It is your Union’s position that WCB employees should not be asked to reduce their hours. The Provincial Government does not fund the WCB and would achieve no cost savings by having staff reduce their work hours. Instead what this would do is create financial hardship for our members at an already enormously stressful and uncertain time.
I have reached out to WCB President and CEO, Winston Maharaj, to inform him of our position regarding reduced work hours for members. I have asked that he provide us with assurances that our members won’t be forced to work part-time, especially when we know that doing so would be of no help in funding critical services in the province. As your Union, we see this as an opportunity for WCB Management to go to bat for employees, and to prioritize employee well being over political considerations.
Your Union executive and I will continue to keep you informed as we hear more. In the meantime, we ask that you share with us what a reduction in hours would mean to you and your families. We will look at sharing some of these (without using members’ names), with WCB Management so that they can see first-hand how this decision will affect our members.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns related to COVID-19, please reach out to Brothers Rick Rennie, Bob Sawchyn and/or myself. We will also continue to post information at https://1063.cupe.ca/.
Wishing you and your families safety and health during this difficult time.
CUPE 1063, President