“Until those searches are carried out, correctional officers and inmates are going to be at risk from weapons like ceramic knives. If a full institutional search had taken place, the injuries that the officer suffered at Central East could have been avoided.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Occupational Health and Safety
The fact that the province won’t commit to mandatory minimum requirements is problematic and dangerous,” said Thomas. “In the meantime, employers know that they’ll only get a slap on the wrist." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“We’ve been told that the jails in North Bay and Sudbury will be replaced, but we have no idea when that might be. I’m calling on the Minister of Community Safety and Correctional Services to act now — for the safety of staff and the security of inmates.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“The health care sector represents less than 12 per cent of Ontario’s workforce, but 4 of the top 10 professions reporting workplace violence are in health care. Meanwhile, CEOs of many hospitals and other health care facilities just look the other way while their staff are assaulted." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"HSAA members are called upon to deal with the results of accidents on farms. As Albertans and as health-care professionals, we have a stake in seeing the rate of accidents, injuries and fatalities reduced. Taking these reasonable measures to prevent worker fatigue, to improve safety education and to improve equipment safety will save lives and prevent injuries." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President
Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) survey was modelled on the internationally recognized Copenhagen Psychological Questionnaire. It was conducted anonymously to identify psychologiacal factors in the workplace that affect stress levels and health outcomes of workers.
"We await PHSA's response and hope they take the opportunity to work with the union to turn things around at this facility, and quickly." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“In this case, the employer cut off all paid sick days — and these are professionals who deal with sick individuals all day long. Can you imagine the risk that poses, both to the nurses and their clients? This kind of action is as mean-spirited as it is irresponsible." — Warren (Smokey)Thomas.
"The fact that Ms. Draude was apparently not made aware of these issues speaks to the lack of oversight necessary to take protective steps." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"For months we have been urging the PHSA to provide suitable protections for staff on par with similar hospitals across Canada such as body armour, blocking pads, and meal pass-through doors for those in seclusion." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President