June 1st 2020 is the 37th annual Injured Workers Day. Because of COVID-19, it is the first time since 1983 that we could not be together in person celebrate our collective power. Instead we must come together online.
Today, the Ontario Network of Injured Workers’ Groups (ONIWG) are asking you to join us in demanding that Ontario Government and and the WSIB to #ProtectUs. While the province insists that it is working to get things to get back to normal, we need your help to say that “normal” is not good enough. For those in Ontario who have been (and who will be) made sick or injured at work, we must do better.
Our 37th annual rally will be happening at 11am today on CrowdCast and Youtube. Whether you can join us or not, we need your help to spread our #ProtectUs campaign social media campaign by posting your photos to Twitter and Facebook. Instructions are below.
- Print out our #ProtectUs sign and take a photo with it. If you don’t have a printer, take a photo in front of a different screen (such as a tablet or your computer monitor) showing the poster. You can even write #ProtectUs on piece of paper and use that. For printing or screen-use, you can click here to Download image or Download PDF.
- Post photo to social media on June 1st – make sure to include the hashtag #ProtectUs. If you’re using twitter, make sure to tag the Premier, WSIB, and Minister of Labour by tagging @fordnation @wsib @wsibpresident & @MonteMcNaughton.
- If you don’t have social media, email us your photo at email@example.com and we will post it for you.
Here are some sample social media posts you can add to your photo, but please feel free to change them to better suit your own voice.
- Today is the 37th Injured Workers Day. Workers MUST be protected on the job. Workers sick from COVID-19 must be covered under workers comp – no more delays.#workerscompisaright #ProtectUs @fordnation @wsib @wsibpresident & @MonteMcNaughton
- As the province begins to open up, we need those in power to know: we don’t want to go back to normal. Injured workers know that ‘normal’ has never been safe. #ProtectUs @fordnation @wsib @wsibpresident & @MonteMcNaughton
- As an ally to injured workers, I’ve learned a lot from them about how our health & safety and workers compensation systems cause real damage to individuals, families and public health. When will @wsib and @FordNationDougFord finally learn this too? #protectus
- Coronavirus has meant that workers’ safety and public health are in the news more. These are not new issues – but there is no time like the present to secure a safer and more just future. #protectus @OntarioNetworkIWG