I am recommitting myself to try and keep this going. I have struggled with time and other commitments but have decide to set this up like a work day. Please hang with me. If you have something I should include in my weekly updates please send them to me with the subject title “For IW website”.
Tuesday’s Time Out
Take some time out and come out to our office at 1201 Alloy Drive from 11 am to 1pm. Time to have fun, learn and vent your frustrations with WSIB. (Management reserves the right to limit swearing. Furniture kicking and tossing must be pre-approved.)
This Tuesday, December 3rd, Eugene Lefrancois will be facilitating a “Paint Your Pain” session.
Next week December 10th, we welcome Debra Shaft, a Psychiatrist, who has provided free counseling to WSIB Clients.
Annual General Meeting
Our Annual General Meeting is scheduled for December 9th at 326 Memorial Avenue. The OPSEU Building located between Merle Mae’s and Tim Hortons. There is a Memorial bus stop right in front of the building. The doors will open at 6:30pm. Everyone is welcome. There will be snack and drinks.
Awards Dinner Fundraiser
In an effort to fill our coffers and express a thank you to our Labour supporters we will be holding our first Labour Awards Dinner. We have chosen, February 28th or Reputative Strain Injury Day, for this important event.
We have, to date, three groups presenting Awards; ourselves, the Workers Health and Safety Centre and the Thunder Bay and District Labour Council. We have a fourth presenter in the works with hopefully more to come.
Tickets are $40.00 and will be available December 15th. The perfect Christmas present for the union member in your house.
A Disability Strategy
The Centre for Work Disability Research Policy has been working on developing a strategy for the past two years with funding from the Federal Liberal Government.
In the past, Disability Groups have seldom focussed on work issues (due to employer biases and high unemployment rates for persons with Disabilities) but now more groups are looking at work and disability. The focus is on helping employers to employ people with disabilities and to help support them in their workplace.
Our own Steve Mantis is heading to Ottawa to provide assistance to this worthy project. We know Steve will provide an important input to the final outcome. As always, thank you for your time and commitment Steve.
Fordley’s Believe it or Not
November 18, 2019, Ontario House of Commons. Excerpt from Hansard Transcript:
Jane McKenna: Yes, I would, Speaker. The bill I am introducing today proclaims April 28 in each year Health and Safety at Work Day. In doing so, we’ll be bringing Ontario in line with World Day for Safety and Health at Work, established by the International Labour Organization, an agency of the United Nations, established in 1919.
Yes folks that was Ford Government’s Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Labour. Don’t worry It isn’t their intent to replace the International Day of Mourning. In fact, at second reading the day has been moved to Health and Wellness week in May. It appears to me that an injured worker walked into her office and complained about how little was being done on April 28th – the International day of Mourning – and since it would cost the government no money or time (time – like investigating facts before writing a bill), they wrote a bill. It was that or push her minister to do something meaningful.