Activists mark the 30th anniversary of Injured Workers Day

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June 3, 2013

On Saturday, June 1, activists including staff and members from Locals 175 & 633,jun03:13-2 gathered at Queen’s Park to rally on behalf of Injured Workers and the 30 years of struggle that workers have faced since the event first began. A number of other guests spoke to the crowd including some injured workers, OFL President Sid Ryan and Minister of Labour Yasir Naqvi. [click here for more photos]Local 175 Benefits Rep Sherree Backus inspired the crowd to cheers and applause: “We have to continue to struggle. We have to continue to have our voices heard. I know the frustration of coming here year after year… and it seems to have gotten worse. But I’ll tell you this: An attack on the most vulnerable in our society is an attack on all of us. And it diminishes us as a society. We need to be out here every year. We need to keep talking. We need to keep struggling. Please – continue the fight! Justice for Injured Workers!”
jun03:13A number of participants, including Sherree, presented Naqvi with hundreds of postcards with pennies attached, signed by Injured Workers that read: Take My Last Penny! My workplace injury & the WSIB already took everything else.
The latest year for which the Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) has complete statistics is 2011. Those stats show that in 2011, the Board allowed claims for 71 workers who died as a result of a workplace accident. There were 179,798 workplace injuries registered on file and 16,651 workplace illness claims.
But – One is too many.
REMEMBER: If you are injured on the job, you must inform your supervisor AND your Steward immediately. Ensure you get immediate OUTSIDE medical treatment (i.e. not just the ‘company doctor’) and tell the doctor that your injury is work-related. If you are suffering from an onset of pain or illness that you believe to be work-related, the same applies. Be sure to inform your Steward, your doctor, and your employer. There are forms that must be filled out in all work-related injury/illness claims. KEEP COPIES of all forms.
– You MUST file a claim within 6 months of the injury/onset of pain.
– You have the RIGHT under the law to report any workplace injury/accident. No one can tell you NOT to file a claim.
The Local Union’s Benefits Department is here to help you with the claims and appeals process at the WSIB. You can reach a Benefits Rep by calling 1-800-267-1977. Resources are also available here for download.