It is vital that the local is involved in the return to work process, whether the accommodation results from a work injury or not. WSIB and employers often ignore locals when the return to work is WSIB related and this can lead to various problems, from our members not receiving proper advice regarding the suitability of work or the employer shirking its human rights obligation to accommodate to the point of undue hardship.

The Injured Workers Advocacy Committee has produced “ideal” collective agreement language that will help assure union involvement in all return to work situations. We are asking locals to make inclusion of this language a bargaining priority.