As you already know, letters were recently sent to top cabinet ministers of the government, as well as MPs who have institutions in their riding, demanding this recognition.
On January 22, members of your National executive, and the CSN co-ordinator, met with the Treasury Board President Jean-Yves Duclos and on February 18th, a meeting was also held with the Minister of Public Safety, Bill Blair. We tabled our demand on “Hazard pay” once again with these ministers and discussed the ongoing situation as it relates to the pandemic. As we continue our pursuit, we have also reached out to the office of Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland on several occasions to place our demands on her table as well.
320 Members Affected
Since March 2020, over 320 members have tested positive for COVID-19. Per Capita, this figure is staggering when compared to the number of workers reporting to the workplace.
Approximately 5% of our membership have contracted this virus, which clearly signals the disproportionate effect this pandemic has had on our membership.
We have experienced significant outbreaks at many sites across the country and have been restricted by public health order to isolate in our homes away from family, because of our work. As nearly every province has taken steps to recognize the sacrifice of essential workers during this pandemic, the federal government has yet to take steps to recognize our work that is being done on the front line.
Recognition for all
Financial recognition for the essential work our members continue to perform could come in many forms, but we have made it clear that we are seeking recognition for all members who have reported to work during this pandemic. We have been assured by both Ministers that the discussion on our demands will happen in Caucus. What we hope is that we are soon contacted by the Treasury Board to negotiate financial recognition for our members.