COVID-19 Updates - Find more information at https://nupge.ca/issues/covid-19

Viral Solidarity: an online concert with David Rovics

Join us for an evening of songs and solidarity to inspire us during this health crisis on Thursday, April 2 at 8 p.m. EDT on https://www.facebook.com/NationalUnionofPublicandGeneralEmployees

Details of new federal assistance for people unable to work due to COVID-19

The work of the labour movement and our allies is having an effect, as shown by the fact that the CERB is an improvement on earlier announcements. However, there is still more to do.

Despite pandemic, governments mustn’t forget: housing is a right

Over 1/3 of Canadians are worried about missing a rent or mortgage payment this month because of COVID-19.

Article on COVID-19 outbreak at long-term care home no surprise for workers fighting for better conditions

When work was contracted out, the number of sick days for workers was reduced from 10 to 3.


COVID-19 Updates

You can download the documents from https://nupge.ca/content/documents-covid-19-conference-call. The documents are:

· 2020, March 19, COVID-19 Conference Call Notes

· Government Measures Document

· Employment Measures Document

· Organizational/Institutional Responses

· HSABC/NUPGE Report on PPE and Protection in Health Care Settings

COVID-19: Protecting mental health during crisis

We need to take care of ourselves especially now and a big part of being healthy means taking care of our mental health. Stress is a major factor in poor health. And for those who struggle with mental illness, depression, posttraumatic stress disorder, these times are especially difficult.

Health care workers need protection during pandemic

NUPGE and HSABC release new research showing higher precautions needed.

Amidst COVID-19 pandemic, we are likely to see a rise in domestic violence

In this time of high stress and growing uncertainty, and as people are spending more time in their homes, the risk of domestic violence is high. Employers and governments must ensure the proper protections and additional resources are in place to support victims and survivors of domestic violence.

Governments need to step in to protect workers

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is concerned about our members, but also those that don't have the same labour rights and protections in the workplace.

COVID-19 pandemic highlights need for urgent action to ensure access to health care for the medically uninsured

“Health care is a human right, regardless of immigration status. All levels of government and health institutions need to act now to remove barriers to care for the medically uninsured to ensure appropriate COVID-19 assessment and care is available. This crisis demonstrates why we need a health care system that ensures access for all.” ― Melanie Spence, OHIP for All member and Registered Nurse

COVID-19: Safety is not negotiable for anyone - including health care workers

The strength of our health care system rests on our doctors, nurses, health science professionals, allied health workers, EMS personnel, DSWs, PSWs, health care aides, orderlies, cleaners, food service workers and others; to treat patients and keep the broader public safe, they need to be protected.


An update on the pandemic.

President's Commentary: More reasons than ever to support public health care

We are always grateful for our strong public system of health care, but never more so than during a time of uncertainty. We are confident in the knowledge that we have highly trained, experienced public sector workers on the frontline helping to protect our communities during this stressful period.

NUPGE urges PM, Premiers to greater coordinated action on COVID-19

Top concerns are protecting frontline workers, personal protective equipment (PPE), testing for COVID-19, and wage protection.

Statement on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)

The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is joining with the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS) to call for the updating of protections for health care workers to ensure that these workers are able to serve the public effectively in the event of widespread infection.


The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. — NUPGE

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