COVID-19 information & updates
The Union Office doors are now open to the members and the public. We recommend scheduling an appointment ahead of your visit, if possible. We also continue to service you by telephone during our regular office hours (Union Office 613-521-6565 & Benefit Office 613-521-6314).
- Union Office – call 613-521-6565 or email Union_@liunalocal527.com
- Benefit Office – call 613-521-6314 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Training Centre – call 613-723-2141 or email SteveD@liunalocal527.com
Questions and Answers (Work & Union related)
General Statement – The Federal and Provincial Government continue to react to the Covid-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. While the answers set out below were accurate at the time of writing, you should always be aware of new developments. The Union recommends that you consult government sources for accurate information.
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Is my job site safe?
Construction sites and industrial workplaces can be inherently dangerous places. Throughout your working careers you have been trained to be aware of your surroundings and to identify health and safety risks. You know that if you see something which is not right or which is unsafe, then you should say something to your employer.
The COVDI-19 pandemic has raised the possibility of new health and safety risks on the job-site. You should consider:
- Whether hand-sanitizer or hand washing facilities are available.
- Whether bathroom / or portable toilet facilities are being cleaned and inspected.
- Whether co-workers who are subject to self-isolation or quarantine are in breach of those requirements.
- Whether there have been any positive tests in the workplace.
If you see something, say something. Your employer must take all reasonable precautions to protect workers and should investigate and where possible remedy any safety issues. If action is not taken to remedy a health and safety risk, you have a right to refuse work in accordance with section 43 of OHSA. If you have concerns about your health and safety, you should refuse and immediately report the situation to your employer, your union representative and the Ministry of Labour who can be reached at: 1-877-202-0008.
We are all concerned about our health and we must also remain respectful of others. If you are sick, do not go to work.
What can the local do to protect workers’ rights?
The Union can and will file any and all grievances and occupational health and safety complaints necessary to hold contractors and employers liable for any violations of law and the applicable collective agreement. The Union will take steps to protect any member who refuses unsafe work, or who takes time off work in accordance with Provincial or Federal health guidelines and recommendations. Any specific concerns should be raised with your Union representative, preferably in writing, with as much detail or particulars as possible (we need the who, what, when, where, other witnesses etc.) together with a phone number where they can call you back.
Union dues payments
It is the responsibility of each member to pay their union dues and to remain in good standing. If you normally pay your monthly dues directly, you should continue to do so. If you are a construction member who has their monthly dues “checked off” and remitted, and are laid-off or otherwise not working, you should ensure that your monthly dues are up to date.
If you fail to pay your dues for 2 months you will be administratively suspended and will cease to be a member in good standing.
If you have any question about your dues status please contact the Union Office.
The financial market is in turmoil. Is my pension safe?
The Labourers’ Pension Fund of Central and Eastern Canada is a well-funded professionally managed pension. All LPF investments have been made under expert guidance and in a safe and diversified manner. The Fund is confident that it can deliver its promise to you.
Specific questions about individual pension entitlements or Fund performance should be directed to the Fund at : http://www.lpfcec.org.
Working at Heights training completed between February 28, 2017 and August 31, 2017 is now valid for four years from the date of successful completion of the training program. This is a one-year extension for existing certifications. Click here for the complete rules and regulations under the Occupational Health & Safety Act.
Government of Canada COVID-19 Financial Aid
The Government of Canada is introducing various financial aid options as part of their COVID-19 Economic Response Plan. The Union recommends that you consult their website for accurate and up to date information.
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