Workers’ Compensation was designed as a no fault, no blame system. However, injured workers pay a price. In our province, the income replacement rate for an injured worker is 80% of earnings, up to a maximum of $63,420. This is one of the lowest rates in all of Canada. In fact, the last 2013 statutory review of workers’ compensation recommended that the income rate increase to 85%. You can read the full release here.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Federation of Labour (NLFL), is joining other civil society organizations in expressing our solidarity and support for Beatrice Hunter, an Inuk grandmother jailed for peacefully protesting at Muskrat Falls. You can read the full release here.
The St. John’s Status of Women Council (SJSOWC) has created and implemented a Domestic Violence Leave Policy within their organization and encourages public, private business and community organizations to adopt a similar policy. Mary Shortall, President of the NL Federation of Labour and Chair of the SJSOWC stated: “This is a very important issue for our members. Domestic Violence at work impacts workers and employers. While we work with our affiliates to address this issue at the bargaining table, we are also working closely with our partners in the broader community so that all workers can have the legislative protection they need when domestic violence comes to the workplace.” You can read the full release here.
April 28th is a solemn day for workers, as we gather to remember workers who have died through workplace incidents or occupational disease. We recognize and are saddened by the pain and suffering felt by families and loved ones. Read the statement from NLFL President Mary Shortall here.