COVID 19 Records of Employment

Hello Union Family

Due to the high number of calls regarding Records of Employment (ROE) due to COVID I will try to answer the more common ones, but if you still have questions please contact me at the Edmonton Union Hall at (780) 426-2874.

Service Canada issued a notice to Employers regarding Box 16 reason for separation;

  • When employee sick or quarantined – Code D illness or injury – do not include comments
  • When employee stops working due to shortage of work or shutdown due to Covid-19 Code A – Shortage of work – do not include comments
  • When employee is not sick or quarantined but not working due to other Coronavirus related reasons – Code E (Quit) or Code N (Leave of Absence) do not include comments

The reason that comments are not to be entered is because comments trigger a review by a service agent and will hold up the process of receiving benefits. Once you are submitting your claim the program will prompt you if the layoff was due to COVID 19. This is where you get to self-report that your layoff was due to COVID 19.

The Government of Canada has stated that the COVID benefits will not use up regular Employment Insurance weeks. However, they have not provided notice on how this will work or what information will need to be supplied but for now getting benefits started is the focus and the rest will be worked out as they go along.

There has also been a number of problems with Members being issued ROE’s that have incorrect start or end dates. If this has happened to you, please contact the contractor and the Local as soon as possible. The Government is holding up a number of claims to do the individuals information not being the same as on the ROE, or ROE’s being changed after they have been filed. So, it is best to have this rectified as soon as possible to reduce wait times for benefits.

Thank you

Kevin Lecht

Local Union Meetings

Good afternoon Union Family Members,

Please be informed that there NO Local Executive Board or Local General Membership Meeting tomorrow as these meetings have been suspended, by the International General Executive Board until such time as the COVID-19 virus national emergency quarantine and isolation recommendations are lifted. 

Stay Safe

In solidarity,

Brother Kevin Lecht

Pulmonary Function testing for Health and Welfare Health Spending Account

Good day Union Family Members

To day the trustees of the Health and Welfare plan met for our quarterly meeting.

The question came up about the $400-dollar Health Spending Account (HAS) and what would happen if a member is not able to complete the Pulmonary Function Test (PFT) in time due to the closure of the WOW center and all not critical lab tests and x-rays being canceled due to COVID-19. Under normal circumstances the member would not receive the for the year if they do not have a valid PFT. However, the trustees past a motion that the HSA will be provided to members that are due for their PFT this year as long as the PFT is completed by December 31, 2020.

Members will receive their reminder notices as normal with the date that the PFT will expire and we encourage the members if able to complete the PFT as close to the two-year cut off as possible. However, with this extension members should be able to have some relief until the situation gets back to normal.

If you have any questions, please contact the Health and Welfare administrator or I at the Edmonton Union hall. (780) 426-2874

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht

Local 110 Office Update – COVID-19

Good day Union Family Members,

On March 17, 2020 the Province of Alberta declared a public heath emergency under the Public Health Act. This has resulted in new recommendations to help reduce the spread of COVID-19. To find out more visit https://www.alberta.ca/coronavirus-info-for-albertans.aspx

Currently Local 110 is able to stay open, but we will be taking additional steps to ensure the health of our Members, Staff and Officers. The office will continue with wipe downs of all touch point surfaces. Staff are segregated into individual offices to increase social distancing. Starting tomorrow, Thursday March 19, 2020 our office will be closed to the Public as well as Members. The Staff and Officers will continue to be at work and will conduct business through phone calls and emails. If it is absolutely necessary for you to come to the Union office during this time you will be required to make an appointment by calling (780) 426-2874.

The Business Agents and I can be contacted at the Union office at (780) 426-2874 or by email;

Business Manager: Kevin Lecht                                kevinl@insulators110.com

Northern Business Agent: Doug Casemore            dougc@insulators110.com

Southern Business Agent: Derek Stock                   dereks@insulators110.com

Central Business Agent: Stacy Edmondson            stacye@insulators110.com

I understand that this is an increasingly stressful time. A large number of our members are being removed from site without a clear timeline for returning to the project. While others are struggling with being on the job and dealing with the uncertainty at home that has come with the COVID-19 crisis. I want all the members to know that the Union Officers and Staff will continue to provide service and help as we are able. Additionally, there is help for our members through the Construction Employee & Family Assistance Program (CERAP). They are set up for counselling and other services both online and over the phone. They can be contacted at www.homewoodhealth.com or 1-800-663-1142. For those who are having financial difficulty some of the banks are providing relief on mortgage payments, and all the major credit card companies have announced programs to help people through the financial uncertainty. Contact your lending institution to find out more.

Lastly, if you are feeling unwell or have symptoms of COVID-19, stay home and contact Health Link at 811. With some patience, prevention, and understanding we will get through this situation and be back to normal shortly.

In Solidarity
Kevin Lecht

COVID-19

Good afternoon Brothers & Sisters,

In light of the most recent recommendations by the Alberta Government and the Chief Medical Officer of Health to slow the spread of the COVID-19 virus, Local 110 will continue serving its Membership by remaining OPEN at this time.

However, we are asking that the Members please take precautionary measures and conduct Union business over the phone as much as possible. Social distancing and restricting personal contact are important steps we all need to be taking to limit the spread of the COVID-19 virus and to protect others and ourselves.

You can contact your Business Agent or myself by phone at the Union halls or by email:

Business Manager: Kevin Lecht                                kevinl@insulators110.com

Central Business Agent: Stacy Edmondson              stacye@insulators110.com

Northern Business Agent: Doug Casemore              dougc@insulators110.com

Southern Business Agent: Derek Stock                    dereks@insulators110.com

Please visit alberta.ca/COVID19 for the latest information, guidance and resources or contact Alberta Health Services through Health Link 811 if you have recently traveled outside Canada and aren’t feel well or think were exposed to someone who has COVID-19.

In solidarity,

Brother Kevin Lecht

Local 110 Holiday Office Hours

Good afternoon Brothers & Sisters,

The Edmonton & Calgary Union halls will be closed from Monday December 23, 2019 thru Wednesday January 1, 2020. Regular business hours will resume on Thursday January 2, 2020.

Any Health & Welfare self payments for January coverage should be paid no later than December 20, 2019.

I would like to wish all our Members and their families a Happy Holiday and a Wonderful New Year.

In Solidarity

Kevin Lecht