Covid-19 Updates

UPDATE: April 24, 2020 
NEW Covid-19 Support & Resources

UPDATE: April 14, 2020

Message from NSUPE’s President

NSUPE would like to extend our extreme gratitude to those working on the front lines of our society during the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. This includes, but is not limited to, members within our union – the workers of Canadian Blood Services in Halifax and PEI, the workers of Conway Workshop Association in Digby, the room attendants at Quality Inn Airport Hotel, the inside workers of Halifax Regional Municipality, the workers of Homes of Independent Living Nova Scotia, and all employees in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, and beyond who are required to work in close contact with the public.

I know that many of these workers have no other choice but to work, despite their fears and the risks not only to themselves but to their loved ones. To add insult to injury, many of these workers who have been designated as “essential” continue to work despite being deprived of something equally essential – a livable wage. 

I hope that once we reach the other side of this crisis, we will reflect on the injustices and inequalities that it has made painfully clear and that we take action to prevent these shameful inadequacies from continuing. No one should have to live without a home, without food, or without other items that are essential to maintaining the quality of life. We have the capacity and the ability to take care of the people who live alongside us.

Here’s to hoping for a better future. 

In solidarity, 

Shelby Kennedy
NSUPE President
president@nsupe.ca 

UPDATE: April 2, 2020

For the latest information on eligibility requirements and application dates, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/services/benefits/ei/cerb-application.htm. Note that the Government of Canada currently expects that they will begin accepting applications on April 6, 2020. 

UPDATE: March 27, 2020

Any NSUPE member who has lost their income due to the Covid-19 pandemic may be eligible to receive the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). This benefit will provide up to  $2,000/month for up to four months.

The CERB would cover Canadians who have lost their job, are sick, quarantined, or taking care of someone who is sick with COVID-19, as well as working parents who must stay home without pay to care for children who are sick or at home because of school and daycare closures. The CERB would apply to wage earners, as well as contract workers and self-employed individuals who would not otherwise be eligible for Employment Insurance (EI).

Additionally, workers who are still employed, but are not receiving income because of disruptions to their work situation due to COVID-19, would also qualify for the CERB.

For full information, please visit https://www.canada.ca/en/department-finance/news/2020/03/introduces-canada-emergency-response-benefit-to-help-workers-and-businesses.html 

UPDATE: March 17, 2020

We wanted to provide NSUPE members with some brief updates.

First and foremost, we want to let all NSUPE members know that we are here and would like to use this opportunity to encourage you to reach out to your Business Agent, Local Executive, or the NSUPE office, if there is any kind of support that you need during this unprecedented time. We may not have answers but we are happy to work with you to help you find the information or support that you need. Full contact information for NSUPE can be found at www.nsupe.ca/contact. Local-specific contact information can also be found on our website under the Member Resources section, which is accessible at www.nsupe.ca/member-resources.

We encourage members to take care of your health and practice social distancing if you must go out. With this in mind, many restaurants and some vendors from the Halifax Seaport Farmers Market are either currently offering or soon will be offering delivery of their products. Also, the Atlantic Superstore has made its PC Express Click-n-Collect service free for all to use so that people can avoid going into the store. This service can be accessed through the Atlantic Superstore’s website or the PC Express app.

We do not want to contribute to the misinformation floating around or the anxiety that many of us are currently feeling. We will mostly refrain from posting information regarding Covid-19, however, please contact us if you would like us to provide you with some links to some reliable sources of information. We strongly discourage relying on the media for updates and instead recommend using official government sources of information.

As the Covid-19 situation evolves, we would like members to know that we will do our best to be as responsive as possible to all inquiries. Please call ahead to the NSUPE Office at 103 Thorne Avenue at (902) 422-9495, to ensure that it is open and confirm that any meetings you may have scheduled have not been cancelled.

In solidarity,

Shelby Kennedy
President
Nova Scotia Union of Public & Private Employees