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.

Alberta health care centres need single employer rules

In the wake of the COVID 19 crisis, a union representing auxiliary nursing and support staff is calling for staffing changes.

CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill says Alberta should impose ‘single site staffing’, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

CUPE represents 150 employees at Mackenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary. There have been 36 cases of COVID-19 among residents, and another 6 cases among staff. Two of those cases have led to death.

Manitoba school support workers need to stay on payroll to support our kids

The union representing most K-12 educational staff in Manitoba schools is calling on the Manitoba government and School Divisions to keep all K-12 workers on the payroll during COVID-19.

Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today that the schools across Manitoba will be suspended indefinitely, and that school support staff could be laid off.

Health care centres need single employer rules

In the wake of the COVID 19 crisis, a union representing auxiliary nursing and support staff is calling for staffing changes.

CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill says Alberta should impose ‘single site staffing’, to limit the spread of the coronavirus.

CUPE represents 150 employees at Mackenzie Towne Continuing Care Centre in Calgary. There have been 36 cases of COVID-19 among residents, and another 6 cases among staff. Two of those cases have led to death.

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