Drywaller suing WSIB says: "For the past 100 years, our governing bodies have tried to rein in the independent operator… At every avenue they have failed."
"If we continue to let these people tramp on our morals, we are to blame. What we are showing our children is that 'this is the way it is.' "
By Steve Payne
Drywall contractor Sean Keane is suing Ontario’s WSIB for $6-million for its actions during a “negligent audit” that assessed a $340,000 penalty against his firm, Keyon Drywall (which subsequently went out of busines). Already having overturned the $340,000 decision, Sean believes that what we are seeing from the WSIB’s attempt to sign up another 50,000 to 90,000 contractors, under its new legislation, is nothing less than an attempt by government to eliminate independent operators.
Here’s what Sean wrote in a post yesterday…
“For the past 100 years governing bodies have tried to rein in the independent operator, to remove that status from existence. At every avenue they have failed to do so. The Supreme Court of Canada has been involved many times over the years. There is a policy adapted by these decisions and a set of guidelines that all governing bodies are supposed to recognize. For example three cases come to mind; Montreal Automotive, Sagas International and Waco Drywall. Are all cases that use the same tools to identify the “who is and who is not” when dealing with independents. Nowhere in those documents is the length of a relationship depicted to show any different relationship.
That being said, no one is asking you to fight, it is your decision. Yet I will point out these cases were presented to the courts; mine is in front of the courts. We send our soldiers off to fight for what we believe in as democracy, yet we turn around and allow ourselves to be governed by fear. If we continue to allow these people to tramp on our morals, we are to blame. What are we showing our children is that this is the way it is. I say no and taught each of my children to fight for their rights. By doing what I have done, and believe me it’s not easy, I hope to show my children,their friends and everyone else that enough is enough.
That’s who I am and that is what I believe.”
Edited version of Sean Keane’s post on Dec. 19