CUPE Local 1356 Blog

Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 1356. We have three Collective Agreements as Local 1356, 1356-01, and 1356-02. The membership is comprised of the full-time and part-time workers of York University the Local website is at This Blog will include Local information and information garnered from sources other Universities, Colleges, Post Secondary/Tertiary Education and news sources supplying information.

Friday, June 01, 2007

Reinactment of Royal Commission of 1914

Here is a photo from our recent ONIWG conference. For those that missed this really fun and educational event, this photo was taken Friday afternoon during a skit that re enacted the Royal Commission hearing with Justice Meredith in 1914. The actors actually read from the transcripts from the hearings almost 100 years ago. Justice Meredith is the guy with the white wig. The fellow in the black hat was the employer representative and he spent his time taking about how workers really didn't deserve any compensation because they are either lazy, stupid, boozers, caused their own injuries and not trust worthy. I almost got up and strangled him.

The interesting thing was that the issues seem to be almost the same today as back in 1914 and there is much to learn from the debates and the Principles that Justice Meredith first recommended and on which they Workers Compensation system was based.

All the best,



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