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day_of_mourningOn Friday April 27, we mourn the loss of 338 lives lost to accidents or occupational disease in Ontario in 2011.

York Region event – 11:00 am, Woodbridge Memorial Arena, Islington + Highway 7

Toronto event – 12:00 noon, Monument to Chinese Railway Workers

Check with your labour council for details in your community.

rubyThanks to the efforts of Local 1000A, injured worker Ruby Burtch will receive a substantial settlement from WSIB (Workplace Safety and Insurance Board) in compensation payments.

Ruby was permanently injured after following the instructions of her supervisor, who asked her to lift large boxes of dishes by herself from the skid to the top rung of the display case at a Toronto Loblaws. The boxes were too heavy to be lifted by one person.

anti_fatigue_matLocal 1000A is pleased to announce the union has won an arbitration permitting the use of anti-fatigue mats at u-scan podiums. The arbitrator found that the company’s removal of the anti-fatigue mat at the Great Food store in Vanier breached the Occupational Health and Safety Act and therefore, upheld the union’s policy grievance.

Local 1000A is proud to congratulate Executive Vice-President Pearl Sawyer for winning the 2010 OFL-ODRT (Occupational Disability Response Team) Workers’ Compensation and Disability Prevention Rights Award. Pearl is a tireless advocate and trailblazer in the world of workers’ compensation, helping improve life for workers injured on the job and/or those returning to work. Pearl is also an OFL Executive Board Vice-President and co-chair of the OFL Health and Safety and WCB Committees.