UA LOCAL 56 COVID 19 UPDATE
June 8 / 2020
I hope that all members and their families are healthy and safe in these challenging and changing times that have fallen upon us with the Covid pandemic. We have seen hundreds of layoffs putting our members out of work due to collateral damage of the virus, some projects closed their doors completely while others made adjustments to support “social distancing” and other Health Canada recommendations to ensure the projects continued to move forward.
Recently we have seen some light at the end of the tunnel with some of the state of emergency restrictions being lifted to allow more everyday activity to resume. We look forward to more work opportunities in the coming months for our membership, sites are opening up and tenders are actively being bid.
There have been some hard decisions to make, some of the things we cherish dearly here cannot be done responsibly and safely with Covid restrictions in place and we cannot take risks that could jeopardize any ones health.
-All Recreation Events have been cancelled for the rest of the 2020 calendar year.
- Local 56 Golf Tournament is cancelled for 2020
- Years of Service Banquet for 2020 is cancelled.
UA Local 56 has remained open throughout this pandemic, we have closed the office doors to members and the public but have been on hand to run the day to day operation of both facilities. We will be opening the doors to allow members back on June 22 /2020. Please be mindful that we will have precautions in place to protect our staff and our members.
The Training Center will resume safety training and welder testing for members who have expired or due to renew certificates in the coming months. Class sizes will be much smaller to adhere to the Health Canada guidelines, our staff will diligently work towards maintaining a safe environment for learning.
At this time we cannot safely host a membership meeting. We are looking for a solution to this and hope to have something in the near future.
In closing I hope that all members and their families have a great summer. It will be different but at least we’ll have each other. Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions or concerns.
Business Manager / Financial Secretary
UA Local 56
Guidelines for a Safe Workplace