Updates Relating to COVID-19

Updated February 9, 2021

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

Message from the President

February 8, 2021

As I compose this message we continue to struggle through the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Temporary and permanent layoffs are partially the result of the economic conditions brought on by the pandemic and economic malaise but also a product of the City of Edmonton Administration’s Reimagine exercise that was well underway before the COVID-19 pandemic began. Your Union did not have input into the Reimagine plan, however, we are monitoring its effect on the membership and continue to advocate on your behalf.

It is becoming very apparent that the Reimagine plan is one that is designed to diminish and cut core service in many areas to the Citizens of Edmonton and also to find external providers and private contractors to run some lines of business. We believe this is not in the best interests of the Citizens of Edmonton.

As we move into the early months of 2021 it is evident that the way we work and live will be significantly impacted and will change in the immediate future and probably long term by the COVID-19 pandemic. We are working in all bargaining units with our employer partners to put into place agreements that recognize our changing world. We are currently working with our EPCOR unit to put into place a remote work from home program and are beginning the same process in our City of Edmonton unit. We have heard from the membership regarding Remote Work but must precede carefully to ensure any agreement reached respects the members rights and needs.

Our Members in all bargaining units have been severely impacted by the ongoing health emergency and it appears will continue to be for the immediate future. Both your Union and your Employer are working together as much as possible to mitigate the financial stress that has been inflicted upon you as an employee and as a Union Member. 2020 was not an easy year and it appears 2021 will also be a difficult one as well. It seems vaccines will not be widely available until later in the year so we will need to continue to take precautions to protect ourselves, our families and friends. Your Union is here to serve you and help as much as we possibly can. I recognize that this last year has been extremely difficult, stressful and depressing. Please do not hesitate to reach out. We are here for you.

Mask up, sanitize your hands, practise social distancing, stay safe.

Thank you,
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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