Andrew King, LLM, is an educator, practitioner and advocate for unions and worker safety and health. He began his career in law representing injured workers at the Workers Compensation Board. In private practice of law in the 1980s, he took part in a number of leading WCB cases. In 1989, he joined the United Steelworkers Union as national health and safety coordinator and became department leader for education and then health, safety and environment in 1994. His responsibilities included public policy, inquests, public inquiries, research, training and education. He served on the boards of national labour management organizations such as Canadian Centre for Occupational Health and Safety (CCOHS), Institute for Work and Health (IWH), the National Institute of Disability Management and Research (NIDMAR) and Ontario’s Occupational Cancer Research Centre (OCRC). Since 2012, he chairs the Ontario Occupational Health and Safety Research Advisory Panel.
Andrew King retired from the USW in 2011 and returned to school obtaining his LLM from the University of Ottawa in 2014. He has been teaching as a sessional instructor at McMaster University’s School of Labour. He chairs the Labour OHCOW Academic Research Collaboration (LOARC), a network of worker health and safety representatives, occupational health practitioners, and academic researchers who draw on the collective experience and knowledge of workers with research to present evidence to improve occupational health and safety. His key areas of expertise relevant to disability management include occupational health and safety, workers’ compensation, return to work, duty to accommodate, AODA, and human and workers’ rights.