OTTAWA, June 15, 2016 /CNW/ - Canada's Building Trades Unions are pleased to support Bill C-292, an Act to amend the Canada Labour Code (occupational disease and accident registry) by MP Sheri Benson (Saskatoon West). We see this piece of legislation as an important component of federal leadership on workplace safety.
Bill Daniels, International Vice-President of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, First District stated that, "The introduction of this Private Members Bill is long overdue. For decades, workers have been unknowingly exposed to hazardous substances while on the job, which has led to various health problems and even the ultimate sacrifice, their lives." He went on to note that, "This change will have a positive impact on workers – past, present and future, by allowing them access to pertinent information on the various hazards they could be exposed to at work. This is something every worker deserves to know
Bob Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer at Canada's Building Trades Unions, said today in Edmonton, "This Bill will allow workers to know when and if workplaces are safe or unsafe." He went on to say that "this is a long time coming and will create accountable partnerships in the workplace."
Canada's Building Trades Unions look forward to continuing to work with MP Sheri Benson, as well as with provincial governments to pave the way towards a safer work environment for its members.
SOURCE Building & Construction Trades Department, AFL-CIO
For further information: Bob Blakely, Canadian Operating Officer, CBTU, Office: (613) 236-0653, RBlakely@buildingtrades.ca; Matt Wayland, Political Action & Media Strategist, IBEW First District Office, (905)564-5441; Cell (647) 465-6167; Matt_Wayland@IBEW.org