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WSIB workers endorse strike action

Don Wall
WSIB workers endorse strike action

Ontario Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) workers have voted 95.5 per cent in favour of strike action, putting the members of Ontario Compensation Employees Union/Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1750 on a path to a possible March 29 strike deadline.

Both sides, however, say they remain committed to bargaining towards a contract.

The OCEU/CUPE 1750 represents 3,400 WSIB employees. The union said major issues to be resolved are compensation, workload and resolution of grievances. The voting outcome was announced March 1.

OCEU president Harry Goslin said if strike action is necessary, the union will provide the employer with 72 hours’ notice, with March 29 the most likely strike deadline. Goslin said members are prepared to undertake a work-to-rule campaign with a strike as a last resort.

“Both parties continue to negotiate, and we remain hopeful a tentative agreement can be reached in the coming days,” said Goslin in a statement. “We are committed to avoiding impacts to the injured workers we serve.

“Members have made it abundantly clear that they cannot accept a deal that does not address the serious systemic workload problems, solutions to resolve our historic 600-plus grievances, and fair compensation as permitted under provincial legislation.”

The WSIB issued a release stating, “The WSIB remains at the bargaining table with OCEU and is negotiating in good faith toward a reasonable and fair agreement.”

Goslin said member morale at WSIB has been a major concern, especially during the pandemic.

Either party can request a no-board report to initiate a countdown to a strike or lockout.

 

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Dave Image Dave

If only injured workers received the benefits these turkeys get for denying service … The service is shoddy @WSIB’s sinecure …

dave oakes Image dave oakes

If was in Ontario this disabled worker would be picketing WSIB employees your service is shoddy! Too much rhetoric with no sustenance… For a Government of Canada insurance company you sure have a lot of fraud and corruption… The WSIB’ s sinecure building is closed and not one overpaid employee has missed a paycheck

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