Greetings,

Please see the details and registration link to join a protest on the Ford Government’s  lack of response on Long Term Care. This promises to be a good event as the opposition parties have agreed to take part by asking questions sharing your experiences and demanding answers at the Ontario Legislature next week on May 18th from 10:30 am to 12:30.

Lets virtually pack the legislature with Unifor members and participate in the joint actions as provided for below!

In solidarity,

Andy Savela  

Director of Health Care/Directeur des soins de santé

 

Outraged at the Ford government’s response on Long-Term Care

Tuesday May 18 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. 

PACK THE PUBLIC GALLERIES of the ONTARIO LEGISLATURE 

(virtually)                

Use the hashtag #FordFailedSeniors

We can’t fill the Legislature physically during the shutdown but we can organize thousands of Ontarians to 

pack the Public Galleries virtually for Question Period

  • Join the Facebook livestream with live comment & send in your reaction https://www.facebook.com/ontariohealth
  • Watch Doug Ford & his Ministers as Opposition Parties welcome all of us, demand answers, raise your questions and experiences
  • Press conference on the livestream: noon immediately following Question Period

Pour on the pressure. Make the Ford government take responsibility & commit to finally fix LTC.

This is what you can do to make it powerful:

Register to be there & hold Ford accountable. Email ohc@sympatico.ca with your name and town so we can tell the opposition parties you are there. Use the subject line FordFailedSeniors so we can easily spot your email. Include a sentence or two if you have a personal experience with long-term care for the opposition parties to raise if they can, pushing for the key changes as follows.

Organize others you know to join in also. Send us their names, towns and one or two sentences if they have a personal experience as above. 

It would be powerful if we could get 4,000 people committed to join, representing the 4,000 long-term care residents and staff who died in LTC in the pandemic.

Use the hashtag #FordFailedSeniors and post your message to @fordnation on Tuesday March 18 — more ideas for social media to follow. 

Urgently Get Care & Staffing Up– No More Delays 

Terribly inadequate care in Ontario’s long-term care homes continues, with staffing levels worse than they were even before the pandemic (and they were in crisis then). The LTC Commission was clear: improved care and staffing levels cannot wait four more years as Ford has planned. There has been no response from Ford’s government on fast-tracking the increase in care to get to a minimum standard of 4-hours per resident per day; no improvements in wages and working conditions to recruit and retain staff; no requirement that LTC homes provide the care that they are supposed to provide. 

Immediately Institute Accountability & Enforcement 

The LTC legislation requires adequate care to meet residents’ needs. It is never enforced. In the pandemic, care levels plummeted and they remain terribly low. The Ford government still has not reinstated the comprehensive annual surprise inspections that they cancelled when they took office. Ford has made no commitment to do so. Not one LTC home owner has been fined for their terrible negligence. Not one has lost their license. In fact, the Ford government passed legislation shielding themselves and the for-profits with horrific track records facing lawsuits from liability for their negligence. We are demanding meaningful accountability and enforcement for the LTC homes now. 

The Ford government itself also failed to act and continues to do so. They were late, their response was inadequate, they left thousands to die without care and without adequate protection. There has been no apology, no contrition, no conscience. We demand accountability from the Ford government for their role in failing long-term care.

An end to for-profit long-term care 

Not only have they failed to hold LTC owners accountable, the Ford government has actually awarded new 30-year licenses and expansions to the very worst of the for-profit LTC chain companies. In fact the for-profits have not only taken profit through the entire pandemic, a number of them have awarded themselves sizeable bonuses. For-profit LTC homes had double the death rate of the non-profits and five times the death rate of the public (municipal) homes. Thousands of families suffered terrible loss. Tens of thousands of residents suffered horrifically, many never to regain their former abilities. We are demanding an end to for-profit long-term care. Public funding and resident fees should go to care, not profits, executive bonuses and lucrative contracts. 

Urgently take all measures necessary to get essential families and caregivers in and lift too-onerous restrictions on LTC residents without waiting months longer. Ontario’s vaccination program must fast-track the full vaccination (including 2nd shots) of LTC staff, residents and essential caregivers. The new directives regarding lifting restrictions require high thresholds of vaccination, including 2nd shots, but people cannot get them. The homes that are continuing to impose too-onerous restrictions, locking in residents and restricting essential caregivers and family from seeing them, must be required to respect the fundamental human rights of residents. 

Ontario Health Coalition
15 Gervais Drive, Suite 201
Toronto, ON M3C 1Y8
www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca
416-441-2502

 

 

Dear Members,

Many essential workers across the province will be eligible to book a vaccine appointment as of today, Tuesday May 11, 2021.

The province’s eligibility list is expanding to include many workers who are unable to work from home. This includes critical retail, some transportation, warehousing and distribution, communications infrastructure, oil and mining, and more. For more information and to view a full list of eligible sectors visit the provincial website at covid-19.ontario.ca.

If you already received your vaccination, consider using Unifor’s, “I got vaccinated” Facebook frame to share the good news with your friends list.

All essential workers deserve priority access to vaccinations, and the union continues to push for this goal, as well as paid sick days for all workers in Ontario. Add your name to this campaign at unifor.org/prioritizeworkers.

For up to date information about worker support programs and to see how Unifor advocates for members, visit unifor.org/covid19.

In solidarity,
Naureen Rizvi
Ontario Regional Director

 

Frequently asked questions (faq) on ontario covid-19 worker income protection benefit

Due to the rapidly changing circumstances surrounding COVID-19 and its impact on workers, program support
criteria are subject to change. Be sure to visit www.unifor.org/covid19 to download updated versions of this
fact sheet.

Note: On February 19, 2021, the federal government announced proposed legislative and regulatory
changes that would increase the number of weeks of benefits available for the Canada Recovery Benefit

(CRB), the Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), and Employment Insurance (EI) regular benefits
https://www.canada.ca/en/employment-social-development/news/2021/02/crb-extension.html

On April 29, 2021, the Government of Ontario passed legislation mandating that employers provide
employees with paid sick leave under the Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit. The program
entitles workers to take up to three days of paid sick leave at up to $200 per day in wages, if they are:


going for a COVID-19 test or staying home awaiting the results of a COVID-19 test

sick with COVID-19

advised to self-isolate due to COVID-19 by an employer, medical practitioner or other authority

going to get vaccinated or recovering from vaccination side-effect

taking care of a dependent who is:

sick with COVID-19 or has symptoms of COVID-19

self-isolating due to COVID-19

getting vaccinated or recovering from vaccination side-effect


These temporary measures, referred to as ‘infectious disease emergency leave pay’, will be retroactive to April
19, 2021 and will end on September 25, 2021.

This FAQ document aims to provide Unifor members with the most up to date answers we have on frequently
asked questions about Ontario’s temporary paid sick leave measures.


If I already have paid sick leave as part of my current collective agreement or employment contract, will I
get an additional three days of paid sick days?


No, you will be topped up to three days of paid sick leave if you have one or two days of paid sick leave under
your current employment contract. Any workers who already have three or more days of paid sick leave will
not be covered by the new paid sick leave measures.


What if I have to take more than three days of sick leave? Can I continue to take sick leave for as long as I
am ill or for other reasons related to COVID-19?


Yes, employees are currently entitled to take unpaid sick leave under Ontario’s infectious disease emergency
leave measures, which allows workers to take unpaid sick leave for reasons related to COVID-19 without fear
of reprisal or dismissal by their employers.


If I take unpaid sick leave after my three days of paid sick leave, can I apply for compensation through the
Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB)?


Only if the unpaid sick days fall within a one-week period during which you received no paid sick days.
Unfortunately, the current CRSB rules do not allow you to apply for the CRSB for days that fall within a week
when you received paid leave from your employer.
For example, if you were ill all week and took paid sick leave from Monday to Wednesday, you would not be
eligible to be compensated through the CRSB for any unpaid leave taken on Thursday and Friday. Any days of
unpaid sick leave taken the following week would be eligible for the CRSB.


Will I need a sick note to prove to my employer that I was absent for reasons related to COVID-19?


Employers cannot ask you for a sick note or medical certificate from a nurse or doctor to prove that you were
eligible for sick leave (whether paid or unpaid), but may require you to provide ‘evidence reasonable in the
circumstances’, which is determined on a case-by-case basis. Examples include a printout or screenshot of
information issued by a public health official advising quarantine/self-isolation or a copy of an order to self
isolate.


For more information, please refer to the province’s infectious disease emergency leave information.


What if I take a few hours off from work to get vaccinated? Will my paid sick leave only apply to the hours I
am absent from work?


Under the paid sick leave legislation, taking part of a day counts as taking a full day of leave. In other words, if
you only take a few hours from work for vaccination or any other COVID-19 related reason, you are considered
to have taken a full paid day of sick leave.

unifor.org/COVID19


I make less than $200 a day. What will my employer pay me if I take sick days under these new measures?


If you make less than $200 a day, you will be paid your regular wages for the day, not including any overtime
that would have otherwise been paid.


I make more than $200 a day. Is my employer required to pay me my full wages for the day if I take sick
leave under these new measures?


No, employers are only obligated to pay up to $200 per day for any days of sick leave taken under the new
measures

 Your employer may elect to pay you more, but the maximum amount they can be reimbursed by
the Workplace Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB) is $200 per day.


I earn part of my pay from tips and/or commissions. Will the paid sick leave measures cover what I usually
earn from these sources?


No, the paid sick leave measures will only cover your base wages.


I work as a freelancer and/or independent contractor. Am I covered by this new program?


No, the legislation implementing the program only applies to individuals defined as ‘employees’ under
Ontario’s Employment Standards Act (ESA), which does not include independent contractors or freelancers.
However, as a freelancer or independent contractor, you are eligible to apply for the Canada Recovery Sickness
Benefit (CRSB).


If I took unpaid sick leave on or after April 19, 2021 for reasons related to COVID-19, but before the
legislation was enacted on April 29, am I still eligible for the three days of paid sick leave?


Yes, but you must inform your employer in writing by May 13, 2021 that you intend to take those days as paid
sick leave.


What if I am called in for a shift at the last minute but cannot work for reasons related to COVID-19? Will I
be eligible for paid sick leave?


If you were scheduled by the employer for a shift and were then unavailable to work due to reasons related to
COVID-19, yes, you are eligible. If the employer simply called you to see if you were available to work that day,
no, you are not eligible for paid sick leave.


How much notice am I required to give my employer in order to take paid sick leave? For example, am
I eligible for paid sick leave if I elect to attend a pop-up vaccination clinic that is announced at the last
minute?


There is no requirement to give your employer a specific amount of notice to take paid sick leave under the
new measures. However, you must inform your employer that you are unavailable to work for COVID-19
related reasons as soon as you can.

unifor.org/COVID19

Who can I contact for more information?


You can call the designated Ontario COVID-19 Worker Income Protection Benefit Information Centre at
1-888-999-2248.


For more COVID-19 related worker support information, visit www.unifor.org/covid19
Prepared by Unifor

INCOME PROTECTION BENEFIT

unifor.org/COVID19



Unifor will be marking the Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job with an online ceremony to remember workers who have died in the past year.

Last year’s Day of Mourning, April 28, came just as the COVID-19 pandemic was beginning, and few of us could imagine that we would still be in its grips a year later.

According to the Association of Workers’ Compensation Boards of Canada, 925 workers died on the job or were killed by occupational disease in 2019, the last year for which statistics are available, and there were 271,806 lost time claims.

At Unifor over the past year, 17 members have died on the job, including five with COVID-19. Four members of FFAW-Unifor were killed in just one day.

“This has been an extremely difficult year, one we hope to never see repeated. It is important that we come together to remember, and to commit to prevent any more such needless deaths,” Unifor National President Jerry Dias said.

Join with other Unifor staff and activists for the online commemoration on April 28:

  • When: April 28, 7pm ET
  • Where: Click here to register.
  • Who: Speakers will include Unifor National President Jerry Dias, Unifor Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne, Western Regional Director Gavin McGarrigle, Ontario Regional Director Naureen Rizvi, Atlantic Regional Director Linda MacNeil, Assistant to the National President Joie Warnock, Director Health, Safety and Environment Sari Sairanen.
  • What: There will be a moment of silence for the lost members, including a video tribute to lost members, and a call to action.

Please mark this time and date in your calendars and register to attend in advance on Zoom.

In solidarity,

Jerry Dias
National President

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LOCAL & NATIONAL UNION BURSARIES

UNIFOR LOCAL 27 JIM ASHTON MEMORIAL BURSARIES

Up to three (3) Memorial Bursaries in the amount of $1,000.00 which will be awarded to a child of a UNIFOR Local 27 member entering the first year of a full-time course of study, leading to a diploma, certificate or degree from any recognized Canadian College or University.

 

The Bursaries are being offered by UNIFOR Local 27 in the memory of Jim Ashton, past President of our Local, President of the London District Labour Council and a CAW National Executive Board Member.

 

 Applicants for the Bursaries are required to write a 1,000, word paper on the following topic:

 

 In what specific way do you think Unifor has had a positive impact on workers and their communities and how relevant (or not) are Unions in your life?

 

 

  WE INVITE APPLICATIONS FOR THE JIM ASHTON MEMORIAL BURSARIES 

 

  APPLICATION DEADLINE – FRIDAY, JULY 30, 2021

 

 

UNIFOR National Union & Regional Council Scholarships

Twenty-three (23) scholarships valued at $2,000.00 each will be awarded to sons/daughters of Unifor members in good standing. 

Eligible students must be entering their first year of full time post secondary education (university, community college, technological institute, trades school, etc.) in a public Canadian institution.

A committee appointed by the Unifor National Executive Board will make the selection of candidates.

APPLICATION DEADLINE IS MONDAY, JUNE 7, 2021

 

Applications are available : follow Link below

www.unifor.org/en/education/scholarships

Unifor Ontario Regional Council Thanks Essential Workers

Members,

A year ago, when our lives and jobs suddenly changed, we were inspired by just how quickly workers banded together to support one another, and keep each other safe.

Your Ontario Regional Council executive is grateful for the essential workers who are carrying us through this pandemic. We think this appreciation should be shared with all members and with workers across the province, union or non-union.

That’s why today, we’re launching a new video that spreads that message, and we want you to see it first.

Watch on Facebook.       Watch on Twitter.           Watch on YouTube.

After watching, share this video with an essential worker in your life to show your appreciation for their work.

Your union is working hard to maintain up-to-date information on COVID-19 including public health efforts, health and safety, and income supports. Visit the Unifor COVID-19 Information and Resources page to stay informed.

As we enter yet another province-wide lockdown, your union is still keeping our foot on the gas and holding the Ford’s conservatives to account.

The fact is that the Ontario Government can and must do more to keep workers and our families safe.

The burden and harm of this pandemic is not being felt evenly, as some sectors remain decimated and shuttered, and as essential workers face workplace spread of the virus and new, more deadly, variants.

We are grateful for all essential workers, and that is why we fight for a ramped-up vaccine distribution, stronger workplace protections, and paid sick days for all workers.

You can add your name to the call for paid sick days as well. Please sign the petition today.

So once again, to Ontario’s essential workers, thank you. Unifor will continue to fight for you.

 

In solidarity,

Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director
Scott McILmoyle, Chairperson
Tullio DiPonti, Secretary-Treasurer
Tim McKinnon, Member at Large
James Stewart, Member at Large
Debbie Montgomery, Member at Large
Jamie Martinez, Member at Large
Jim Fling, Member at Large
Lisa Tucker, Member at Large
Carleen Finch, Member at Large

 Ontario Regional Council Executive

March 31, 2021

Unifor recognizes and invites all members to celebrate the International Transgender Day of Visibility tomorrow, March 31. This annual day celebrates the value and resilience of transgender people both within the union and around the world.

Trans people are those who identify with a gender other than the one assigned at birth, and exist within all countries, communities and religious groups around the world. This identity is separate from an individual’s sexual orientation.

More than a year into the pandemic, as we turn our attention to recovery, Unifor encourages members and locals to centre trans people in your advocacy. It is well established that workers in already precarious and part time jobs faced instability and financial loss during this pandemic.

A recent Trans PULSE Report found that fewer than 50% of transgender people in Canada are employed full-time.

COVID-19 has interrupted and overloaded our health care systems. The same study, which included survey data from 2019, also found that 45% of respondents reported unmet health care needs  and 12% had avoided going to the emergency room, despite needing care.

As we consider both the immediate and long-term affects of the COVID-19 pandemic, Unifor asks members to fight for trans and non-binary workers so that workplaces, health care and other essential services celebrate and welcome trans people.

As we advocate for governments to #BuildBackBetter, trans people must be centred in future fiscal stimulus, job creation and public services must work for everyone, including trans people in Canada.

Unifor wishes to honour trans and non-binary members, who continue to help build our union and strengthen our movement. Through their contributions and labour our union and society is made better, more educated and compassionate.

Unifor asks members to share a message of support and solidarity on the Trans Day of Visibility.

Click here to download poster

Click here to download shareable    

View the statement on our website here.

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The History of Our Breath

During Black History Month, we celebrate the many achievements and contributions of Black Canadians who, throughout history, have done so much to make Canada the culturally diverse, compassionate and prosperous nation it is today.

This Black History Month we want to speak to the importance of our breath.

Breathing is an exchange of the experience, knowledge and contributions of Black people. At the 2017 Ontario Regional Council, Bermuda Public Service Union Vice President Linda Bogle Mienzer delivered a powerful speech about allowing people to breathe in their full identity in order to live. We see globally that is contested for Black people. The epidemic of extreme police violence, most recently epitomized by George Floyd’s murder at the hands of Minneapolis police, proves that “I can’t breathe” is still an urgent rallying call for systemic change.  Breath is vital and it is essential for life.

Black History Month should not only be about struggle, is about the resilience of people, but it is also about the determination, the success and accomplishments of Black people.

Just like the millions of people who marched, declaring boldly, that Black Lives Matter, our goal is for Black members to feel comfortable in their diverse identities to breathe in all of our spaces, including at their workplaces, union events and activities.

We will celebrate Black history, Black present and Black future, not only during the month of February, but every day.

This year, Unifor reaffirms our commitment to listen, acknowledge, support, and make space for Black people in our locals, workplaces, communities. We have many Black leaders in our union and we are committed to supporting their success.

Unifor will be featuring Black Unifor members from across the country in short videos speaking to the “History of our breath” on our social media channels. 

Please share those and this powerful message, the attached shareable and please support virtual Black history events and organizations in your community.

Happy Black History Month.

Download the shareable

View statement on our website here.

Solidarity | Solidarité

Christine Maclin

Director, Human Rights
Directrice, Les Droits Humains

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Notice for all Unifor Local 27 RPNs

Greetings,

It’s my pleasure to let you know that the Executive Board of Local 27 has approved a plan to reimburse Local 27 RPNs 10% off their membership into WeRPN (formerly RPNAO, Registered Practical Nurses Association of Ontario). This new initiative will begin with the new membership year for WeRPN that starts in July 2020.

We think this is an important initiative and encourage all RPNs to visit the WeRPN website at www.werpn.com to look at what the membership has to offer nurses. This protection is available if you are involved with disputes or claims with CNO and require advise and representation which your employer or union may not be able to provide directly. One of the most important components of the Membership includes the professional liability protection insurance, with a $1,000,000 limit for each loss per nurse and $3,000,000 limit for all losses per year per nurse. It provides protection against malpractice claims arising from real or alleged errors or omissions, including negligence. As a member you are covered for the following: subpoenaed to appear before a legally constituted tribunal in Ontario; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in matters arising out of the Regulated Health Professional Act (1991) and any amending or superseding legislation; subpoenaed to appear as a witness in an incident relating to his/her profession of nursing; received a letter of complaint from the College of Nurses of Ontario as a result of a complaint, laid under Regulated Health Professions Act (1991) and any amending or superseding Legislation.

As your representatives we were shocked to learn that we would not be able to represent you if you had to appear before the Ontario College of Nurses should you be charged with any type of professional misconduct. Nursing as a profession is rewarding, we think it’s important that you look at becoming a member of WeRPN and want as a union to show our appreciation for the work that you do and provide you with this rebate to assist and enable you in your own practice.

Please fill out the form below to apply for your WeRPN 10% before tax rebate. Be sure to include a copy of your July 1st, 2020 to June 30th, 2021 membership receipt / transaction details.  Your rebate will be sent to you by mail, so please allow some time for processing – Your patience is much appreciated. Please note, this offer is only available to Unifor Local 27 RPNs.

In Solidarity,

Brian Chapman

President Local 27

*Important Note: If you have difficulty uploading your WeRPN membership receipt / transaction details through the below form, please send all required info & file to the following email address –  jim.wilkes@local27.ca

College of Nurses #
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Unifor Policy on Racial Justice

Dear members,
On Friday, June 12, Unifor’s National Executive Board unanimously endorsed the new Racial Justice Policy. Considering the protests against racism globally, we as trade unionists must not merely name the problem, but work every day towards equality. We must reflect on the inherent structures of power that advantage some over others. We must understand the connections between capitalism and racism. We must use the power of love and solidarity to build the better world we know is possible. And we must listen. Listen to our friends, our sisters and brothers, who face racism every single day. We’re asking you to share this policy and to make it shareable in all workplaces and within your local.

In solidarity,

 

To view Unifor’s Policy on Racial Justice, please follow  the Link below

Mental Health Resources: We’re in this together

https://www.unifor.org/covid19mentalhealth

Due to the outbreak of COVID-19

As per the directive from our National Union, the Local 27 offices will be closed to the public until further notice.

If you require assistance please contact us by phone or email as listed below.

Brian Chapman, President:

                E: brian.chapman@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 222

                Cell: 519-319-3657

Jim Wilkes, Financial Secretary:

                E: jim.wilkes@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 223

                Cell: 519-868-4066

Jim Kennedy, 1st Vice President:

                E: jim.kennedy@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 Ext 229

                Cell: 519-697-0360

 Tracy Holmes, VP Healthcare:

                E: tracy.holmes@local27.ca

                Phone: 519-455-3430 ext 225

                Cell:519-318-8224

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