Message from the District about COVID-19

from Rod Allnutt, Director of Human Resources, SD#37:
I know that many Delta staff are feeling anxious in the current environment. First and foremost, please continue to care for yourself and those around you. The BC Centre for Disease Control website contains some very useful information about COVID-19 and, most importantly, specific things we can all do to prevent contracting or spreading the virus: http://www.bccdc.ca/health-info/diseases-conditions/covid-19

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CUPE BC News

Updates to CUPE members in the Community Health Sector RE: COVID-19

Dear CUPE members in the community health sector,
As the province responds to the COVID-19 public health emergency, the Provincial Health Officer has issued orders and the BCCDC and Ministry of Health continue to provide more information which we can share with you. This information has been updated today, is summarized in this bulletin and is posted in greater detail on our frequently updated COVID-19 FAQ page.

K-12 Bulletin #2 - FAQ

The COVID-19 situation continues to change rapidly and we are all working to respond effectively and quickly, not only in terms of public health, but also to best support our membersand provide information on actions being taken by the B.C. government and school districts.
Each district is developing their own plan for continuity of learning and a safety plan to keep students and staff safe.

K-12 update from CUPE BC and the Ministry of Education regarding COVID19

Dear CUPE members,
We want to thank you for your patience and understanding as government, school districts, Canadian Union of Public Employees and teachers work together to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic and the suspension of in-school classes. We know it has been a difficult time for everyone involved. The decision to suspend in-classroom learning was made on Tuesday, March 17, under the direction of the Provincial Health Officer. This action was necessary to help prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect the health of all British Columbians.

CUPE National News

CUPE calls on federal government to close gaps in critical support for workers

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is urging the federal government to increase the accessibility of benefits for workers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.

In a letter to Finance Minister Bill Morneau and Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough on April 3, CUPE National President Mark Hancock called for significant changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit to ensure more workers can access critical support during these unprecedented times.

CUPE calls for more COVID-19 protections at nursing homes

One fifth of the staff at McKenzie Town Care Centre have tested positive for COVID-19, a situation that has their union calling for big changes to the way the province handles staffing in the long-term care sector.

CUPE Alberta President Rory Gill wrote to Health Minister Tyler Shandro suggesting detailed measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Gill’s letter said current rules allowing workers to move from facility to facility, while still leaving most seniors’ facilities dangerously short staffed, were not sufficient.

CUPE calling for immediate provision of proper PPE and sick pay for home care workers

The Union that represents home care workers in the WRHA, Southern Health-Santé Sud, and Northern Regional Health Authority, sent a letter today to Cameron Friesen, Minister of Health, Seniors and Active Living, asking that home care workers immediately be provided with personal protective equipment (PPE), in accordance to the April 4th directive from Shared Health, and that fully paid sick leave be extended to home care workers for the duration of the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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