Al Bieksa

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Dear CIPA USW Members, We understand that rumours have surfaced at CIPA alleging that our union is abandoning its members. Clearly management underestimates the intelligence of our members, thinking that misleading our members will take away support for our union just as we are about to resume bargaining for an improved collective agreement.   Yes bargaining! You all remember what has happened in bargaining so far? Let us refresh your memory.   On December 20, 2019, your...

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More Financial Aid for Members As the pandemic extends for a longer period of time, our members may be entitled to more financial aid to help them cope with these unprecedented times.   B.C. EMERGENCY BENEFIT FOR WORKERS   Members may qualify for the B.C. Emergency Benefit for Workers, a tax-free, one time $1,000 payment for B.C. residents whose ability to work has been affected due to COVID-19.   If you are eligible for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit and...

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On April 28th we stand together as workers of the world and reflect on all of those workers who lost their lives or their health because of their workplace. And then we ruminate about how we failed to protect them and what we need to do moving forward to prevent more deaths and injuries. At 11:00 am on April 28th we observe a moment of silence and remember; we remember all workers stricken with workplace illness, suffering injuries or killed on the job we remember the children left...

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A PROMISE TO EMPLOYERS: If you do not take COVID-19 seriously and investigate all potential occupational exposures and develop an exposure control plan, it is possible that you can be prosecuted for criminal negligence and spend the rest of your life in jail. If you do not heed warnings from the Union, if you cancel Health & Safety meetings, if you fail to investigate and provide effective preventive measures, if you fail to provide proper Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and just...

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The Union has supplied Face Shields to our Screening Officers at Abbotsford Airport. We urge Screening Officers to wear them any time whenever the 2 Metre safe distancing cannot be accomplished.  It is extremely important that you disinfect them properly after each use. Yesterday additional members received layoff notices effective April 30 th , 2020.  That brings our total at YXX to 22. In the layoff letter there was information on benefits that are nor correct.  This is...

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Protecting Our Screening Officers

Dear Members,   Our members employed by G4S Secure Solutions (Canada) Ltd. have been voicing their significant concerns with protection against COVID-19 in the workplace, as front-line employees dealing with this pandemic.   We believe that these concerns and worries are completely justifiable given the current context. The main questions that keep coming up is “what rights do we have?” and “what is being done to protect us in our workplace?”  ...

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Housekeeping Staff are More than Cleaners, They are Family

Residents in long-term care facilities are some of the most vulnerable in our society. They are often very elderly, suffering from physical and mental disabilities, such as dementia or Alzheimer’s. What’s worse is that many are in complex, long term care facilities alone, with no family or friends near by. They are unwell, living in a place that they would never choose to be and they are very lonely.   Housekeeping staff are the unsung heroes in many facilities, whether...

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Steps to Refuse Unsafe Work COVID-19 Tell your supervisor immediately about the unsafe condition/work and explain why you believe it to be unsafe.  Tell them you do not believe that proper precaution has been undertaken to protect you from accidental exposure to COVID-19. Be specific as you can. For example, this could include but isn't limited too. ·       The employer is not enforcing physical distancing (2 meters)...

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COVID-19 Update March 31 st , 2020 To: USW Local 2009 members We continue to receive a great deal of emails and calls from our members with concerns and questions about individual employer actions and our support with respect to the spread of COVID-19. Many of the questions are related to safety concerns and the inactions of their employers. At a time of unprecedented concerns relating to health and worker safety it should be the Joint Health & Safety Committee that...

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LESSONS LEARNED FROM SARS   Excerpts from the SARS Commission Executive Summary: Volume One ♦ Spring of Fear   Precautionary Principle In The Commission of Inquiry on the Blood System in Canada , Mr. Justice Krever said: Where there is reasonable evidence of an impending threat to public health, it is inappropriate to require proof of causation beyond a reasonable doubt before taking steps to avert the threat. [1]   The...

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