The Teamsters welcome the federal government's announcement that it is adjusting the pandemic support programs for workers. During the press conference with Prime Minister Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Freeland, we learned that the program will be extended to workers who are still suffering the full impact of the pandemic, particularly in the hotel and restaurant sector.
This Thursday, March 11 will be the National Day of Remembrance (Québec) in memory of the victims of COVID-19. This sad anniversary is an opportunity to remember all those who died during the pandemic.
One out of every four violent crimes reported to the police is a case of domestic violence, according to Statistics Canada. Women's Shelter Canada indicated in its most recent report that of the 550 shelters it supports, 59% reported a decrease in calls at the beginning of the pandemic. However, as the lockdown measures eased, more than half of these shelters (61%) experienced a surge in calls.
These past months, COVID-19 has shaped our collective imagination. The need for physical distancing has forced us to question how we work. Last spring, as offices became deserted and factories closed, health care facilities and other businesses were moving full steam ahead, and truck and delivery drivers were working flat out.
It is no secret that the COVID-19 pandemic has had an impact on all sectors of activity. Nurses, orderlies, cashiers and a few other trades were rightly thanked in a number of ways. However, I feel it is more than time to thank the truck drivers for the discreet but critical work.
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.
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.
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