Programs Section

September 13, 2013
The Joint Workplace Health and Safety Committee is to be involved in all investigations, and these will include accident/injury investigations, and similarly a Health and Safety Representative will be involved in all investigations, including accident/injury investigations. The Co-chairs of the Workplace Committee will appoint the member or members of the Committee that shall participate in such investigations.
September 13, 2013
This process has to be used before other recourses available under Part II of the Code, except for the right to refuse dangerous work and the right of pregnant or nursing workers to temporarily withdraw from dangerous work.
September 13, 2013
Committees made up of union and employer appointed representatives need to be established in every workplace that normally directly employs 20 workers or more, according to Section 135 of the Canada Labour Code Part II. Policy health and safety committees must be established where an employer has 300 or more employees. This committee takes a more strategic approach to health and safety in an organization by dealing with global issues.
September 13, 2013
Who is responsible for health and safety in the workplace?  The employer. However, that responsibility includes a number of specific responsibilities.  But ensuring the employer lives up to their responsibility takes work.  From everyone. From union representatives to individual members of the union, we all need not only to enjoy our rights but also to know when they are being violated.
July 24, 2013
Are our workplaces healthy? Stress, anxiety, and depression are experienced by many among Canadian workers, and it seems that many of our workplaces are a major contributor to the growing rate of mental health related illnesses.
July 15, 2013
In the event of the death of a PSSA contributor, the survivor and children become entitled to an immediate allowance.
June 6, 2013
The National Human Rights Committee (NHRC) provides advice to the National Board of Directors (the body that runs the union between Triennial Conventions) on various equity issues. After an extensive review, the NBoD reconstituted the National Equal Opportunities Committee (EOC) as the NHRC with the following resolution adopted in June 2011.
November 28, 2011
Union members in a WFA committee have an extremely important  role to play. They need to approach  their  work on the committee in a strategic and informed fashion. They must make opportunities to meet amongst themselves and possibly with other union activists  to help prepare them for their meetings with the employer. The make-up  of the union side strategy  committee  must  reflect the diversity  of the membership.  An important part of the work that the committee does will be to communicate member concerns to the employer and employer plans to the members.
November 28, 2011
Workforce adjustment committees should always be joint The Workforce Adjustment  Appendix specifies  that  departments  and organizations  must establish  Workforce Adjustment Committees to manage workforce adjustment situations.  The union believes that  they should always be composed of union and management representatives or, in other words, joint.
February 1, 2010
Both employers and unions had agreed that all cases - including discipline cases and appeals against health and safety officers’ directions - should be appealed first to the Appeals Officer and then to the Canada Industrial Relations Board (CIRB). That would have let easily resolvable issues be dealt with without the quasi-judicial procedure of the CIRB. A more formal process is still necessary to deal with any remaining impartially and effectively.

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