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Essential or Non-Essential?

AS OF APRIL 27, 2020

Members have continued to report that they have been told that they are ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’ and this has created confusion and stress for members.  The unions have been informed that the use of these terms was not intended in the job action/essential services sense, but as a definer for which services were essential to be maintained or continued during the Covid-19 response and which were not.

If you have been told that you are being deemed ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’, please contact labourrelations@hsas.ca as HSAS should be involved in any of those determinations.

 

AS OF MARCH 22, 2020:

HSAS has heard many concerns from members who have been told that their work is “essential” or “non-essential”.

In the daily meetings with the Ministry of Health and the SHA, HSAS has formally requested that the SHA provide definitions and criteria for designating who is an “essential” employee. HSAS has also formally requested a list of all members who the SHA considers to be “essential”.

Along with other unions, HSAS has not received any clarity around essential services.  We continue to raise questions of the Ministry of Health and the SHA.

If you have been told that you are being deemed ‘essential’ or ‘non-essential’, please contact labourrelations@hsas.ca as HSAS should be involved in any of those determinations.

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