COVID-19

Members are encouraged to check back frequently as the information on this page can change at anytime. Please email secretary1329@gmail.com if you locate a valuable resource that you would like to share with the local.

COVID-19 –  Updates:

 

October 20, 2021

How to get your COVID-19 vaccine certificate

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/get-proof/ 

Enter some information to learn how to get your enhanced vaccine certificate (with an official QR code) if you are an Ontario resident.

You can get your certificate no matter where you were vaccinated (for example, at a pharmacy, mass immunization clinic, hospital, or primary care setting).

The vaccine receipts without a QR code are still valid as proof of vaccination. Learn more about proof of vaccination.

Last updated: October 18, 2021

 

September 30, 2021

Ontario Human Rights Commission, releases statement and Q&A’s.

OHRC policy statement on COVID-19 vaccine mandates and proof of vaccine certificates | Ontario Human Rights Commission

http://www.ohrc.on.ca/en/news_centre/covid-19-and-ontario%E2%80%99s-human-rights-code-%E2%80%93-questions-and-answers

 

September 23, 2021

OMECC – Ontario Municipal Employees Coordinating Committee COVD FAQ

The OMECC released COVID FAQ’s.  Click OMECC_FAQ_on_Vaccination_Policies_2021_09_20final to view the document.

September 14, 2021

CUPE ONTARIO RECAP:
Employer Vaccination Policies Town Hall
Many thanks to the thousands of you who joined us for yesterday’s Vaccination Policies Town Hall.

If you were unable to attend or want to re-watch the webinar, the relevant links can be found below or at cupe.on.ca/vaccinepolicyinfo/

FULL RECORDING: EMPLOYER VACCINE POLICIES TOWN HALL

Featuring CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick, CUPE National Health and Safety Representative Paul Sylvestre, infectious disease expert, Dr. Tara Moriarty, and Goldblatt Partners lawyer Daniel Sheppard.
Vaccine FAQ
What is a vaccine? How will COVID-19 vaccines help me?

Can the vaccine make you sick with COVID-19 or make you test positive for the virus?

Will these vaccines protect me from variants?

CUPE has received–and continues to receive–many questions from members concerning COVID-19 vaccines. This linked document addresses some of the most frequently asked questions.

To read our FAQ, click here.

Learn More

Health and Safety Presentation
To view Paul Sylvestre’s important Health and Safety Presentation, click here.

Dr. Tara Moriarty
Infectious disease expert Dr. Tara Moriarty invites CUPE members to participate in the following vaccine education initiatives:

1) If you’re a Canadian who would like to ATTEND a nightly Zoom sessions about COVID-19 vaccine safety, please sign up here:

2) If you’d like to request a special session for your organization, union etc, please contact Grace Kim at gracey.kim@mail.utoronto.ca. First priority for these sessions at the moment are people working & living in long-term care and retirement homes, and their essential caregivers and substitute decision makers.

Town Council – Special Meeting – September 13, 2021

If you missed the meeting of Council, you can view it by clicking here

May 3, 2020

Please feel free to contact your Executive at anytime by email to secretary1329@gmail.comPlease include a telephone number we can reach you at.

UPDATES:

  1. CUPE 1329 & Town Update:  Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the town and council identified a number of positions and work within the organization that they deemed not essential at this time.  Working with the town and the order issued by the Province of Ontario, this affected some of our members. Our goal as a union is to keep our members employed and  how can this be achieved in the situation we are all facing.  Through discussions, the employer provided two positions and work that they have deemed essential. The town has also provided other options to our members, should they not wish to accept the redeployment.  The redeployment is temporary and our members could return to their home position early, or it could be extended. Training and PPE will be provided.  This situation is not just affecting our local, but also the other locals in the town.  If members who are affected and have received a letter, and have questions can contact the local by email vicepresident1329@gmail.com or secretary1329@gmail.com
  2. Communication: As mentioned, the Executive has daily calls with Commissioners and HR, including John Wong with health and safety concerns that have been brought forward.
  3. Health and Safety: Concerns regarding Health and Safety should be directed to Tony – vicepresident1329@gmail.com or Marny – marny.sharpen@oakville.ca. The concerns will be brought to the health and safety committee which includes John Wong.
  4. Bluebeam: As many know, the Plan-It project is still ongoing. Since COVID-19 is playing a huge role in how businesses will operate in the future, the town is going forward with the ability for the public to submit applications online. Over the next several weeks staff will be provided Bluebeam training. This new tech program will change the way the town accepts building, planning and other departments applications, drawings and how they are processed by members. The town will be contacting members who will be using Bluebeam with details. Should members have any concerns, please direct them to Chris Clapham or Marny Sharpen by email stewards1329@gmail.com
  5. Cleaning Supplies for Vehicles: If you require cleaning supplies or hand sanitizer for your town fleet vehicle or your personal vehicle (if used for town business), or if you have questions or concerns if a town vehicle has been cleaned with the AEGIS solution, please direct these to your supervisor or manager first. These requests will help ensure our supplies are stocked and ordered. If your Supervisor or Manager are not able to provide an answer within a timely fashion, please let Tony or Marny know.
  6. CAO Updates: Please continue to visit the COVID-19 page on Portico regularly.
  7. Work Schedules: We have been advised that a number of members have been called back to work, and are either working from home or in their own vehicle, working at the office, or some may not be back to work yet. Whatever your current situation is, the town may reach out to you at any time to request you come back to work and/or change your current work arrangement. This could mean being directed or deployed to another section of the town or altering your current arrangement (i.e. alternate work days or shift rotation). Should you be called back to work and you are unclear of the directions, need clarification, have concerns with what you are to do, or have concerns with the schedule; please speak to your supervisor or manager first. This also involves any concern or request you may have with child or family member care coverage at home.
  8. Factsheets:  The following are facts sheets provided by CUPE National.

Counterpoint – COVID-19 Summer 2020 Special EditionNEW June 22, 2020

WSIB & COVID-19 Factsheet – NEW – May 8, 2020

Guide to COVID19 Work Refusal    Work Refusal_Process

Critical Municipal Services Factsheet

District Social Services Administrative Boards -Fact Sheet

Job Protection Leave Factsheet

Local State of Emergency Factsheet

Ontario State of Emergency Factsheet

Water and Wastewater factsheet – EN

COVID-19_QA

Employee Q&A’s

Members are advised to continue to check the Questions and Answers along with the CAO updates that have been posted on the Portico site. As this situation is constantly changing, the information provided by the town is updated.

What Can You Do?

Member Idea! During this time of uncertainty due to COVID-19, an idea to help our local/community was submitted. If you are interested in participating, please send an email to secretary1329@gmail.com 

Check IN: Talk with your fellow union members and check in with the Executive please!! Do they need anything? How are they holding up? Reach out and have that 10 minute conversation by phone. As we continue to navigate through this, it is very important to continue to communicate with each other. The Executive also relies on its members to share information and the operations that are occurring in each department. If you’re talking with members and they have questions, combine them all together and have one member volunteer to reach out to the Executive to share and get answers. We would really appreciate this.

It is important to follow the guidelines provided by our health providers to protect you, co-workers, family, neighbours and friends.

For further COVID-19 information visit the Halton Health Department  COVID-19 page.

Halton Region – Health Department Message from Dr. Hamidah Meghani, Medical Officer of Health.

Workplace: 

  • Keep your work place clean, including vehicles;
  • Use your own pen and not allow others, including public, to use it;
  • Wipe down your desk, phone, keyboards, mouse – avoid using others desks/phones;
  • Wipe down public counters, debit machines and arm rests of the chairs in waiting areas.

Government Resources:

Government of Canada

Province of Ontario

Region of Halton

Town of Oakville  – COVID-19 Information Page found on Portico

Employee & Family Assistance Program (EFAP) – Morneau Shepell at 1-844-880-9142

United Way of Halton & Hamilton

211 Ontario