Health & Safety

Canada’s unions celebrate federal asbestos ban

The Canadian Labour Congress is celebrating today’s announcement that the federal government is banning the manufacture, import, export and use of asbestos.

“We can all breathe easier,” said CLC president Hassan Yussuff. “This is good public health policy that will, without question, save lives for generations to come.” Read more »

Enhancing 'Sun Safety' for Outdoor Workplaces

New 'Sun Safety at Work' Resources available from the Occupational Cancer Research Centre

More needs to be done to make workplaces safer for people who work outside. Read more »

Trudeau commitment to introduce asbestos ban a positive sign

This week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a meeting of Canada’s Building Trade Unions that the government of Canada is working on an asbestos ban.

Canada’s last asbestos producing mine closed in 2012, yet Canada’s imports of asbestos have continued to rise. Read more »

Major Safety Victory for Transit Union

The Amalgamated Transit Union has long advocated for better protection from violence for bus drivers, who have experienced high rates of victimization for years while working alone on buses. Media reports confirm that the City of Winnipeg will move forward with a plan to have police officers on buses to better protect drivers and passengers.

CBC News Post: Feb 01, 2016 3:02 PM Read more »

Landmark Westray Ruling Gives Jail Time to Supervisor for Health & Safety Negligence

Canadian Labour Congress NEWS RELEASE:

Canada’s health and safety laws have more clout today, following a landmark court ruling in Ontario that saw, for the first time, a manager held criminally responsible and sentenced to prison for actions that resulted in the deaths of four workers under his watch. Read more »

All workers eligible for presumptive PTSD coverage January 1

The MFL commends the provincial government on today's announcement that presumptive PTSD coverage will take effect for all workers starting on new year's day:

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Workplace Protection for Victims of Domestic Violence

MFL President Kevin Rebeck was elated that the NDP Government of Manitoba included a commitment to enact paid workplace leave provisions for victims of domestic violence in the Speech from the Throne. Read more »

Medical Claim Suppression - A fact of Life at WCB Manitoba

Organized Labour has been fighting against the suppression of legitimate WCB claims by employers for year's now, with incremental success. Read more »

Nearly $100 Thousand in Penalties Levied Against the Owner of RAE Construction In Worker's Death

23 year old apprentice carpenter Michael Mooney was killed when the Victoria Beach cottage RAE Construction was working on collapsed on him on June 20, 2011. Now, more than two years later, the owner of RAE Construction, 54 year old Ray Harms, has pleaded guilty to failing to ensure the safety, health and welfare of workers under the Workplace Safety and Health Act. Read more »

New Road Worker Safety Regulations Announced

Today the Province announced new and better protections for highway construction workers, including stiffer fines for drivers who speed in a construction zone and the elimination of confusing signage that instructed drivers to slow down “when workers are present”. Read more »

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