What is COVID-19?
COVID-19 is caused by a virus from the same family as the SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) coronavirus. According to Health Canada, coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that can cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases.
Those who are infected with COVID-19 may have little to no symptoms. You may not know you have symptoms of COVID-19 because they are similar to a cold or flu.
Symptoms may include:
- Difficulty breathing
- Pneumonia in both lungs
Though it has been determined that the virus can spread from person to person, how exactly the virus is transmitted remains unclear. There continues to be a debate over whether or not COVID-19 transmission is “airborne”. However, it is the position of CUPE that in the absence of a definitive proof, a conclusion that COVID-19 is “not airborne” is not appropriate and the precautionary principle should apply.
For CUPE members that are working with infected (or potentially infected people), we recommend the use of a fit-tested N95 mask and eye protection like a face shield. This includes front-line health care workers, acute care providers, paramedics, and flight attendants who deal with symptomatic passengers, just to name a few. Additional precautions should be implemented for health care workers doing patient care that requires aerosol generating procedures (such as intubation, airway suction etc.), which require higher levels of protection.
What we learned from SARS – follow the “precautionary principle”
In the aftermath of the SARS outbreak, Ontario established a commission to look at the introduction and spread of SARS. In its final report, Commissioner Justice Archie Campbell wrote that “we cannot wait for scientific certainty before we take reasonable steps to reduce risk”.
Campbell’s report identified the precautionary principle as an approach for protecting workers in circumstances of scientific uncertainty. This reflects the need to take prudent action in the face of potentially serious viruses without having to wait for complete scientific proof that a course of action is necessary. This means that unless we know with certainty that the virus is not spread through the air, we must conduct ourselves as if it were.
Common practices still hold
To help reduce the likelihood of becoming infected by any viral infection, common practices still hold:
- Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
- Practice physical distancing where possible.
When new viruses are identified, employers, in consultation with their health and safety committees or worker representatives, should follow an appropriate hazard-assessment methodology that looks at the virus and considers if existing controls are appropriate. The goal of a prevention plan must be to eliminate exposure to the infectious virus as much as possible. The selection of controls should be guided by a hierarchy of controls and include both engineering and administrative controls. More information is provided in the general COVID guideline (found below).
Note: The use of surgical-type masks does not provide adequate protection from viral exposure. N95 respirators usually grant minimal protection. All workers who are fit-tested with N95 respirators must carry identification indicating the type and size of their respirator. Additionally, workers need to receive training on all aspects of personal protective equipment (putting on, wearing, removal, disposal, etc.).
CUPE will continue to monitor and advise our members when there are any significant changes. Please review the document below for additional information and check back frequently for updates.
Date of Posting: February 24, 2020
The PEI Federation of Labour is seeking applications from qualified individuals to provide administrative/financial support to its organization. This is a temporary position with a tentative start date of March16th until August 30th 2020 with the possibility of extension. The successful applicant will be a member of CUPE Local 1770-7.
To provide general secretarial support including telephone/reception inquires; typing, data entry; open and sort mail; make travel arrangements; maintain up-to-date lists and records; organize meetings and events, educational sessions, and Annual Convention. Financial support includes administer of accounts, review invoices and issue payments, assist Treasurer in annual budget preparation and payroll. Other duties as assigned by President.
Grade 12 graduate plus successful completion of a recognized secondary program in related field required, or a combination of related educational and experience; working knowledge and experience in computers and computer systems; WordPerfect and Microsoft software, Simply Accounting, email programs, internet and ability to post to and update Facebook page. The applicant will be well organized, work well with others, and possess strong oral and written communication skills and also work well alone. Must be detail oriented and meet regular deadlines. Background knowledge of the labour movement would be considered an asset.
Hours of Work: 30 hours/week (9 am – 12 noon & 1 – 4 pm) Monday to Friday
Salary: $18.00/hr (as per Collective Agreement)
Closing Date: March 03, 2020
Please submit a letter of application and resume with references by March 03, 2020 to the PEI Federation of Labour, 326 Patterson Drive, Charlottetown, PE C1A 8K4 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org
We thank all applicants for their interest. Only those selected for interview will be contacted.
CUPE Workshop Calendar – 2019-2020
|Date / Location||Workshop||Registration Deadline||Registration Link|
|Oct. 26-27, 2019
|Introduction to Stewarding
|Oct. 25, 2019||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3062
|Nov. 13-14, 2019
|Bargaining Program / LET
How Bargaining Works, Conflict-ready Executives, Leading as a Team
|Nov. 12, 2019||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3063
Dec. 12-13, 2019
Credit Union Place
Local Executive Training:
|Dec. 11, 2019||Financial Essentials
|Jan. 16-17, 2020
|Local Executive Training:
Mobilizing for Bargaining and
Leading as a Team
|Jan. 15, 2020||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3065
|Feb. 13-14, 2020
|Health & Safety Modules
Workload and Overwork, Violence Prevention, Making Committees Work
|Feb. 12, 2020||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3071
|Mar. 7-8, 2020
Credit Union Place
|Transforming Conflict||March 6, 2020||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3072
|Apr. 21-22, 2020
|Leadership Executive Training
|Apr. 20, 2020||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3073
|May 6-7, 2020
|Steward Learning Series
Popular Economics for Stewards, What Stewards need to know about Arbitration, Understanding Mental Health
|May 5, 2020||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3074
|June 4-5, 2020
|Respect at Work and Essentials for Inclusive Unions||June 3, 2020||https://cupe.ca/mrm-union-education/event/3074
“This is certainly a status quo budget for PEI” said Leonard Gallant, president of CUPE PEI.
CUPE PEI is pleased this government is maintaining the previous administration’s investments in Education, such as 42 additional educational assistant positions. Unfortunately, the new minority government is also repeating some previous mistakes in long-term care services.
“Four million dollars in grants for private-sector long-term care beds is not a winning formula to improve senior care. A 100% public model, which is for the public, by the public, would be preferable,” said Gallant.
CUPE PEI notes the promised 100 new long-term care beds does not necessarily mean 100 new spots. “It will likely mean that current private providers receive more money to cover their existing beds that were not subsided, rather than new spaces,” said Gallant.
“I am disappointed the new Green MLAs did not push for general minimum wage increases in this budget,” said Gallant. “This certainly leaves a big hole in this government’s poverty reduction strategy,” concluded Gallant.
Charlottetown – Leonard Gallant has been elected president of PEI Division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. Representing over 3300 members on the Island in many sectors such as municipalities, healthcare and education.
“With the current provincial minority government situation and the federal election coming up this fall, it is certainly an interesting time to become president of CUPE PEI,” noted Leonard Gallant, president of CUPE PEI.
Gallant is a health care worker who has been an active trade unionist since the 1990’s. In addition to being CUPE PEI acting president since 2018, Gallant has been president of CUPE Local 1779 for over 12 years and has sat on various provincial and national pension committees.
“I am grateful to have obtained the confidence of CUPE members for this position,” said Gallant. “In my mandate, it is a priority for me to have the labour workers’ voices heard so politicians fight against inequalities and improve our public services,” he added.
“Every April 28th, workers across the country and around the globe gather to remember workers that were killed or injured at work. In Canada, on average, a worker dies every eight hours,” said Jason Woodbury CUPE PEI representative sitting on the National Health and Safety Committee.
It was CUPE’s National Health and Safety Committee who in 1984, first proposed the idea of a day to remember workers injured or killed on the job. Soon after, CUPE at the national, provincial and local levels, along with the Canadian Labour Congress, began to recognize April 28th as the Day of Mourning.
“We are inviting all Islanders to take the time to remember those workers on April 28th and if possible, participate in the flag raising ceremonies on this day,” added Woodbury.
“We also encourage employers across the province to recognize the Day of Mourning and to set up regulations that will make our workplaces safer and healthier,” concluded Leonard Gallant, CUPE PEI Acting President.
We identified concerns and issues facing our members and all islanders. Parties and candidates were asked these questions . Some have responded and some have not as of yet. We are sharing the list of questions along with the responses from the candidates we had conversations with over the past couple of weeks: Candidates Survey for 2019 PEI Election
Read all political parties platforms here :