Help to stop the cuts to Workers’ Compensation and fight for justice for injured workers. Join a Rally in your community … check online for events happening in your community.
Here are some photos from the Queen’s Park rally organized by the Ontario Network of Injured Worker Groups (ONIWG), the OFL, and allies to demand justice for injured workers. Afterwards, the OFL and ONIWG co-hosted a compensation conference at the Toronto Steelworker Hall. Photos
Pictured here is Karl Crevar, the Past President of ONIWG, and current Treasurer for CIWA:
May 25, 2015 10:00 am
Injured worker activists Richard Hudon and Peter Page start out on their bike-a-thon from Ottawa to Toronto [download flyer], passing through the communities of Ingleside, Cornwall, Kingston, Oshawa, Port Hope, Ajax, Pickering to reach Queen’s Park, Toronto for the annual June 1st Injured Workers’ Day rally. If you wish to sponsor Richard and Peter or donate to the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups, please mail your support to ONIWG (R.R.1 Kaministiquia, Ontario, P0T 1X0) or download this pledge form.
Joignez-vous à Richard Hudon et Peter Page comme participants à ce premier [voir la brochure]. Cette randonnée en vélo quittera Ottawa pour se rendre à Toronto lors du grand rassemblement des accidentés de travail, le premier juin. Les accidentés de travail se font voir et entendre par les communautées impliquées : Ottawa, Ingleside, Cornwall, Kingston, Oshawa, Port Hope, Ajax, Pickering, Toronto. Si vous voulez considérer faire un don au Regroupement ontarien des Groupes d’accidentés du travail, aider en parrainant Richard et Peter ainsi de couvrir les coûts associés au Cycleton ou participer au cycleton, ils vous prient de les contacter – Peter Page, courriel firstname.lastname@example.org, Richard R. Hudon, courriel email@example.com
Start: 25 May 2015 10:00 am
End: 1 June 2015 11:00 am
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June 1 is Injured Workers Day. And for the first time in many years, anti-poverty activists see some hope with the passage of Ontario’s Poverty Reduction Act earlier this month. What do these two statements have to do with one another? Injured workers are an often overlooked, but vital part of the picture of poverty in Ontario.
II Background – Injured Workers Day
Injured Workers Day commemorates June 1, 1984 when over 3,000 injured workers and their families attended a government committee that was looking at replacing lifetime workers’ compensation pensions for those partially or permanently injured with a lump-sum payment for pain and suffering and a wage-loss system of payment. Outraged injured workers convinced the committee to shift their meeting from the committee room to the lawn at Queen’s Park for the first time in the history of the legislature. Equally important, the changes opposed by injured workers did not make their way into the legislation (though similar changes have been implemented since that time.) Injured workers, their families, and advocates have gathered on the lawn of the legislature every June 1 since. 
This year’s rally will focus on poverty among injured workers and the need for the community to do its own research. Just as anti-poverty activists are struggling to undo the damage done to social assistance during the Conservative government in the nineties, so injured workers are fighting to restore workers’ compensation as a viable income security system.
To see more of this report submitted by Bonita Heath, health promoter and PhD student in the Critical Disability Studies Program at York University, and Steve Mantis, an injured worker who has been active in law reform and social change in occupational health and safety and workers compensation for 30 years, visit: Ontario Health Promotion e-Bulletin
The Canadian Labour Congress Statement for the 2015 National Day of Mourning. To see the statement, click CLC-CTC
To see the Official Act for the Day of Mourning, visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety
Search for information about events happening where you live and get involved!
Examples of Events:
BC: BC Federaation of Labour
AB: Alberta Construction Safety Association
ON: Injured Workers Online, Unifor
ON: Here’s a more complete list of: Ontario events
2015 Videos of Events:
Ottawa, ON: Parc Vincent, Massey Park
Nova Scotia: Port Hawkesbury
Vancouver, BC: Jack Poole Plaza
Ontario: WSIB video
Manitoba: Manitoba Legislature
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