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Every June 1, labour activists and injured workers mobilize in a show of solidarity on the lawn of Queen’s Park to send a clear message to the government: “Worker’s compensation is a right!” In 2019, with the government’s reckless decision to slash 13.5 per cent, or $16 million, from the budget of the Ministry of...

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Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of OPSEU, sent the following letter to Premier Kathleen Wynne regarding new policies that the WSIB has adopted on chronic mental stress and traumatic mental stress. November 2, 2017 The Honourable Kathleen Wynne Premier of Ontario Room 281, Legislative Building Queen’s Park, Toronto ON  M7A 1A1 Re: New WSIB policies on...

Collage of Janice Martell looking down, her father, and a mine structure with the caption: "Fight for me when my breath is gone - April 28, National Day of Mourning

Former OPSEU Local 604 member-activist Janice Martell has spent years fighting for justice for miners whose health has been harmed by exposure to aluminum-based McIntyre powder. The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board has now reversed a policy that prevented workers from seeking compensation for neurological diseases they may have acquired by inhaling the powder. To...

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