ATTENTION MEMBERS OF SMW & ROOFERS LOCAL 537; IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING MAY AND JUNE 2020 DUES!
PLEAESE OPEN AND READ NOTICE BELOW:
April 30, 2020 - Covid-19 Update from SMART
April 22, 2020 - CERB & EI Update
April 7th, 2020 - Roofing ORCA Covid-19 Update
PLEASE SEE NEW INFORMATION FOR ALL SHEET METAL WORKERS AND ROOFERS LOCAL 537 - APRIL 4th, 2020
March 31, 2020, Important Information for Local 537 Members:
Information Regarding Lay-Offs for Sheet Metal, Roofers and EPSCA
- Where an employee contracts COVID-19 and is unable to work, an employer must grant any applicable (unpaid) leave to the employee under the Employment Standards Act. Employers may not terminate an employee or otherwise discriminate against an employee due to physical disability (which included certain illnesses) under the Human Rights code.
- Depending on the situation, an employer may find it necessary to close or suspend business and has a lawful right to do so.
- It has yet to be determined conclusively whether employers will be required to compensate employees in circumstances where an employer continues to operate but holds an employee without symptoms out of work.
- The Federal Government announced that it will be waiving the otherwise mandatory one-week waiting period for Employment Insurance (EI) sickness benefits for workers who are in quarantine or who have been directed to self-isolate as a result of the COVID-19. At this time, the Federal Government has not clarified what evidence will be necessary in order to qualify for the EI sick benefits and/or whether such benefits will be payable in circumstances of voluntary self-isolation.
- The Occupational Health and Safety Act requires employers to take every precaution reasonable in the circumstances to protect the health and safety of its workers. If employees run the risk of becoming infected at work, an employer must provide personal protective equipment as deemed necessary.
Where an employee has a reasonable basis to believe that COVID-19 presents a dangerous workplace condition, employees may be able to refuse to attend work or perform certain duties. In the event of a work refusal, an employer must engage in an investigation into the concerns giving rise to the refusal and, if appropriate, implement measures to eliminate or reduce any identified workplace dangers. Any such investigation will be based upon the scientific understanding of COVID-19 at the time as well as any specific facts in the individual workplace. Employees are entitled to be free from reprisal when properly exercising a reasonably based work refusal.
To the extent any Local 537 member has any specific workplace health and safety concern, Local 537 urges members to contact Local 537 office at (905)528-8737 or call our toll free # 1-888-368-4443.
In an effort to reduce the prospects of community spread and also protect the health and safety of Local 537 staff, Local 537’s office will not be accepting any member visits until further notice. Members wishing to pay their dues while the office remains closed to visitors may do so by calling the Local 537 office and paying dues by Credit Card or to get instructions on how to set up Online payments, or cheque can be mailed to 479 Main Street East, Hamilton, ON L8N 1K1
If you require any other information or documents including work permits, you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Also, all classes at the Ontario Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre in Oakville have been suspended until further notice. Members who are in classes can contact the Sheet Metal Workers Training Centre for more information at (905) 829-5655. Further updates will be posted on the Provincial Training Website at: http://www.osmwtc.com/index.php:
Local 537 will continue to monitor the situation, keep members updated and take all steps necessary to ensure the ongoing health and safety of members.
Please be advised that effective August 1, 2019 we are introducing a new Member Assistance Program! Please see below for more information.