Letter to the Ontario Minister of Labour‏

Hon. Kevin Flynn, Minister of Labour 400 University Ave. 14th Floor Toronto, ON M7A 1T7
February 22, 2016

Dear Mr. Flynn,
                           In 2005 the Ontario enacted Bill 211 crafted by your government.  It abolished mandatory retirement at age 65.  The premise for this was compliance with the Ontario Human Rights Code.   In doing so your government exempted the WSIB from the application of this legislation.  Due to this the WSIB was able to continue to deny loss of earnings benefits to workers 65 years of age or older.  I believe this is clearly discriminatory.
       I am especially concerned about this because the number of workers employed in our workplaces who are 65 years of age or older is growing. They are at least as likely to get injured on the job or be afflicted with an occupational disease but are legally denied the same WSIB benefits as workers under the age of 65.  I believe this can`t be justified and I wish to know your thoughts on this matter.
       In the meantime I am encouraging workers 65 years of age or older who are denied WSIB loss of earnings benefits due to their age to appeal their denial  I intend to pursue their appeals to the WSIAT citing the Ontario Human Rights Code in support of them.

Yours Sincerely,

Bruce Allen
President, Unifor Local 199

BroadBand Celebrates Women in Music for the 24th time!

On  March 8th the world celebrates  International Women's Day.
In St. Catharines we hold a wonderful annual celebration performed by the BroadBand band.
Sunday, March 6, 2016
5-8 pm
Black Sea Hall, 455 Welland Avenue
St. Catharines
$ 20.00 advance (purchase at the Peanut Mill and Ryson's Music)
$25.00 at door or pay what you can.
Food by Chef Greg Willis
Cash bar


Concerned about the Liberal’s government decision to privatize Ontario hydro without public consultation, debate, accountability or transparency? Wondering how will this decision impact you, local businesses, industries, municipal and regional governments?

If so….join us Monday, February 8, 2016 at 6:30 pm 

Niagara Regional Labour Council Office
1 Ormond St. South, Thorold, side entrance stair well, downstairs.

Office is located downstairs: please use south side entrance.

Please RSVP : nrlc.clc@gmail.com or call Sue 905-932-1646

Or drop in!