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November 19, 2010

WCB

WCB Office to Open in Brandon

The Workers Compensation Board of Manitoba (WCB) has announced that it plans to open a new location in Brandon in early 2012. The office will service workers and employers located in Brandon and surrounding areas.

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November 11, 2010

Health & Safety

Your Views Wanted on Opioid Medications

The Workers Compensation Board (WCB) of Manitoba is committed to supporting injured workers during their return to health and work. The use of opioid medications can be an effective treatment for pain. However, opioid use presents risks and potential harms that must be assessed and minimized by prescribers, dispensers and the WCB.

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November 10, 2010

General

EI Benefits Won for Former Tembec Workers

When Tembec workers were locked out by their employer in September 2009, they applied for Employment Insurance and were advised they would not be eligible for benefits during a labour dispute. The two unions representing the workers, USWA and COPE contacted the Community Unemployed Help Centre (CUHC) for assistance.

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November 8, 2010

WCB

New Manitoba Study on Welders' Exposure

The MFL Health and Safety Committee has received the findings of a new Manitoba study on welders' exposure. The two year study, commissioned by the Workers Compensation Board, was conducted by OHG Consulting in 40 workplaces across Manitoba.

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November 5, 2010

WCB

Remembrance Day Act Hours And Pay Regulations

Manitoba Labour and Immigration reminds everyone that most non-essential businesses are required to close on November 11 as Manitobans honour the contributions of Canadians in war and peacekeeping efforts. The Remembrance Day Act permits retail businesses to open as long as they are closed between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m.

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November 4, 2010

General

MFL Comes Out in Support of Accessibility Rights Legislation

Dear Premier Selinger:

Did you know that about 40% of complaints made to the Manitoba Human Rights Commission are related to the rights of Manitobans with disabilities? I know you find that as shocking as I do and will support the measures that the Manitoba Federation of Labour is undertaking in support of the advocacy group known as Barrier-Free Manitoba.

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October 28, 2010

Health & Safety

Manitoba Workers Win Protections Against Psychological Harassment And Bullying

On October 21, Manitoba Minister of Labour Jennifer Howard announced new Workplace Safety and Health regulations to protect workers against psychological harassment and bullying. This move follows a campaign on the issue by the Manitoba Federation of Labour and affiliates. Recent studies have found that about 40 per cent of workers have been subject to harassment or bullying.

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October 28, 2010

Health & Safety

Manitoba Acts on Key Ewing Inquest Recommendation

Amendments to Manitoba's Workplace Safety and Health regulations announced on October 21 also act on a key recommendation of the Inquest into the death of Steven Ewing in the August 2000 furnace explosion at Hudson Bay Mining and Smelting in Flin Flon.

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October 25, 2010

General

MGEU Convention Bids Adieu to Peter Olfert

Several hundred delegates to the Manitoba Government Employees Union Annual Convention on October 23 elected long time MGEU activist and executive member Sister Lois Wales to succeed Brother Peter Olfert who retired after holding the post for 24 years. Wales, who is also Executive Vice-President of the Manitoba Federation of Labour, thanked Brother Olfert for his many years of service.

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September 24, 2010

Health & Safety

Labour Support of United Way Urged

MFL President Kevin Rebeck is urging working men and women to throw their personal support behind the 2010 United Way Fund Raising Campaign that is underway in communities across Manitoba.

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