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TORONTO--(Marketwire - Oct.
1, 2007) - Members of Ontario's injured worker community will travel to St.
Thomas to ask the Minister of Labour, Steve Peters why he betrayed their
"The Minister promised to do away with deeming. He
promised but he didn't deliver," said Karl Crevar, Treasurer of the Ontario
Network of Injured Workers' Groups (ONIWG).
Deeming is the process where permanently disabled workers
can see their compensation benefits reduced because the WSIB deducts wages they
imagine the injured worker could be earning. The Board makes no attempt to
determine if the worker actually has a job or actually earns income. They
simply gaze into their crystal ball and tell the injured worker "you could be
earning this amount" and wave a magic wand and make the worker's benefits
The Minister amended the Workplace Safety and Insurance
Act with a clear written commitment to injured workers that these changes would
eliminate deeming once and for all.
Injured workers wanted to believe him. "For a decade we
have been explaining to politicians from all political parties how this
practice of reducing our benefits because the Board imagines us to have phantom
wages from jobs we can't get hired into, forces us onto welfare and into
poverty," added Crevar.
ONIWG met with the WSIB because deeming under the new
Board policies will be worse. "Deeming will not be eliminated by these new
policies, only be given a new name," Crevar said.
Injured workers will call the Minister to account. We
asked for a meeting and he told us to meet with the Board.
That simply isn't good enough. The Minister of Labour
committed in writing that the legislation would eliminate deeming and he has
the legal authority to instruct the Board to make this change.
Injured workers will demonstrate at Steve Peter's campaign
office on October 2, 2007 at 12:00 Noon at 445 Talbot Street, St. Thomas
Ontario. We want to help make him understand how seriously we take the issue
and how much we object to his broken promise.
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