On a -45 degree day in January 2014, Paul was driving down Ontario's eastbound 407 highway on his way to make a delivery, when his vehicle skidded on a patch of black ice and slid into a guard rail.
The company truck he was driving was totalled. At first Paul could not even see or hear his assistant because the man, who had been sitting in the passenger seat, was completely obscured by the wreckage.
Ultimately though, it was Paul, not his passenger, who sustained serious injuries and was left unable to work for over a year. In that time, Paul has received only one cheque -- a couple of weeks' worth of compensation from the Workers' Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).
This week's labour roundup is gleefully mean, because it starts with a couple of Harper facepalm-worthy mess-ups.
When it comes to omnibus bills and hidden agendas, it can be hard to explain just how and why this government isn't working for workers. But this week, they made it super easy! Thanks y'all!
Let's review, shall we?
A new study released today confirms the broad ranging consequences of precarious labour in urban areas of southern Ontario.
In 2013, PEPSO, a research partnership between United Way Toronto and McMaster University conducted a major study on precarious labour in the Greater Toronto and Hamilton areas. Using data collected from a survey of over 4,000 workers and 28 in-depth interviews, The Precarity Penalty, released today, builds on those findings.