Media Advisory - New study on worker exposure to toxic chemicals at GE plant

PETERBOROUGH, ON, May 15, 2017 /CNW/ - A conclusive new report, demonstrating the extent of worker exposure to toxic chemicals at the General Electric plant in Peterborough, Ontario, will provide data in support of occupational disease compensation claims previously denied by the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

"GE workers and their families have experienced the deadly health ramifications first hand, yet approximately half of the compensation claims filed have been rejected, abandoned or withdrawn due to what was deemed to be insufficient evidence." said Joel Carr, Unifor National Representative. "This report provides a powerful narrative of what the workers, and the community, already know to be true."

The study, commissioned by the Advisory Committee on Retrospective Exposures and supported by Unifor, was led by Occupational Health Researchers Bob and Dale DeMatteo, the authors of the report.


Release of new report on chemical exposure at the GE Peterborough plant


Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 p.m.


Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52

1550 Lansdowne St, Peterborough, ON K9J 2A2


Bob DeMatteo and Dale DeMatteo, Occupational Health Researchers

Sue James, GE Retiree

Joel Carr, Unifor National Representative


Former CGE workers and family members of deceased claimants will also be in attendance.  

Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing more than 310,000 workers in every sector of the economy.  It was formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.


For further information: please contact Unifor Communications National Representative Stuart Laidlaw at or (cell) 647-385-4054.

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