Updates Relating to COVID-19

Posted March 13, 2020
Updated December 22, 2020

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    • Messages from the President
    • COVID-19 Information from Your Employer
    • COVID-19 Information from Governments

Message from the President

December 22, 2020

As we near the end of the year and move into 2021, on behalf of the CSU 52 Office Staff and Board of Directors, I would like to wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.

I’m sure we all agree 2020 has been a very difficult year for our membership and for the country as we face a health emergency, the like of which we haven’t seen in a hundred years. We recognize the hardship it has created for many of our members and their families – loss of income, temporary, and in many cases, permanent loss of employment – these are just some of the hardships we have had to endure.
Your Union, CSU 52, has and continues to work on your behalf to mitigate these hardships as much as possible. Circumstances such as those we’ve seen over the past ten months were never contemplated and covered in existing collective bargaining agreement language. We’ve worked with our bargaining unit employers to attempt to soften the financial blow to employees as much as possible. Difficult (and unpopular to some) decisions had to be made. The next three to four months into the New Year will certainly continue to be challenging. However, there is hope for the future as vaccines are currently rolling out with the expectation that they will become available to everyone not too long after.

While we hope to get return to normalcy by early to mid-summer, long term changes to our personal and work lives due to the pandemic and the economic struggles the province of Alberta faces are inevitable. It appears we will expect to see significant changes within our City of Edmonton bargaining unit. CSU 52 is continuing to advocate on your behalf and pushing to ensure that workplace changes at the City are fair and equitable.

We all need to work together over the next few weeks to get the virus under control by properly following the health orders and obeying the restrictions our provincial government has imposed. The sooner we get the spread under control, the sooner we can get back to a more normal world. I know it has been very difficult and will continue to be so for a bit longer – remember, your Union is here to assist and help as best we can. Our office is currently closed to public access but staff are available to take calls and assist as we always have.

Stay safe and enjoy the holiday season! I look forward to seeing you in the New Year.

In solidarity,
Lanny Chudyk

Previous Messages from the Lanny Chudyk:

COVID-19 Information from Your Employer

Jeff Vaasjo, HR Senior Manager, advised us that Capital Power initially sent COVID-19 communication to all employees on March 4 and they have since created a dedicated resource page for employees on the internal Intranet.

Please continue to monitor the Capital Power Intranet for updated information.

Aaron Miller, Senior Manager of Labour Relations, sent an email to all EPCOR employees on March 12 in regard to additional precautions against the virus.

It is important for all employees to consult the COVID-19 page on EPCORnet for ongoing updates.

Alan Nursall, President & CEO, sent an email to all TWOSE employees on March 9 with a recommendation to stay informed with reputable health organizations, starting with Alberta Health Services.

In response to the Alberta Government’s March 12 announcement, TELUS World of Science – Edmonton will proactively close to the public starting Friday, March 13, 2020. This includes all programs, events, IMAX Theatre and Zeidler Dome shows, retail services, as well as our outreach Science in Motion programs.

“We will continue to closely monitor this situation as it evolves, and will share updated information about the re-opening of the science centre with you by email and through our other digital channels.”

New Letter of Understanding:

COVID-19 Information from Governments

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