COVID-19 UPDATE: Precautionary Principle, Federal Income Support and Provincial Measures

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Precautionary Principle Knowledge about how COVID-19 is transmitted has yet to be fully understood. For this reason, CUPE is recommending that health care settings adopt the precautionary principle towards infection prevention and control of COVID-19. The precautionary principle means taking action to prevent infection from potentially serious viruses without having to wait for complete scientific proof that a course of …

COVID-19 UPDATE: Personal Protective Equipment

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Fact vs Myth: Personal Protective Equipment While our workplaces prepare to confront the threat of COVID-19 there have been many discussions around Personal Protective Equipment and the role it can play in protecting members from communicable diseases like COVID-19, especially those situations where respiratory protection is required. With these discussions occurring in many workplaces we wanted to ensure CUPE locals …

Joint Statement: Keeping Health Care Workers Safe during the COVID-19 Pandemic 

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The following is a joint statement issued today by the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU), the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and the Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP). Our province’s health care workers are committed to providing the best and safest care possible to patients. …

COVID-19 UPDATE: March 18, 2020

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Right to Refuse CUPE has been receiving many questions from members who want to know how the current COVID-19 pandemic may affect their right to refuse. As a worker in Newfoundland and Labrador, you have the legal right to refuse unsafe work, according to Section 45 of the Occupational Health and Safety Act, when there are reasonable grounds to believe …