CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19)

What is the coronavirus?
The 2019 novel coronavirus (COVID-19) has been identified as the cause of a worldwide severe respiratory illness outbreak, first detected in the Hubei Province in China. The virus is a new strain of coronavirus — which is in the same family of viruses that include respiratory illnesses such as the common cold, and previous outbreaks such as SARS-CoV (Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus) and MERS-CoV (Middle East Respiratory Syndrome coronavirus). Like SARS-CoV and MERS-CoV, COVID-19 originated in animals and spread to humans.

Right from the start of the coronavirus outbreak, there have been waves of accolades for nurses, personal care workers, cashiers, and workers in other trades – and rightly so. One blind spot in our collective view of the situation, though, has been the necessary but unnoticed contribution, every day, by men and women truck drivers.
We learned with regret and sadness that Brother Val Neal passed away from COVID-19 a few days ago.

Teamsters Canada Foundation donates $8,000 to Food Banks of Saskatchewan

The Teamsters Canada Foundation is donating $8,000 to Food Banks of Saskatchewan.

Teamsters Canada Foundation donates $8,000 to Winnipeg Harvest

The Teamsters Canada Foundation is donating $8,000 to a charity in Manitoba: Winnipeg Harvest.

Teamsters Call for Gate Gourmet to Restore Medical Benefit Coverage for Laid-Off Employees

Gate Gourmet Canada has cut off the medical benefits for most employees supporting the Pearson International Airport location. The Union representing these workers, who were laid off as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, criticizes the Gate Gourmet for their decision and their lack of support for employees and their families during this difficult time.

Teamsters Canada Foundation Donates $8,000 to Food Banks Alberta

The Teamsters Canada Foundation is donating $8,000 to Food Banks Alberta.

Teamsters Canada steps up to help food bank… again

Remember the 35 tons of food delivered to a food bank in Wood Buffalo, which was flooded in April? Well, the Local Union 362 truck that made this essential delivery was stolen about 10 days ago! The only thing the thieves left behind was the trailer!

Outaouais School Board says no to Protective Partitions on School Buses

According to information obtained by the Teamsters Union, the Commission scolaire des Portages de l'Outaouais would refuse to allow the school bus carrier Autobus Campeau to equip its buses with a flexible protective partitions, as recommended by CNESST.

The Teamsters Welcome the Federal Government’s $4 Billion Bonus

Low-income workers considered essential in the fight against COVID-19 will see their wages increased as a result of a $4 billion federal-provincial agreement, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau confirmed today.

Mental health more important than ever

With the COVID-19 pandemic, mental health must be, more than ever, at the centre of the concerns of unions, businesses and governments.

Trucking (almost) back to normal

The federal government has decided to lift the hours of service exemption in road transportation effective Thursday, April 30, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The Teamsters have been pressing Ottawa for this decision for the past few weeks, holding several conference calls on the issue.

May 1: Celebrating front line workers amid COVID-19

More than ever, the contribution of workers to the economy and our well-being must be highlighted in the context of the pandemic that we have been experiencing for seven weeks now.

Employment Insurance benefits and leave - Canada.ca

Employment Insurance
benefits and leave

Employment Insurance benefits and leave information for workers, families, fishers and sickness, as well as how to apply and submit a report.

Transport Canada - Federal safety guidance

Federal safety guidance to protect drivers.

Federal safety guidance to protect drivers and limit the spread of COVID-19 in commercial vehicle operations.

News releases from the Government of Canada

Prime Minister announces additional support for businesses to help save Canadian jobs

COVID-19 has altered the way we live our lives and, every day, Canadians are facing new challenges during this crisis. As more people worry about paying their bills and caring for their loved ones, the Government of Canada is continuing to take unprecedented action to help protect middle class jobs, and the health and safety of all Canadians. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new measures to support businesses so they can keep their workers on the payroll and weather this …

COVID-19 Resource center from The Canadian Labour Congress

COVID-19

Canada’s unions are standing with workers and their families during this unprecedented pandemic. It’s time to support one another and join together to ensure that everyone receives the support they need to get through this current crisis. This portal will provide links to our latest statements and actions you can take right now.

Some useful links

What are the symptoms to watch for?

Patients who have been diagnosed with the coronavirus (COVID-19) have been reported with mild to severe respiratory illness including symptoms of:

  • Fever (around 90% of patients)
  • Cough (mostly dry, around 80% of patients)
  • Shortness of breath (around 30% of patients)
  • Fatigue / malaise (around 30% of patients)

It is important to note that there are many types of viruses (including those that cause the common cold and influenza) that present with similar symptoms, and it is difficult to identify the disease based on symptoms alone. The only way to confirm if someone has COVID-19 is through laboratory testing.

Current evidence indicates that symptoms generally appear 2-7 days after exposure, with a maximum incubation period estimated to be 12-14 days. If you have recently traveled outside of Canada or have been in close contact with someone who has within the past 2 weeks and develop symptoms, it is important to seek medical care as soon as possible by contacting your local public health authority and following their advice.

While most cases of coronavirus are mild and will resolve on their own, the disease can be more severe for some persons and can lead to pneumonia, breathing difficulties, or, more rarely, death. Persons currently at highest risk of becoming severely ill with the virus are older persons and those with pre-existing medical conditions (such as diabetes or heart disease). If you develop severe symptoms or shortness of breath, regardless of whether you are at risk for coronavirus, you should seek medical care immediately at a clinic or emergency room.

If you start having symptoms of COVID-19

Separate yourself from others as soon as you have a symptom of COVID-19.

Visit the provincial or territorial public health website where you are located for more information, including when to contact your public health authority.

British Columbia : 811
Alberta : 811
Saskatchewan : 811
Manitoba : 1-888-315-9257
Ontario : 1-866-797-0000
Quebec : 1-877-644-4545
New Brunswick : 811
Nova Scotia : 811
Prince Edward Island : 811
Newfoundland and Labrador : 811 ou 1-888-709-2929
Nunavut : 1-867-975-5772
Northwest Territories : 911
Yukon Territory : 811

For more information:
1-833-784-4397
canada.ca/coronavirus

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Teamsters Local Union 879

I want to recognize the amazing work that we, as Teamster members, are doing to assist our fellow citizens in this time of crisis and we must continue to do everything to protect all workers and their families in the coming weeks and months, and that every attempt will be made to continue to update everyone on this situation.

Teamsters Local Union 395

Teamster Local Union No. 395 has been monitoring the ongoing COVID – 19 outbreak diligently and we are committed to providing our usual high-quality representation to all of our members and their families. We understand that certain industries will be impacted by layoffs more than others. We encourage those that may be layed off to take advantage of the measures the Federal Government has put in place to at least have some income replacement.

Click to learn more about a list of the measures we have taken at the Local Union thus far and we will endeavour to update you as the need arises.

Teamsters Local Union 419

Not all heroes wear capes! Thank you to all my Warehouse brothers and sisters who are working 7 days, 12+ hours shifts . Just to get the necessities to our grocery stores in our own community . We don’t always get recognized for this but I just want to thank you all for sacrificing time away from your family .

Thank you to our Healthcare Workers as they just received an email asking for all hands on deck…

I ask all employers to ensure we put safety in front of profits, the frontline workers need to feel that we are all in this together.

Teamsters Local Union 362

The union says the federal guidelines to protect front-line health-care workers from outbreaks of diseases like the novel coronavirus don’t go far enough.

Media Contact

Christopher Monette

Director of Public Affairs
Teamsters Canada

400-1750 Maurice-Gauvin,
Laval, QC H7S 1Z5

cmonette@teamsters.ca