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As we continue to pull together and slow the spread of COVID-19, the health and well-being of every member, employee and family member is our number one priority. We continue to advise members and staff to monitor the latest notices and advisories on COVID-19 from Federal, Provincial and local health authorities and to monitor this page for membership and employment related updates below. 

Guidance from Public Health Authorities:

PUBLIC HEALTH CANADA

Please also monitor your provincial and local health authorities for updates.


Guidance from Employers:

Bruce Power
Latest up-to-date information: Bruce Power COVID-19 Information Updates page

Hydro One
Latest up-to-date information: Hydro One Employee Update Portal

Other Employers
Sign in and visit: CUSW COVID-19 information page


Member Updates:

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COVID-19 Membership Update and Employee Communication 6

We remain in a critical period in our efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19. For those Members in the workplace, it is especially important we continue to follow Health Authority and workplace guidelines so we do not spread the virus. For those Members at home it remains crucial that we stick to the guidelines so we are healthy and ready to return to work when the time is right. Projects are likely to restart incrementally over the coming weeks and months, any misstep could jeopardize all of the diligent work we’ve been doing to keep ourselves and those around us healthy and safe. As we do return, be prepared for a very different workplace. Members will need to listen closely to new instructions, ask questions and follow workplace rules and guidelines.

Your Stewards and Joint Health & Safety Committee Members have been very active over the last number of weeks listening to your concerns, working with Management to resolve issues and ensuring the health and safety for all members. Please take the time to thank them for their efforts!

We continue to advise Members and Staff to monitor the latest notices and advisories on COVID-19 from Federal, Provincial and local health authorities. The Public Health Canada website has many resources:
 


Resources for Members struggling with Stress

We know this cnoitinues to be a stressful time for everyone. Fortunately, help is available through your PSBT Member & Family Assistance Plan (MFAP) delivered on our behalf by Homewood Health. Among the services available to help members and their families during this time are: Childcare resourcesRelationship coachingParenting resources and Financial counselling. Assistance is available 24/7. Learn more on the PSBT website:

The Power Sector Benefit Trust (PSBT)


Support for Members who have needed to leave the Workplace

It is important that we take all the necessary actions to slow the spread of COVID-19 and we thank those who have agreed to self-isolate as instructed. We also recognize some members have chosen to stay home and care for family members. The government has made support available through changes to Employment Insurance. For further details go the Service Canada website:

Employment and Social Development Canada


Information about your Benefits claims and coverage

Canada Life has updated plan members on how to best manage claims during the pandemic. Visit the PSBT website for more information:

Power Sector Benefit Trust (PSBT)


Resources for Members from Employers

For guidance from specific employers including media releases, policies for dispatch, hygiene and work preparedness, visit the COVID-19 resources page on the CUSW website:

CUSW COVID-19 Information


Keeping in Touch

With our offices closed and many staff working from home, we will continue to respond to members’ needs as promptly as possible, and remain ready and able to assist. The best way to correspond with staff is via email at the following addresses. Please do not hesitate to contact us.
 
CUSW General: [email protected]
CUSW Apprenticeship: [email protected]
Security Clearances: [email protected]
Training Trust: [email protected]
PSBT Benefits: [email protected]
PSRT Retirement: [email protected]

As always, you can find this information on our websites along with other helpful services and information about membership behind sign in. Note also that each site will continue to be updated during this time. 


Thank you,
National Executive Board