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Safety Concerns Over Crane Subject of Story

Below is a link to a story that appeared recently in The Toronto Star, regarding a derrick crane at the top of the distinctive L Tower condo building in downtown Toronto. Click here to read the story. Click here for a checklist from the Ministry of Labour that outlines the proper procedures that must be […]

Below is a link to a story that appeared recently in The Toronto Star, regarding a derrick crane at the top of the distinctive L Tower condo building in downtown Toronto.

Click here to read the story.

Click here for a checklist from the Ministry of Labour that outlines the proper procedures that must be followed when refusing to work due to unsafe working conditions.

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Local 793 Participates in Santa Parade

Local 793 had a float in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 21. The float was called The OE Express. The float tied for third place in the Best Commercial Float category. Thousands of people lined the streets in Oakville to watch the parade. Below are some photos from the event.

Local 793 had a float in the Oakville Santa Claus Parade on Nov. 21. The float was called The OE Express. The float tied for third place in the Best Commercial Float category. Thousands of people lined the streets in Oakville to watch the parade. Below are some photos from the event.Parade-9

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Scholarship Winners Announced

Local 793 has announced winners of the 2015 Jack Redshaw Scholarship awards. The winners are: Caleb Barber Mario El Kassis Lauren Flanagan Breeann Gallagher Sarah Ann Kowalchuk Rachel Ann Krisko Liam Lew Alexander Melo Sardar Ahmar Wasif Morgan White Each winner received $4,000. There were 30 applicants this year. The scholarship is named in honour […]

Local 793 has announced winners of the 2015 Jack Redshaw Scholarship awards.

The winners are:

Caleb Barber
Mario El Kassis
Lauren Flanagan
Breeann Gallagher
Sarah Ann Kowalchuk
Rachel Ann Krisko
Liam Lew
Alexander Melo
Sardar Ahmar Wasif
Morgan White

Each winner received $4,000. There were 30 applicants this year.

The scholarship is named in honour of the late Jack Redshaw, who was a Local 793 member for 42 years. He was a business rep for 20 years and also served as labour relations manager and recording-corresponding secretary of the union.

The awards are available to the sons, daughters and grandchildren of members who are in good standing.

Scholarship recipients must be entering the first or subsequent year of a full-time course of study (at least two years in length) leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized public Canadian college or university.

Applications can be downloaded from the members section of the Local 793 website. They can also be obtained by contacting any Local 793 area office.

The deadline for 2016 applications is Friday, Sept. 9, 2016.

Compulsory Certification Reduces Accidents: Gallagher

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher was recently quoted in an article in Daily Commercial News. In the article, Gallagher noted that the Operating Engineers want compulsory certification for more heavy equipment trades. He said compulsory training has been proven to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities that are a result of operator error. Click here […]

Local 793 business manager Mike Gallagher was recently quoted in an article in Daily Commercial News. In the article, Gallagher noted that the Operating Engineers want compulsory certification for more heavy equipment trades. He said compulsory training has been proven to reduce accidents, injuries and fatalities that are a result of operator error.

Click here to view the article

Local 793 Participating in Santa Claus Parade

Local 793 members and their families are invited to participate in this year’s Oakville Santa Claus Parade being held on Saturday, Nov. 21. The local will have a float in the parade. The parade starts at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet in the parade setup area at Reynolds and Robinson streets in Oakville. […]

Local 793 members and their families are invited to participate in this year’s Oakville Santa Claus Parade being held on Saturday, Nov. 21.

The local will have a float in the parade.

The parade starts at 9 a.m. Participants are asked to meet in the parade setup area at Reynolds and Robinson streets in Oakville.

For more information, or to enquire about your child riding on the float, please call Julie Nakaza at 1-877-793-4863, ext. 2323, or send an email to jnakaza@oetio.com.

Click here for more information about the parade.

WSIB Ahead of Schedule to Eliminate UFL

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WISB) is ahead of schedule to eliminate its unfunded liability. A statement on the matter was issued today (Nov. 9) by WSIB chair Elizabeth Witmer. Below is the statement. WSIB AHEAD OF SCHEDULE TO ELIMINATE UFL: WITMER Employer premium reductions, sustainable benefits for injured workers on the horizon TORONTO […]

The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WISB) is ahead of schedule to eliminate its unfunded liability. A statement on the matter was issued today (Nov. 9) by WSIB chair Elizabeth Witmer. Below is the statement.

WSIB AHEAD OF SCHEDULE TO ELIMINATE UFL: WITMER

Employer premium reductions, sustainable benefits for injured workers on the horizon

TORONTO – Ontario’s Workplace Safety and Insurance Board is well ahead of a legislated timetable to reach financial sustainability, which will result in lower premiums paid by employers who fund the system and long-term security for the workers who depend on it, WSIB Chair Elizabeth Witmer announced today.

On current projections, the WSIB anticipates average rate reductions of between 10 and 15 per cent are possible over a five year period starting in 2017, according to the WSIB’s 2015 Economic Statement released Monday.

“In recent years, the WSIB has made great strides toward becoming more financially sustainable, transparent, responsive and accountable to the people we serve,” Witmer said. “As a result, we now expect to eliminate the unfunded liability, or ‘UFL’, by 2022 – five years ahead of the schedule required by law.”

The system’s UFL, Witmer explained, is the difference between future obligations to injured workers and the money currently on hand to pay for them.

“Fundamental changes to the WSIB’s business have brought the UFL down by nearly half, from a high of $14.1 billion in 2011 to $7.5 billion in early 2015 – all while maintaining benefit levels for injured workers and achieving the best health and safety outcomes in Canada,” Witmer added. Those changes include: safer workplaces; innovation in medical care and helping workers return to work; rising premium revenue and strong growth in the Investment Fund through the addition of operating surpluses, careful management and diversification.

“Once the burden of the UFL is gone, employer premiums will consist only of new claims and administrative costs,” Witmer said. “That’s an estimated average premium rate of $1.40 to $1.50 instead of the current average $2.46 per $100 of payroll, making Ontario one of the lowest cost jurisdictions in Canada.”

It means the WSIB will return over $2 billion annually to Ontario’s economy, and help Ontario employers become more competitive, Witmer concluded. “The job is not done. But we’re making good progress.”

Click here to visit the WSIB website.