Due to the high rates of cancer and disease as
demonstrated to the union by worker concerns, evidence from workers on disease
among workers, the fact that Sault Ste. Marie has four times the provincial
cancer rate (according to the Algoma Health Unit) and Algoma Steel Inc.
ASI accounts for approximately three per cent of the
provincial occupational disease fatalities (as calculated by WSIB
Between the years of 2001 and 2007, 40 of the
occupational disease claims recognized by WSIB have resulted in fatalities.
We announce today an effort to co-ordinate and support
those workers who have contracted a disease that may be related to working at
ASI and affiliates.
United Steelworkers Local 2251 is offering a free and
confidential Occupational Disease Intake Clinic.
Current and former ASI employees, retirees, family
members and widows/widowers are urged to attend.
This clinic will survey more than 8,000 retirees and
surviving family members plus more than 3,000 active employees.
United Steelworkers Local 2251 is inviting the media to
a press conference to discuss this important issue and provide information to
The press conference will start at 12 p.m. on April 10,
2008 and be held at the USW Local 2251 Hall, 68 Dennis St., Sault Ste. Marie,
ON P6A 2W9.