COV Staying Safe

Federal Government Extends COVID-19 Related Leaves

As a way of streamlining the extension of the number of weeks for eligibility for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit (CERB), the federal government announced it would also extend COVID-19 related leaves. Eligibility for CERB was extended from 16 to 24 weeks, which is now mirrored in COVID-19 related leaves in federally regulated workplaces. The goal of CERB was to stabilize the economy and provide an income for workers who

Senate Report Acknowledges Importance of PSWs in the Healthcare System

The Standing Senate Committee on Social Affairs, Science and Technology recently published an interim report evaluating the federal government’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The report examined several areas, such as the healthcare system, Canada’s ability to manufacture medical equipment, the impact of the pandemic on frontline workers, migrant workers, children and youth, as well as, people living with mental health conditions. Given the tragic events in long term care,

Lack of PSWs Related to Canada’s Death Rate in LTC Being Highest Amongst 16 OECD Countries

The Canadian Institute of Health Information (CIHI) recently released a comparative study of long-term care across 16 OECD countries, (Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development), with clear findings that Canada’s long-term care system fared worse than most. This study is yet another indicator of the magnitude of the crisis in long term care. Perhaps most concerning is that Canada’s death rate in long term care facilities was the highest amongst

Federal Right to Refuse Dangerous Work

DOWNLOAD THE PDF FEDERAL RIGHT TO REFUSE DANGEROUS WORK {Canada Labour Code, s. 122, 128, 129, 146, 147} HEALTH AND SAFETY FACT SHEET Danger is defined in the Code as any hazard, condition or activity that could reasonably be expected to be an imminent or serious threat to the life or health of a person exposed to it before the hazard or condition can be corrected or the activity altered.

Communications in challenging times – IAM Canada steps up again

14 June, 2020 – IAM Canada conducted five video conference Local Lodge President Meetings from June 1 – 10, 2020. The meetings were regionally attended: the Atlantic, Western, Manitoba and Ontario, the Greater Toronto Area and Quebec regions were all represented. The meetings were conducted via Bluejeans, a videoconferencing platform, with in excess of 20 participants on each call. Organized by the Canadian office in order to outreach our communications, General Vice-President Stan

Pickthall, IAM Canada commend government on 10-day sick leave

26 May 2020 For immediate release Toronto, ON – IAM Canadian General Vice-President Stan Pickthall commended the federal government on seeking agreements with provincial and territorial governments to provide 10 days of paid sick leave to workers infected with COVID-19. “This is potentially very good news for those who have put their bodies and their lives on their line to provides services and goods so the rest of us can

Despite Flood and Fire – The Story of IAM LL99 member Des Doerksen (and friends)

5 May 2020 Fort McMurray, AB – How much disaster can a person handle? Ask Desmond (Des) Doerksen. He’s a member of IAM Local 99 in Alberta and he lost three houses in the last four years – two to floods and one to fire. Des lost his first home during the great fires in Fort McMurray in 2016. Ironically, it wasn’t fire that destroyed his house, but water. Due

The Pandemic Experience: From the perspective of IAMAW Sisters

The pandemic is putting strain on many things, but not on the solidarity of IAM sisters! 28 IAM sisters and brothers connected on May 5th , a day that also commemorates missing and murdered indigenous women, to discuss the unique issues women face during the pandemic. The impact of the pandemic has not been the same for everyone; for instance, we know low wage earners are impacted by joblessness at