Message from the District about COVID-19

from Rod Allnutt, Director of Human Resources, SD#37:
I know that many Delta staff are feeling anxious in the current environment. First and foremost, please continue to care for yourself and those around you. The BC Centre for Disease Control website contains some very useful information about COVID-19 and, most importantly, specific things we can all do to prevent contracting or spreading the virus: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

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CUPE BC News

Updates to CUPE members in the Community Health Sector RE: COVID-19

Dear CUPE members in the community health sector,
As the province responds to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Provincial Health Officer has issued orders and the BCCDC and Ministry of Health continue to provide more information which we can share with you. This information has been updated today, is summarized in this bulletin and is posted in greater detail on our frequently updated COVID-19 FAQ page.

K-12 Bulletin #2 - FAQ

The COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly and we are all working to respond effectively and quickly, not only in terms of public health, but also to best support our membersand provide information on actions being taken by the B.C. government and school districts.
Each district is developing their own plan for continuity of learning and a safety plan to keep students and staff safe.

K-12 update from CUPE BC and the Ministry of Education regarding COVID19

Dear CUPE members,
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as government, school districts, Canadian Union of Public Employees and teachers work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-school classes. We know it has been a difficult time for everyone involved. The decision to suspend in-classroom learning was made on Tuesday, March 17, under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer. This action was necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all British Columbians.

CUPE National News

WCB staff calling for presumptive coverage for workers who contract COVID-19

The Union that represents staff at the Workers Compensation Board is joining the call for presumptive coverage for workers who contract COVID-19 on the job.

“As the staff who deal with WCB claims every day, we want to do our part in supporting the front-line heroes who are fighting COVID-19,” said Dennis Kshyk, President of CUPE Local 1063 representing 500 staff at WCB. “Presumptive coverage for workers is the right thing to do, and we believe the Manitoba government can and should be a leader in Canada.”

We won’t put a price on the safety of our members

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed how we see a lot of jobs once considered “safe” in Canada. Working in groceries and retail can now pose risks to workers’ health and safety. Major grocery chains, faced with the prospect of major staffing shortages, started offering workers so-called “hazard pay” in order to entice employees to keep stores running.

The question of “hazard pay” has come up in the world of front-line work public sector work too – in health care, transportation and other sectors represented by CUPE.

Trois-Rivières transit employees call on their employer to resume negotiations

Concerned by the threat of significant layoffs, public transit workers in Trois-Rivières, Quebec, are calling on the employer to resume bargaining talks to reach an agreement quickly. The idea of laying off 23 “regular” bus drivers needs re-thinking in light of social distancing and health care measures, rider needs and the need to maintain a pool of backup drivers.

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