New Platinum Level Healthcare for Members

Members, On behalf of the IUOE Local 793 Executive Board and Life and Health Benefits Fund Trustees, I am very pleased to announce a new comprehensive medical care service provided by Members Health. Effective today, July 13, 2020, all members* will have free access to convenient and personalized healthcare by a team of licensed doctors […]

Members,

On behalf of the IUOE Local 793 Executive Board and Life and Health Benefits Fund Trustees, I am very pleased to announce a new comprehensive medical care service provided by Members Health.

Effective today, July 13, 2020, all members* will have free access to convenient and personalized healthcare by a team of licensed doctors from coast-to-coast in all Provinces and Territories. Doctors are available to help members 24 hours a day/7 days a week/365 days year and from anywhere you are – at home, work, in your car and even when you are traveling outside the country.

COVID-19 has revealed gaps in our healthcare system and has left many members and their families afraid of seeking in-person medical advice or care.

The doctors at Members Health connect with you in minutes by phone or a video visit. Providing easy and no cost access to qualified doctors through Members Health is the newest way members are receiving platinum level service from Local 793 and your Life and Health Benefits Plan.

Mike Gallagher
Business Manager, IUOE Local 793

WHY MEMBERS HEALTH?

Members Health is a Patient First Healthcare Service designed and run by some of Canada’s leading Surgeons and Physicians.

THEY PROVIDE

    • Doctors in minutes, 24/7/365- via Phone, Tablet or PC.
    • Prescriptions, Labs & Diagnostics ordered while on the video call.
    • Referrals to and timely access into Specialists & Surgeons arranged.
    • Preventive Health Screening, Doctors Notes, Mental Health, Wellness & Nutrition help.
    • Continuity of Care protected by keeping Family Doctors informed.
    • Access to a Health Library powered by the Mayo Clinic.
    • Dedicated Care Team Managers assigned to each Member for follow up and truly personalized care.

15 Minutes current average time to connect to their Doctors

WHY MEMBERS HEALTH?

1. Convenience of Patient First Care
Members Health Doctors see you 24/7/365in minutes, from anywhere, at Home, Work,in your Car, even when you are outside theCountry.

2. Follow Up Care
Every visit includes 24-48 hour post care follow up calls.

3. Time & Money Saved
No more waiting at the Walk In or 6 hoursplus in the Emergency Room. No more lostwork hours and lost pay.

Effective today, July 13, 2020, to register and book a doctor at Members Health, you can:

  1. Go to their website at www.members-health.com and click the Benefits Registration Button

2) Call: 1 800 484 0152

3) Email: 793Team@members-health.com

IUOE Local 793 Endorsed Safety Protocol for JOBSITE MEASURES to Protect Against COVID-19

IUOE Local 793 Endorsed Safety Protocol for JOBSITE MEASURES to Protect Against COVID-19 WHY THIS PROTOCOL IS IMPORTANT This protocol has been developed because of the urgent need to ensure that construction workers on a project are able to go to work and come home again safely in this time of international health crisis. The COVID-19 virus is […]

IUOE Local 793 Endorsed Safety Protocol for JOBSITE MEASURES to Protect Against COVID-19

WHY THIS PROTOCOL IS IMPORTANT
This protocol has been developed because of the urgent need to ensure that construction workers on a project are able to go to work and come home again safely in this time of international health crisis.

The COVID-19 virus is highly contagious and, although symptoms are mild in the majority of cases, it is serious and can even cause death.

Construction employees moving from project to project or employer to employer have a right to a consistent, predictable, and very high level of care for their health and safety throughout the industry.

“Community transmission” is now a reality in Ontario and elsewhere. Because early stages of COVID-19 infection often have few to no symptoms, people who have no idea they may be infectious may well be present on a worksite. The only safe response to such a situation is to assume that infectious individuals do exist in the
workforce and to create a plan that will protect workers even working on the same site as an unknowingly infectious person.

For that reason, this is a very stringent and necessary protocol. Every protective measure contained in it is based on advice from provincial, national and
international experts, including information/publications by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Public Health Ontario, Health Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and the World Health Organization.

HOW THIS PROTOCOL WORKS
This protocol divides the process for creating a safe workplace into the Four Ps:

Preparation – Prevention – Protection – Policing

The first step is Preparation. All work sites must be prepared to meet the new reality of working during a pandemic. Layouts must be adjusted. Shift schedules and crew arrangements must be modified to allow all workers to follow Health Official guidelines for social distancing and health hygiene while continuing to work. New cleaning processes and procedures must be put in place and enforced.

The next step is Prevention. Anything that increases a risk to workers on site must be prevented from getting onto the site. This step requires strict screening and monitoring of all individuals coming onto the site and behaviour on and off the site.

The third step is Protection. Every resource necessary to ensure the safety of all workers on site must be present and used by all workers. This includes appropriate PPE, handwashing, and other resources to allow all workers to meet Public Health guidelines while at work.

The final step is Policing. Without adequate enforcement the best planned safety measures are ineffective. All employees must be engaged in the process of identifying and correcting unsafe workplace practices.

The details of this protocol’s requirements at each step are set out further below.

STEP 1: PREPARATION
1. Schedule Adjustments
2. Work Process Assessments
3. Social Distancing On-Site Rules

STEP 2: PREVENTION
1. Restricted Site Access
2. Daily Health Review
3. Encouragement of Self-Reporting – Access to Income Replacement
4. Rules Regarding Off-Site Conduct

STEP 3: PROTECTION
1. Regular Cleaning of Equipment and Surfaces
2. Use of Protective Eyewear, Gloves and Masks
3. Disinfectants and Sanitizers
4. Toilet Facilities
5. Reinforcement of Basic Hygiene Rules

STEP 4: POLICING
1. Enforcement

STEP 1 PREPARATION

The Public Health Officials of Ontario and Canada are unanimous that effective social distancing is a key component to avoiding infection.

Maintaining a safe distance from all other individuals is of high importance. Changes to the way the workplace is set up to make it possible for workers to work at a safe distance from each other as much as possible will be necessary.

       1. SCHEDULE ADJUSTMENTS
Fewer people on-site at the same time will mean fewer opportunities for too-close proximity. All worksites must review their staffing policies to reduce the number of workers on-site at any given time to levels which will enable effective social distancing.

Preparing the Job site by adjusting schedules may mean:

o Reducing the number of crews on-site at any one time;
o Extending work deadlines to allow tasks to take place at separate times rather than all at the same time;
o Staggered work start and work end times to avoid gathering at entry and exit ways and other pinch points;
o Staggered break and lunch times to avoid gatherings; and
o Building in time to appropriately sanitize worksites and materials into the daily schedule

       2. WORK PROCESS ADJUSTMENTS
Fewer tasks requiring employees to work close beside each other will also enable effective social distancing.

Preparing the job site by adjusting work processes may mean:

o Rearranging the physical site to ensure proper ventilation in all work spaces;
o Imposing limits on the total number of workers allowed on site or in a hoist to enable social distancing, and limits of one person to a vehicle or in or on the cab of other equipment;
o Creation of designated work areas for certain tasks to reduce unnecessary gatherings;
o Rearrangement of the site to eliminate ‘pinch points’ such as narrow entry and exit ways, cramped site trailers, narrow pathways;
o Elimination of unnecessary areas of gatherings such as food trucks or indoor cafeterias; and
o Removal of objects likely to be shared from hand to hand by employees like commonly available reusable mugs or bottles

Finally, tasks which require employees to work in close proximity to each other and which cannot be postponed must be stopped until a work plan can be developed to find the safe way of performing that task.

Such a work plan may include:

• Alternatives ways of completing the task;
• Ways to complete the task with fewer people;
• Ways to complete the task in shorter time; and/or
• Additional PPE and sanitation measures to be used while completing the task.

       3. WORK RULE ADJUSTMENTS
New rules about on-site behaviour will mean individual employees aren’t solely responsible for making sure social distancing is practiced by all workers.

Rules must be implemented, communicated, and enforced that all workers shall remain a minimum of two (2) metres apart from each other. Unnecessary close contact shall be prohibited.

Where on-site meetings are necessary to share information, worksites must limit the number of participants meeting to no more than five (5) people at a time. This includes at breaks and lunch hours. Meetings must be held in locations capable of allowing attendees to maintain their minimum distance from each other during meetings.

Alternative formats for the sharing and communicating of information shall be used to ensure all unnecessary contact is prevented.

STEP 2: PREVENTION

Once the site is set up and good practices and rules are in place, steps must be taken to ensure that to the maximum extent possible, no contagious persons or objects make their way into the worksite.

       1. RESTRICT SITE ACCESS
All employees, subcontractors, union site representatives and visitors to the project must be required to complete a Coronavirus (COVID-19) Questionnaire (see Appendix 1) before entering the worksite.

The questionnaire should be comprised of these three main questions.

1. Have you travelled outside Canada in the last 14 days?

Yes _____ No _______

If Yes – Date of Return?_________ (must be 14 days minimum to stay on site)

2. Do you currently have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including the following symptoms: fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, diarrhea, muscle aches/headaches?

Yes _____ No _______

3. Have you been exposed to a person who has a confirmed or suspected case of the COVID-19 infection?

Yes _____ No _______

Anyone who answers “yes” to any of the three questions must not be permitted access to the worksite until that person has completed a 14 day self-isolation period with no symptoms manifesting at which time they will be entitled to be recalled to their original position with no loss of seniority, if applicable. The rights of Union Representatives to attend on site in the course of their duties will not be curtailed other than in accordance with this Protocol or the applicable collective agreement. Site management must notify the Health & Safety Advisor or the Superintendent and applicable union representative immediately.

       2. DAILY HEALTH REVIEW
Every person, including visitors and union representatives, who attends on a project site must be subject to temperature screening upon arrival at the jobsite.

All employees shall be provided with wearable thermometer patches daily and temperature readings will be reviewed three times daily – at the outset of the shift, at the mid-shift break, and before leaving at the end of the day.

If wearable thermometer patches are not available, temperature screening shall be conducted by a qualified medical practitioner or an individual properly trained to administer tests and shall include an initial forehead thermometer temperature check and a follow up confirmatory check five minutes later. Any employee with signs of heightened temperature once the confirmatory check has been performed will be sent home that day.

Best practices for hygiene shall be followed with respect to this screening process. Illness reporting shall be required as described above.

The health of each worker under each foreperson’s supervision will be reviewed at least three times daily for all employees and subcontractors: prior to entry, at lunch and before leaving work. A foreperson shall also be responsible for reviewing the health of all workers under his or her care during pre-shift meetings and will require forepersons to assess the health of each worker.

       3. ENCOURAGE SELF-REPORTING
Employees must self-monitor and must voluntarily leave the job site if they experience any signs of illness. The symptoms of COVID-19 are shared with many other illnesses including the cold and the flu. Any worker or visitor who begins experiencing symptoms of cold or flu while on site will be sent home.

No reprisals will be taken against any employee for doing so and doctor’s notes will not be required from an employee who is sent home or experiences symptoms.

Employees with heightened risk of a life threatening response to infection (such as asthma, diabetes, heart condition) will be offered a job-protected layoff for reasons of sickness and an ROE will be issued to enable that employee to access income replacement during the layoff. These individuals will be encouraged to identify themselves and not be on site for their safety.

In addition, all workers experiencing symptoms will be advised to complete the self-assessment on the Ontario COVID website and follow instruction there, or call telehealth (1-866-797-0000), their local public health unit or their family physician.

       4. MANDATORY PIBLIC HEALTH REPORTING
Public Health is the leading authority for all issues related to COVID-19 and only they can provide detailed instructions to employees and employers.

Occupational illnesses among employees on site including COVID-19 will be reported:

a. to the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development (in writing) within four (4) days;
b. to the joint health and safety representative;
c. to Local 793; and
d. to WSIB

If any employee is confirmed to have tested positive for COVID-19, the jobsite to which the employee reported will be shut down immediately until a safety and risk assessment is completed. That assessment shall be completed in conjunction with the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development. Work crews who have been in contact with the infected employee will be required to self-isolate away from the workplace for fourteen (14) days, among other measures which at a minimum shall include thorough cleaning and disinfecting of all common surfaces.

Any recommendations of Public Health Officials will be followed. Subject to any recommendations of Public Health Officials, employees who have completed a fourteen (14) day self-isolation period without experiencing any symptoms consistent with COVID-19 shall be entitled to be recalled immediately to their original position, with no loss of seniority, if applicable.

   5. RULES REGARDING OFF SITE CONDUCT
Certain off-duty and off-site behaviour during the pandemic has the potential to bring serious health and safety concerns onto worksites. All individuals who will be working on active job sites, employees, supervisors, contractors, visitors and union representatives are expected to respect the advisories of Public Health Officials and must respect any self-isolation and social distancing recommendations at all times, including when they are off work. Individuals will be removed from site if there is any reason to believe off-duty conduct is inconsistent with social distancing and self-isolation during off-duty hours as this has the potential to expose many other workers to risk of infection.

STEP 3: PROTECTION

Effective social distancing, site cleaning, PPE, and hygiene practices that ensure the virus is not transmitted through commonly touched objects are important to the protection of all workers.

The following practices must be undertaken to protect workers from crosscontamination.

       1. REGULAR CLEANING OF EQUIPMENT AND SURFACES
All ‘high-touch’ surfaces must be cleaned using soap and water or an alcohol-based rub on EVERY shift. The Health Canada List of Approved hard surface disinfectants shall be consulted for this purpose.

This includes door-way entrances, door handles, light switches, ladders, elevator buttons, keyboards, phones and all construction equipment handles, consoles, controls and seats, subject to any risk to damage to such equipment.

Offices, trailers, containers, workshops and other facilities will be properly cleaned. The frequency of cleaning each work area and surface will depend on the number of people who use it, the duration of use, and the presence of any objects which people might handle with their hands.

       2. USE OF PROTECTIVE EYEWEAR, GLOVES AND MASKS

Safety Eyewear

If employees are required to wear protective glasses or face shields in the course of their work, such glasses or face shields shall be for the use of that employee only and shall be clearly identified as such.

PPE must be issued for individual use only.

Employers must give instruction on how to remove glasses and or face shields without touching a worker’s face. Sterilization wipes or disinfecting liquid must be readily available at stations on site to assist workers removing or cleaning protective glasses or face shields.

Work Gloves

If employees are required to wear protective work gloves in the course of their work, such gloves will be issued to that employee only. Gloves must not be shared and should be marked with the name of the individual to whom they are issued.

Infection can adhere to gloves. Because the use of gloves can discourage regular handwashing, notices must be posted in the workplace confirming that gloves are no substitute for handwashing and handwashing stations must be made available to all employees using gloves. High alcohol content cleanser must also be applied to all work gloves at regular intervals throughout the shift.

Masks

All employees will be issued and required to use N95 type face masks or equivalent while on the jobsite. In the event that due to mask shortages an employer is temporarily not able to obtain N95 or equivalent masks, employees will be provided with non-medical masks for use for periods of time when and if physical distancing is not possible. Non-medical masks must meet the recommendations for such masks published by Health Canada. Masks should fit well, should not be shared with others, and must be changed as soon as they get damp or soiled. Cloth masks can be laundered with other items using a hot cycle and then dried thoroughly.

Employees must be instructed on how to put on the mask in order to make a proper seal. Employees must be instructed on how to remove and put on masks without touching their faces.

Lined disposal bins with closing lids should be made available on site for disposable masks. Disposable masks will be disposed of and replaced immediately if they become damp and otherwise after a maximum of three (3) days of use.

Employees must be instructed that mask use is ONLY effective in combination with handwashing immediately before putting it on and immediately after taking it off. Handwashing stations and breaks to perform appropriate hand washing will be provided for all employees.

       3. DISINFECTANTS AND SANITIZERS
Alcohol wipes or liquid to be used in wiping down thoroughly all gloves at end of workday will be provided. Alcohol content must be minimum 70% for cleaning. The Health Canada List of Approved Hand-Sanitizers shall be consulted and followed.

Wash stations provided on site shall be in easily accessible locations. There shall be wash stations on every floor of a building. All workers will be required to wash their hands before entering an elevator or stairwell. Before exiting the jobsite, all workers will likewise wash their hands. All workers will be advised that their clothes must be washed upon returning home and their steering wheels and handles in the car must be disinfected to prevent any potential community transmission.

A supply of disinfectants and hand sanitizers will be provided throughout the site for general use and will be replenished as needed.

       4. ADDITIONAL MEASURES FOR TOILET FACILITIES
Soap / paper towel dispensers, hand dryers and hand sanitizing stations on site will be checked frequently and replenished as needed.

Garbage bins will be placed near toilet’s exit doors to encourage people to use a paper towel to open/close the door.

Paper towel dispensers will be placed near high-touch surfaces such as water coolers, kitchen/break room counters, conference rooms, and other locations with shared high-touch surfaces.

       5. REINFORCEMENT OF BASIC HYGIENE RULES FOR ALL WORKERS
All persons on a jobsite will be directed and reminded to take the following individual hygiene measures. Notices and recommendations will include:

• Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially after using the washroom – use alcohol-based hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available;
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth with unwashed hands;
• When coughing or sneezing: cough or sneeze into a tissue or the bend of your arm, not your hand, and dispose of any tissues used as soon as possible in a lined waste basket and wash hands afterwards;
• Avoid hugs and handshakes;
• Avoid commonly touched areas including handrails and public transit poles;
• Wash your clothes as soon as you get home and shower;
• Take outside shoes off before entering your home and do not allow them in your house; and
• Notify your supervisor immediately if you feel sick

STEP 4 – POLICING

1. ENFORCEMENT

The final step is Policing. Without adequate enforcement the best planned safety measures are ineffective. All employees must be engaged in the process of identifying and correcting unsafe workplace practices.

The Government of Ontario, the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Employers and IUOE Local 793 all agree that these stringent standards must be adhered to in order to protect employee and community safety.

All employers shall make clear to employees the process for reporting concerns or violations in regard to this policy or COVID-19 risks at their workplace. No reprisal shall be taken against any individual for reporting concerns with respect to this policy or COVID-19 protections.

This policy is appended to and shall be deemed a part of the Collective Agreement. It is enforceable under the Occupational Health and Safety Act, the Labour Relations Act, and in the same manner as a violation of the Collective Agreement.

Appendix 1 – Coronavirus (COVID-19 ) Preventative Measures

Questionnaire to be completed by all personnel entering the site

All employees assigned to this site must complete this form and submit to ____________ prior to entering the site.

Personal information –

First and last name: ____________________________
Email: ____________________________
Cell Phone: ____________________________
Employer: ____________________________

1. Have you travelled outside Canada since March 12th?

Yes _____ No _______

If Yes – Date of Return?_________ (must be 14 days minimum to stay on site)

2. Do you currently have any symptoms consistent with COVID-19, including the following symptoms: fever, coughing and difficulty breathing, diarrhea, muscle aches/headaches?

Yes _____ No _______

3. Have you been exposed to a person who has a confirmed or suspected case of the COVID-19 infection?

Yes _____ No _______

Declaration:

I hereby confirm that the information provided herein is accurate, correct and complete and that the responses submitted within this form are genuine.

I undertake to inform ________________in writing of any changes to the information already provided and to update the information on this form whenever requested to do so.

Signature Date

___________________________ ______________________________

EMPLOYER ENDORSEMENT

IUOE Local 793 Endorsed Safety Protocols for JOBSITE MEASURES to Protect Against COVID-19

I, the undersigned employer, agree to abide by the minimum protocols outlined in the IUOE Local 793 Endorsed Safety Protocols for JOBSITE MEASURES to Protect Against COVID-19.

I recognize that members of Local 793 have the right to refuse unsafe work and in accordance with that right, any failure to abide by any of the policies above may lead to members of Local 793 refusing to perform unsafe work. I agree that no member of Local 793 shall suffer any loss as a result of any member of Local 793 refusing unsafe work as a result of the employer’s failure to abide by the above policy.

I further recognize that the failure to abide by any of the policies above may be considered a violation of the collective agreement between Local 793 and the employer and may be enforceable as such.

Dated this ___ day of ________, 2020.

Employer Name: ____________________________________

Employer Signature: _________________________________

Name (Printed): _____________________________________

Safety Protocol For Jobsite Measures To Protect Against Covid-19 Checklist For Business Representatives

SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR JOBSITE MEASURES TO PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19 CHECKLIST FOR BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES The Ontario Government has declared construction an “essential service”. Many Local 793 members continue to work. To ensure the health and safety of our members and their families, Local 793 has developed a comprehensive Safety Protocol for Jobsite Measures to Protect Against COVID-19 (the […]

SAFETY PROTOCOL FOR JOBSITE MEASURES TO PROTECT AGAINST COVID-19 CHECKLIST FOR BUSINESS REPRESENTATIVES

The Ontario Government has declared construction an “essential service”. Many Local 793 members continue to work.

To ensure the health and safety of our members and their families, Local 793 has developed a comprehensive Safety Protocol for Jobsite Measures to Protect Against COVID-19 (the “Protocol”). The Protocol lists health and safety measures that Local 793 expects signatory employers to put in place. Every safety measure is based on advice from provincial, national and international experts, including information/publications by the Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development, Public Health Ontario, Health Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in the United States and the World Health Organization.

This checklist allows business representatives to evaluate the health and safety practices and policies of signatory employers and compare them against our Protocol. If you want further information about any specific safety practice, look at that part of the Protocol.

This checklist follows the Four Ps: Preparation – Prevention – Protection – Policing.

How to complete the checklist:

Step 1 – Lead by example. Know the Protocol and this checklist and wear all PPE before you enter a jobsite. Complete the checklist by visual inspection and speaking to the steward and members on site. Take pictures if necessary.

Step 2 – Review and/or complete your checklist with a management representative. For each “No” or “In Progress” answer, determine and make notes on how and when (specific date) the employer will comply which must be as soon as possible.

Step 3 – Complete the Section 5, Evaluation and Enforcement. If the result is a “Pass”, advise the employer of the result. If the result is a “Fail” or “Conditional Pass”, contact your area supervisor immediately and follow his instructions.

COMPANY INFORMATION

Company name:
Jobsite Address:
Telephone and fax numbers:
Contact email:
Management Rep I spoke to:
Phone or Email for Mgmt. Rep:
Name of Steward:
Does the Company currently have a policy for COVID-19?  Yes _____ (Review and keep the policy)  /. No _____
If so, has the Company policy been posted on site where employees can review it? Yes _____  /  No _____ (Review placement with management rep)

A limited time rate offer on a TD Home Equity FlexLine for members of Local 793

Limited time rate offer on a TD Home Equity FlexLine for members of Local 793 Now more than ever, we’re helping you save on interest while borrowing with our TD Home Equity FlexLine with a special rate offer of TD Prime + 0.20%. Here’s what you need to know: You can apply between Monday, June […]

Limited time rate offer on a TD Home Equity FlexLine for members of Local 793

Now more than ever, we’re helping you save on interest while borrowing with our TD Home Equity FlexLine with a special rate offer of TD Prime + 0.20%.

Here’s what you need to know:
You can apply between Monday, June 8 and Friday, July 10.
This limited time offer is only available in Ontario through a TD Mobile Mortgage Specialist.

To find a TD Mobile Mortgage Specialist and start your application, you can visit mms.tdcanadatrust.com.
  • Please have your Union registration number handy. It can be found on your Union Membership Card.
  • This rate offer is only available on the revolving portion for new first priority TD Home Equity FlexLines.
  • This rate offer is only available for already built, owner-occupied properties with amortization periods of 25 years or less that are also subject to meeting our credit granting criteria.
  • This offer is not available through our Branches and excludes Second Position FlexLine behind other financial institution mortgages and Progress Advance FlexLine.
  • Rates may be subject to change, extension or withdrawal at any time without notice.
  • If you’d like to learn more about how a TD Home Equity FlexLine works, visit our TD Home Equity FlexLine page.

TD Helps Program: Helping Canadians Impacted by COVID-19

If you’d like to learn more, or if you need help, visit td.com/covid19.

Reminder: All meetings across the province cancelled or postponed

A reminder to Local 793 members that due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and as per the COVID-19 Emergency Response Measures communicated on Friday March 13, 2020, all Local 793 offices and OETIO training facilities will remain closed until further notice. This includes the cancellation or postponement of all special called ratification vote meetings. […]

A reminder to Local 793 members that due to the ongoing COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic and as per the COVID-19 Emergency Response Measures communicated on Friday March 13, 2020, all Local 793 offices and OETIO training facilities will remain closed until further notice.

This includes the cancellation or postponement of all special called ratification vote meetings.

The ratification vote meeting for members working under the Kitchener/Waterloo Area Collective Agreement (now the Central Southwest Ontario Heavy Civil Collective Agreement), scheduled for Thursday, March 19, 2020 at the Cambridge Office, has been cancelled.

We request that all members working under this agreement inform their fellow brothers and sisters of the postponement. Members will be notified when a new date has been set.

Should you require immediate assistance, please feel free to contact your union representatives via phone or email.

Information on Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefits

To better assist our members in this unusual period of time, the Trustees of the Benefits Plan have improved the Short-Term Disability benefits. Effective March 15, 2020: Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefit payments are being topped up to $800 per week. The government policies are evolving very quickly and OEBAC is following all this to […]

To better assist our members in this unusual period of time, the Trustees of the Benefits Plan have improved the Short-Term Disability benefits.

Effective March 15, 2020:
Employment Insurance (EI) Sickness Benefit payments
are being topped up to $800 per week.

The government policies are evolving very quickly and OEBAC is following all this to ensure we are coordinating with the Employment Insurance Sickness Benefits.

This is what it means to you:

· IF YOU ARE IN QUARANTINE – EITHER SELF-IMPOSED ISOLATION OR ON THE ADVICE OF PUBLIC HEALTH OR A MEDICAL DOCTOR:

1. Immediately claim the EI Sickness Benefits

2. Contact Service Canada’s new dedicated toll-free phone number to waive the one-week EI Sickness Benefits waiting period, so that you can be paid for the first week of your claim:

Telephone: 1-833-381-2725 (toll-free)
Teletypewriter (TTY): 1-800-529-3742

3. Stay tuned for more instructions from OEBAC, as things are evolving very quickly.

Please note that if you cannot complete your claim for EI Sickness Benefits due to quarantine, you may apply at a later date and have your EI claim backdated to cover the period of delay.

If you are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, difficulty breathing, or you are in self-isolation or quarantine, do not visit or enter any Service Canada offices. You may access services online or by calling 1-800-O-Canada (1-800-622-6232).

· IF YOUR COMPANY IS SHUTTING DOWN AND YOU ARE LAID OFF:

1. Contact your business reps

Rest assured, your OEBAC benefits coverage continues uninterrupted. However, there may be some delays in getting your claims reimbursement if you submit paper claims rather than submitting claims through the OEBAC Mobile App or on the union website.

OEBAC strongly recommends using the OEBAC Mobile App to submit claims as an alternative to paper claims submission.  Use the “Enter Claims Detail” option to input the details of your claim into the app, and it will be paid without the need for manual claims administration.

Download the OEBAC Mobile App here: IOS Store | Google Store

Fill out the ETF (Electronic Transfer Form) on the OEBAC mobile app so your reimbursement can be transferred directly into your bank account. It is faster than waiting for a cheque, and your deposit will go through without the need for manual intervention.

Watch this video to find out how to add your banking info.

IMPORTANT HEALTH & SAFETY INFORMATION!
If you are infected or think you may be infected with COVID-19, call your local Public Health Unit right away and follow their instructions. In the meantime, stay home and practice self-isolation.

HAVE ANY SYMPTOMS? CLICK HERE to find your local Public Health Unit.

Click the links below for additional resources:

Emotional Well-Being During The COVID-19 Pandemic (25 minute webinar)
What To Do If You Are Sick
Health Services In Your Community
How Ontario Is Preparing

For further information, you can reach OEBAC by calling 1-844-793-1919 or by email at info@oebac.org

Please be patient, as we are operating with reduced staffing. Thank you for your help and support.

COVID-19 Emergency Response Measures

Dear Brothers and Sisters: The last few weeks have been trying times for all of us with the onset of a serious pandemic virus originating in Wuhan Province in China. Just recently, the World Health Organization announced that it was escalating the status to a pandemic. It is normal for you to be worried and […]

Dear Brothers and Sisters:

The last few weeks have been trying times for all of us with the onset of a serious pandemic virus originating in Wuhan Province in China. Just recently, the World Health Organization announced that it was escalating the status to a pandemic.

It is normal for you to be worried and concerned about your families, particularly when sport leagues like the NBA, the NHL, the MLB etc. have suspended play with no known dates for competition to resume.

We see it at grocery stores and drug stores where full-blown panic has ensued with impulse buying and shortages of masks, hand sanitizers, toilet paper, canned goods, and dry goods. Even when you are out and about people look worried. The full extent can be felt around the world in places like Italy, China, South Korea, Iran, and the United States. Our hearts go out to members who have family in these places.

We are working hard at Local 793, at OETIO, and at OEBAC to ensure that you are not going to experience interruption in benefit payments, pension payments and other important investments you have made in the Union.

We are not in a normal “Business as Usual” environment. We have listened carefully to the statements from the Federal and Provincial Health Agencies of government, the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada, and the U.S. Center for Disease Control and Prevention. We have been tracking these carefully and have sought to minimize risk to staff and members and their families.

This is why I made the decision to cancel our participation in the Toronto St. Patrick’s Day parade where 400 members had registered to attend. Subsequently, the Toronto Parade has been cancelled, in fact, all St. Patrick’s Day parades have been cancelled.

We are all worried about the impact on our economy and other nations’ economy. I am sure you are worried about your pension with market reactions since mid-February.

We are strong. We are stronger than we were in 2008. We get stronger every year. Our pension fund is stronger, our benefit fund is stronger, our training fund is stronger. We will be okay. I have asked Eckler Ltd., our actuary, to prepare a report for our Pension Trustees. Our plan asset allocation is appropriate. Fifty percent of our investments are in cash, bonds, real estate and infrastructure. These measures were taken in 2008 to ensure that our returns would be good despite any market fluctuations.

I have consulted with our Benefit Trustees and met with the Executive Board today, and as a result, I announce some temporary and necessary measures and some benefit plan improvements that will help you.

Members of Local 793 have always been there for the Local. We are here for you now.

The Executive Board has agreed to these necessary actions to protect our members:

1. All monthly district meetings have been hereby suspended until further notice.
2. Special Executive Board and General Membership meetings scheduled for March 21and 22, 2020 have been cancelled.

At a future meeting, to be scheduled, the Executive Board will determine based on a further risk assessment when it will be safe to reschedule these meetings.

We hope the suspension of meetings will only be in place for March and April. This will be extended if necessary.

We will continue to provide you with information through our website, Facebook, and through mass emails.

We ask you not to come to Local 793 union or OEBAC offices at this time. Federal Minister of Health, Patty Hajdu has said that 30 – 70% of Canadians will become ill from COVID-19. Our goal is to mitigate this. We want as few members and staff as possible to get this. I need your understanding to achieve this.

Use our online services on our website. Call, email or text. If a member does not have access to a computer and needs help, call your local area business representative. They will arrange to assist you. This is also a temporary measure.

Every member in good standing will receive a $250.00 Gift Card from Loblaws to assist in costs of hand sanitizer, etc. These will be mailed in the next two weeks. This will help with any extra COVID-19 related expenses.

Also, because of the stressful times this is causing, the benefit trustees have approved the following benefit plan improvements:
1. Benefit coverage for the services of a registered psychologist/psychotherapist/social worker has been increased from $1,000 per calendar year to $2,000 per calendar year – as well as the $500 assessment for a total of $2,500.
2. Short Term Disability will be increased from $575 per week to $800 per week.

I ask for your patience and support for our actions.

Fraternally Yours,
Mike Gallagher
Business Manager, IUOE Local 793

International Operating Engineer – FALL 2019 EDITION

The Fall 2019 digital edition of the International Operating Engineers magazine is now available and includes a two-page spread on Local 793’s 100th Anniversary! Click the image below to view the magazine.

The Fall 2019 digital edition of the International Operating Engineers magazine is now available and includes a two-page spread on Local 793’s 100th Anniversary!

Click the image below to view the magazine.

EPSCA Special Called Meeting

Below is an important notice for Local 793 members working under the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA) Agreement.

Below is an important notice for Local 793 members working under the Electrical Power Systems Construction Association (EPSCA) Agreement.

OEBAC experiencing high call volume

Message on behalf of business manager Mike Gallagher: We are about a quarter of the way through our OEBAC Information Nights and they have been very well attended by members and their spouses. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback and excitement about the new self-administration corporation. By now you will either have received […]

Message on behalf of business manager Mike Gallagher:

We are about a quarter of the way through our OEBAC Information Nights and they have been very well attended by members and their spouses. I have gotten a lot of positive feedback and excitement about the new self-administration corporation.

By now you will either have received your new drug card or will shortly receive it in the mail. At midnight on October 31, we will throw the switch and all nearly 16,000 members will have their plan administered by the union-owned corporation known as OEBAC.

As of January 1, the pension administration will also be managed by OEBAC.

OEBAC is experiencing very high call volume, so I ask you to be patient if you are trying to call. If you can’t get through, leave a message and your call will be returned.

Your pharmacy or dentist can call NexGenrx at 1-866-394-3648 including on the weekend. The OEBAC number for other inquiries is 1-844-793-1919.

It would be my suggestion that unless you urgently need to reach an OEBAC representative, that you call strategically later next week, Monday-Friday between the hours of 8am-5pm.

Another alternative is to attend one of the remaining OEBAC Information Nights. Still, another alternative is to send an email to info@oebac.org.

Remember, we have many members and if everyone is calling at the same time that will be a challenge during this initial launch of self-administration. We have added staff to address the anticipated increase in calls, but we could add 50 more staff and it would still be a challenge due to the interest we have received.

Best regards,
Mike Gallagher