Injured workers demonstrate in 7 cities, deliver open letter to WSIB and Parliamentarians to demand better healthcare from WSIB
On June 10, 2016, injured workers and their supporters are holding a province-wide Day of Action to deliver an open letter endorsed by over 140 organizations and individuals, as well as thousands of postcards signed by supporters, calling for changes at WSIB. The main demands are that the WSIB listen to injured workers’ doctors, approve the treatments their doctors recommend and better protect vulnerable workers, like injured migrant workers and workers with mental health issues.
Injured workers take on a 600 km bike ride to draw attention to the dismantling of the workers’ compensation system! The ride will take them from Ottawa to Toronto – finish line will be Queen’s Park on June 1st for the Injured Workers’ Day rally and march.
Despite widespread opposition, I. David Marshall has been re-appointed for 2 years and is in line to receive a bonus while injured workers’ benefits are being cut in real terms by the meagre cost of living adjustments they will receive.
Annual demo will highlight all that’s toxic at the Board – and why injured workers shouldn’t pay the price for WSIB austerity measures
72-year-old injured worker Jimmy Velgakis begins a second hunger strike outside the WSIB offices to get a fair decision based on the merits and justice of his case (for a back injury). Despite promises made at the time of his 2011 hunger strike, he is still waiting for a hearing.
Rally to protest government attempts – by cutting injured workers’ benefits – to solve solve years of underfunding the workers’ compensation system.
FOI request reveals Board President is to receive, in addition to $400,000 annual salary, a bonus of up to $400,000 (payable at
the end of five years) for achieving certain financial goals and objectives.
Health and safety rebate and surcharge incentive system harms injured workers, international experts agree
At international symposium held at the University of Toronto, ONWIG members heard experts affirm that abuse of injured workers is common within experience rating systems – and that these systems have little or no effect on improving workplace health and safety.
Law Commission reports workers’ compensation age limits undermine the worth and dignity of older adults
Report notes The Workplace Safety and Insurance Act was amended to protect the age distinctions from discrimination complaints under the Ontario Human Rights Code; discusses two provisions terminating benefits for older workers.
Response to the appointment of Elizabeth Witmer, former Minister of Labour under the Harris Government, whose reforms (including the draconian Bill 99) introduced private insurance practices into Ontario’s workers’ compensation and saw a resulting rise in poverty levels among injured workers