Over the past few weeks, many parts of Canada have entered the second wave of the pandemic, with cases of COVID-19 rising quickly. Some cities are seeing record numbers of cases, with hospitalizations climbing.
We need to take action now to flatten the curve before we reach a crisis point this fall. Whether you’re working from home or you’ve never left the workplace, we can all do our part to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
Many of us will need to make personal sacrifices over the next few months – changing the ways we socialize, cutting back on trips outside our homes and cancelling holiday plans – but the health and safety of our members and the Canadians we serve depends on it. By following the recommendations of public health authorities in your area, we can help prevent outbreaks in our workplaces and communities.
PSAC urges everyone to follow public health guidelines to limit the spread of COVID-19:
- Don’t go to work when you’re sick and get tested if you have COVID-like symptoms or believe you’ve been exposed;
- Wash your hands often, and use hand sanitizer whenever possible;
- Stay two metres (six feet) apart from others;
- Wear a mask or face covering where required or when you cannot maintain physical distancing;
- Limit your outings to essential trips to prevent community spread of COVID-19;
- Notify your close contacts if you test positive for COVID-19;
- Download the Government of Canada’s COVID Alert app.
You also have the right to work in a safe and healthy workplace during the pandemic. Your employer must let you know the steps they’ve taken to minimize the spread of COVID-19, clearly communicate information in the workplace and set a clear policy for what’s expected of workers if they get sick, have COVID-19 symptoms or come into contact with someone who does.
Employers must also do everything possible to protect the health and safety of workers by providing proper training, sanitation and personal protective equipment.
And as workers, we have a responsibility to keep our colleagues safe and monitor our workplaces for health and safety issues.
Learn more about how to stay safe in the workplace during this evolving pandemic. Visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety for guidelines, printable materials,
RETURN TO THE WORKPLACE
As the economy starts to reopen, gradually, we will see businesses resume, stay-at-home restrictions lifted and workers return to physical workplaces.
Planning is essential to protect the health and safety of workers and the public. Your plan needs to identify
HOW ARE YOU DOING?!
Are you working from home or doing your essential job under strange new circumstances? Have you had to adapt your work life very much? Maybe you're working at the kitchen table with toddlers hanging around your neck, or helping with science experiments while you manage zoom meetings.
Returning to Work?
YEU is reaching out to employers to participate in the Covid-19 Return to Work planning; if you have questions or concerns, or wish to discuss your workplace's RTW plan with us, please reach out through our website's online contact form or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Do You Work for the Yukon Government?
YG has released updated information on improved and enhanced wellbeing benefits and programs for its workers. Please follow the links below to learn how the FSEAP program has been adapted to respond to Covid-19, and new benefits for you and your family at this time.
Eligible employees can access 7 counselling sessions per family between April 1, 2020 and March 31, 2021. Counselling is available by phone or video during COVID-19 from counsellors in Yukon and BC.
Crisis counselling and intake services are available 24/7.
Call 1-800-667-0993 or (867) 668-3327 to access a counselor.
Up to 4 additional sessions are available in exceptional or urgent circumstances as a bridge to accessing longer term care.
Can you Refuse Unsafe Work? (April 1, 2020)
PSAC's Updated Your Rights at Work Information HERE (April 2, 2020)
Have you been laid off?
PSAC National has updated the union's processes which protect laid off workers' union membership.
Members from Locals and bargaining units that have seen COVID-related layoffs; PSAC will extend Membership in Good Standing and ensure the Local Executives continue holding union office, even while on temporary layoff status. PSAC and YEU are trying to be as proactive as possible on this.
Where we know that an employer has shut down or laid members off due to COVID, we are not requiring these members to make individual membership requests. Instead, the bargaining unit will be protected as a block, and their executive will be preserved under PSAC's Regulation 5.
Updated April 1, 2020. Compiled by Jennifer Robson, Associate Professor of Political Management, Carleton University using public information. Any errors or omissions are unintended.
On March 19, the Yukon Government released its Human Resources Directive, or Covid-19 Directive 2. This lays out the measures implemented to keep its workers safe,and explains its work-from-home protocols.The government has utilized its Essential Services Matrix "designed to assist the user in identifying essential services for business continuity". It lists its Service Categories including those considered Critical, Vital, Necessary, and Desired.
For current information on the Covid-19 situation in the Yukon, visit yukon.ca and click the Covid-d19 link on the home page.
Like you, we're looking for solutions that protect your work and your livelihood. Our leaders are in constant contact with employers as they try and establish solutions to the challenge of providing safe workspaces and navigate the unknowns presented by this Covid-19 pandemic and the Yukon's State of Emergency.
Please ensure you have subscribed to our website for regular email updates. At the moment, we are trying to send them every couple of days. The frequency may change as the situation evolves. Please make sure you add us as a safe sender, so our messages don't get lost in your spam box.
Be well, take care of yourselves, be kind and wash your hands. Your union is working hard for you. If you have questions or have concerns about what is happening at your workplace, please reach out through our website.
Queries? Send them through email@example.com or visit yeu.ca/contact
Workplace problems: Intake forms can be submitted online through our website at yeu.ca/intake
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