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“New evidence suggests lingering pandemic-related tension and ongoing staffing shortages are fuelling physical violence, sexual assaults and racially motivated attacks against the province’s predominantly female health-care workforce, union leaders say.” Article: ‘Alarming’ increase in assaults against health-care workers: CUPE Author: Chris Montanini Date: July 28, 2022

“The reasons why construction workers in particular are vulnerable to dying of opioid-related causes are complex, Gomes said. One aspect is construction work can be inconsistent — a worker may have a lot of work in one month and be pulling double shifts, only to see that dry up a few weeks later. … On […]

“Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is intended to mitigate these effects, yet the WSIB process can be difficult. Supports for injured workers can be fragmented and scarce, especially in underserved areas. We describe the experiences and mental health needs of injured and ill Northwestern Ontario workers in the WSIB process, in order to […]

“In April, Minister of Labour Monte McNaughton announced that the government directed the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) to explore the possibility of increasing wage loss benefits to up to 90 per cent. Currently, most injured workers receive 85 per cent of their net lost wages if they are injured on the job and […]

“An ‘exodus’ of staff from hospitals will worsen unless the Ontario government tackles a growing problem of violence and attacks against their mostly female workers, the Canadian Union of Public Employees says. ‘The pandemic has brought about a further erosion in our working conditions,’ Sharon Richer of CUPE told a news conference Tuesday, citing concerns […]

“The Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Group (ONIWG) has demanded the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) stop giving ‘unprecedented financial handouts.’” Article: Advocacy group demands WSIB stop ‘financial handouts’ to employers Author: Maia Foulis Date: June 20, 2022

“An investigation is underway by the Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW).Since 2020, 200 diagnoses have been claimed, and to date, 10 claims by the estates of deceased workers have been recognized by the WSIB. Diagnoses included asbestosis, silicosis, COPD, mesothelioma, laryngeal cancer, lung cancer and prostate cancer, with a few of the workers having […]

“‘I think what we’re caring about is Jaleel and his family. But in the back of it are all the guys who don’t know Canadians, who have not been advocated (for), who’ve been sent home and have died quietly, painfully,’ Godwin said. ‘It feels like when we represent this we’re hoping for justice for him. […]

“For Butler, a big challenge has been the battle for his PTSD to be recognized and compensated by Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB), after the board dismissed his initial claim in October 2019. The board, Butler said, ruled the traumatic stress he experienced was tied to a disagreement with a colleague after he […]

“Already living below the poverty line and raising a 17-month old on her own, Cairns-Desbiens is caught between a rule of Revenue Canada and a common practice of WSIB. She’s been on WSIB for 13 years and last year, a tribunal ruled the insurance board owed her a large lump-sum payment to make up for […]