Tomorrow is Tuesday, April 28, a day where we had planned to come together to honour and remember those who have lost their life, were injured, or became ill as a result of their work. The Day of Mourning is observed annually on April 28 in communities throughout Canada with wreath-laying ceremonies. While we are unable to gather together to show our solidarity, we can still support one another, share stories and memories, and observe a moment of silence.
We encourage you to visit online resources, reach out to someone, and take some time to reflect. We have included some online resources below.
As always, please feel free to connect with NSUPE staff, business agents/lawyers, Executive Council Members, or Local Executives if you need to talk, have questions, or require support. Contact information can be found on NSUPE’s website at www.nsupe.ca/contact or www.nsupe.ca/member-resources by visiting your specific Local’s webpage.
Day of Mourning online resources
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We are now in week two of physical distancing. What is physical distancing, you ask? Well, it’s the new-and-improved term for social distancing because social interaction is still encouraged. We’d all just prefer that you maintain a physical distance whenever possible. This means that you should still check in on your family, friends, coworkers, and neighbours through telephone conversations, text messaging, video chats, email, social media, or calling out over a distance greater than two meters. The further the better.
So the big question on my mind is how is your mental health faring? Uncertainty makes most people anxious. Most sources I can find online say that we should all try to get some fresh air, exercise, eat healthily, and stay connected with family and friends. Are you trying to do these things regularly?
For anyone who has been impacted by layoffs or must continue to work because you provide an essential service, we are here for you. We understand that these things further complicate an already difficult time. If you need assistance, support, or just to talk, we are here for you. Contact information for NSUPE Business Agents, Local Executives, Executive Council Members, Table Officers and more can be found online at www.nsupe.ca.
Members who are in Locals 2, 13, and 14, you have access to the Employee and Family Assistance Program, which is available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. We encourage you to take advantage of this completely confidential and free resource if you need support during this time. The contact information for these programs can also be found on your Local pages at www.nsupe.ca.
For information related to mental health and Covid-19, we strongly suggest visiting the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health’s website by clicking here. This website includes information on coping with stress and anxiety, dealing with quarantine and isolation, and information on stigma and prejudice.
Lastly, we encourage everyone to post, connect, and share on NSUPE’s social media accounts. Links are provided below.
At NSUPE’s Convention in November 2019, members in attendance participated in a 50/50 draw. Members voted to use the money raised to purchase toothbrushes for the Phoenix Centre for Youth.
According to their website, the Phoenix Centre for Youth is a walk-in centre for youth 16 – 24 years old that offers housing supports, advocacy, parenting support, a nurse, and emergency assistance, including food, clothing, and laundry facilities.
In speaking with Darren Howie, Manager of the Phoenix Centre for Youth, we learned that the PCFY makes their facilities and items as accessible as possible to contribute to the health, self-esteem, and normalcy for the local youth that use their services.
It was a pleasure to visit the Phoenix Centre for Youth, on behalf of the NSUPE members, to learn how they improve the lives of local youth. For more information, on the Phoenix House and the Phoenix Centre for Youth, please visit www.phoenixyouth.ca.
Living in Atlantic Canada, we are bound to get some inclement weather from time to time. Because of this, about half of NSUPE’s Locals have something in their collective agreement about inclement weather. However, there is a wide discrepancy around what NSUPE members can expect if a storm hits. Continue reading “Dealing with Inclement Weather”