TORONTO — In recognition of the dedication, long hours and increased risk of working to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is providing frontline staff with a temporary pandemic payment.
This increase will provide four dollars per hour worked on top of existing hourly wages, regardless of the qualified employee’s hourly wage. In addition, employees working over 100 hours per month would receive lump sum payments of $250 per month for each of the next four months. This means that eligible employees working an average of 40 hours per week would receive $3,560 in additional compensation. Those eligible to receive the payment will be staff working in long-term care homes, retirement homes, emergency shelters, supportive housing, social services congregate care settings, corrections institutions and youth justice facilities, as well as those providing home and community care and some staff in hospitals. Read More
IAM District 78 is providing a dedicated person, on staff, to assist IAM members with the Employment Insurance process, to answer questions around Personal Protective Equipment and to answer general questions regarding COVID19. Allison is available during regular office hours by phone at 416-729-5563 or by email email@example.com
To: All Staff, Districts and Local Lodges in Ontario
Dear Sister and Brothers,
While we’re advising members of the different measures being taken by the federal government and the EI program, please note that additional financial help is available through Ontario Works. Members in Ontario can contact
Ontario Works in their city for help with food, shelter and other costs.
Note that the link takes you to the Toronto page, please advise members to find information about Ontario Works in their city. Ontario Works is advising that
only three offices will remain open, and that questions will be handled online or over the phone. Applications are dealt with electronically.
This link provides an overview of financial help that is available; it’s a lengthy list, please take the time to read carefully.
Winnipeg, MB – Over the weekend, organized labour in Canada celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike. The Immediate post-World War 1 period in Canada was not a time of peace. Soldiers returned home wanting jobs and a normal lifestyle again, only to find factories shutting down and soaring unemployment. Corporate profiteering fed inflation and a high cost of living. Poor factory working conditions caused worker unrest.