June 1 is Injured Workers’ Day. There will be a rally at Queen’s Park at 11 a.m. followed by a two- day conference at the Steelworker’s Hall, 25 Cecil Street, Toronto beginning at 2 p.m. At the conference, a draft revision to the injured worker’s platform for change will be discussed.
One of the issues for the conference is likely to be the “lock-in” of loss of earnings compensation which normally occurs six years after the injury. The provincial government has been proposing to scrap the lock-in date for loss of earnings compensation, meaning that injured workers will be tied to the WSIB until age 65, like it or not. If the lock-in is scrapped, injured worker will be required to report to the Board material changes (travel plans, job changes, and changes in activity level) for an indefinite period. They would also run the risk of being charged with an offence if they do not report any such changes. Freedom from the Board at some point is important for injured workers.