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Alberta Workers Need a Win Like Ontario

Another win for the Ontario Network of Injured Workers Groups at the Superior Court of Ontario.  Thanks to ARCH for their great work on this case!

https://www.lawtimesnews.com/practice-areas/corporate-commercial/privacy-rights-of-workers-with-disabilities-at-issue-in-commercial-dispute-over-alleged-negligence/355115


CLASS ACTION

CIWAA is working with all injured workers and families across the provinces. We share the message below (note: we did not write it) for you to join in solidarity in the common goal of justice for all workers.

This is a message for all Albertans who have been victims of their Workers Compensation system or WCB Alberta.   On Saturday April 25th we will be meeting for the final time before we file the National Class Action lawsuit against all the provincial WCB agencies on April 28th.    

We are looking for lead plaintiffs in each province so that we can file in the Supreme Court in every province so we can form a stronger class for the Class Action. It will be good for everyone to be on board with this as not only this will be in the eyes of the courts but the media as well.    

It is very important to get the word out to everyone so we can expose the fraud and corruption going on with the Workers Compensation Boards. It is necessary for many reasons for us to put an end to the human rights abuses against injured workers and to get justice and restitution for all disabled workers. I know it has been a difficult road for all injured workers and Alberta is no exception but if we all pull together in the same direction we have a better chance than dividing and conquering which the WCBoards are doing.  

Paul Taylor will be explaining the submission and if anyone has any questions feel free to ask orr contact Paul on his website  www.fightwcb.org

So on Sunday April 25th at 1 p.m. MST you can click on the link below and fill out the invite which will take a minute to email to your account and look forward to seeing everyone there.

https://mcmaster.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJIrc-2grjguGdPR2AuqwsRzBV4KwfT-Cehf


HONOURING THOSE FALLEN FROM COVID-19

March 11th was the one-year anniversary of the WHO’s pandemic declaration, and people from labour, seniors and health advocacy organizations gathered on the Alberta legislature grounds to recognize the impact of the pandemic on Albertans.

1,928 roses laid for each COVID-19 death in Alberta on the pandemic anniversary

The Alberta Federation of Labour joined the United Nurses of Alberta, Friends of Medicare, Public Interest Alberta, Alberta Arts Action and Seniors’ Action and Liaison Team on the one-year anniversary of the WHO’s pandemic declaration to commemorate all the lives that didn’t need to be lost, and in recognition of the work that is yet to be done.  Placed on the ground were nearly 2000 roses — one for each person we have lost, colour coded for the age of each person, gold, silver and white for seniors, purple for people in their 50s, yellow 40s, blue 30s and pink 20s to show how seniors have been impacted. 


MUST READ:

Insult to Injury: Critics say Alberta’s workers compensation system has become more about protecting employers than injured employees

New Alberta Law Makes Sweeping Changes to Occupational Health and Safety Act, Amends Workers’ Compensation Act

Demands 

  • No more deeming (and/or)
    • no more phantom jobs
    • stop pretending injured workers can get safe and appropriate jobs during a pandemic. 
  • A “presumptive clause” so that workers in at-risk sectors automatically get coverage when they get COVID-19
  • Universal coverage – so that all workers in Alberta  have access to workers comp when they are sick or injured
  • Listen to our doctors! Listen to science!
  • Safer conditions and better treatment for migrant workers.
  • Better healthcare for injured workers. 
  • Someone at WCB to return my calls when I have questions or concerns about my claim. 

Response to the WCB Review: To read the Canadian Injured Workers Association of Alberta Response to the Final Report of the Alberta Workers Compensation Board Review Panel, click here