30 pm at the Lakehead Labour Centre

Tuesday, March 19th

New Directions Speakers School Graduation

The New Direction Speakers School was started by the Thunder Bay and District Injured Workers Support Group to help Injured Workers to tell their stories and advocate for change.  Although the school has grown in both participation and scope the TBDIWSG continue to be active partners. Please come out and hear some wonderful speeches about real life.

5:30 pm meal 6:30 speaches, at Thunder Bay City Hall, 500 Donald St. E.

Thursday, May 21st

Marion Endicott, a Lawyer with Injured Workers Consultants Community Law Office talks Workers Compensation in Ontario

A Public Meeting for Injured Workers, their supports and family, but all are invited.

7:00 pm at the Lakehead Labour Centre

Saturday, May 23rd,

Spring Time 2 Fundraising Concert

A Fundraiser for the New Directions Speakers School.  It puts the word Fun back in Fundraiser.

7:00 pm at the Finlandia Club, 314 Bay Street, upstairs

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