Beyond the rights of workers as individuals, is there a collective right to refuse work? Could the union legally initiate a full-scale work stoppage, involving all of its members at the workplace, in order to compel the employer to make changes necessary to protect the employees’ health? Read more.
The union representing some frontline hospital workers at Hamilton Health Sciences is upset after a staff member who was in isolation for weeks with COVID-19, but is now asymptomatic, returned to work despite still having a positive test result. Read more.
On April 24, Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science, and Economic Development, announced that the federal government had contracted General Motors to manufacture masks at their almost-empty Oshawa plant in Ontario. Read more.
The proposal in a memo from the Ministry of Children, Community and Social Services that workers in congregate care settings use cloth masks instead of necessary personal protective equipment (PPE) violates the Occupational Health and Safety Act, says the Ontario Federation of Labour. Read more.
As Canadian jurisdictions begin to open sectors of their economy, it is important that working people have the protections they need to be able to do their jobs safely and get home to their loved ones at the end of every day without being injured, made ill or killed as a result of their work. […]