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New study on worker exposure to toxic chemicals at GE plant

May 15, 2017

Peterborough – 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ramifications first hand, yet approximately half of the compensation claims filed have been rejected, abandoned or withdrawn due to what was deemed to be insufficient evidence.”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.

WHAT: Release of new report on chemical exposure at the GE Peterborough plant
WHEN: Thursday, May 18, 2017 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Royal Canadian Legion, Branch 52, 1550 Lansdowne St, Peterborough, ON K9J 2A2
WHO: 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.


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