Covid-19 Updates

IRONWORKER LOCAL 721 MEMBERSHIP

For members who may have questions

  • The Ontario Ironworkers District Council supports COVID-19 vaccinations and encourages members to get vaccinated, unless they have a compelling reason for not doing so.
  • Despite our view about the benefits of being vaccinated, the decision to be or not to be vaccinated is ultimately up to each individual member’s own personal choice.
  • When members have any questions about being vaccinated, they should seek advice from legitimate public health sources and/or their Doctor.
  • The Local will work to support the health and safety of all of our members collectively and support their rights to attend a safe workplace.
  • If or when an employer implements rules or policies requiring employees to get vaccinated in order to keep working members should let their business representatives know as soon as possible. The Union will do its best to support all of its members, but there are no guarantees that mandatory vaccination rules will or can be struck down.
  • Individual case details should be obtained and the matter reviewed for merit as it relates to the members rights as member of Local 721. The Local will vigorously attend to any grievance that may be applicable through the various collective bargaining agreements as it relates to the health and safety obligations of our employers or any other possible breaches in our CBA.
  • Although the Union will do its best to support and defend our members’ individual choices, absent compelling medical or human rights related reasons, this may not always be possible. Members who choose not to be vaccinated may be limiting their employment options.
  • We will work to find additional referral for any members who are disenfranchised from work opportunities to areas where the member can work.

Fraternally,

LUIZ BARROS

IW Local 721 President

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Requirements for attending any meetings held at Local 721 – Covid-19

https://www.ontario.ca/laws/regulation/200364

https://covid-19.ontario.ca/proof-covid-19-vaccination

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Covid-19 Vaccination Policies in Canada

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The Iron Workers District Council Covid-19 Testing Protocols

Covid19 Testing ON



URGENT

November 20th, 2020

Local 721 is concerned about the health of our members, their families and the broader community in which we all live and work.
Effective Monday November 23rd, 2020 12:01AM the Local and Training Centre will close its doors to any and all foot Traffic. Only scheduled training courses based on the modified class sizes through the Training centre will occur in compliance with the recently announced lockdown requirements by the Ontario Provincial Government for the city of Toronto area
As a result, we urge our members to take reasonable precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19. Symptoms of COVID-19 may include things such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and its symptoms may resemble a cold or the flu.
There are many sources of public health information on COVID-19. We urge you to listen to the advice of public health experts and to follow their directions. As the public health response to this issue may change rapidly, we recommend getting your advice from sources such as the public health website for Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health website.
If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 or to have been exposed to it please contact your primary care provider, local public health unit or Telehealth (1-866-797-000).
If you receive direction from your doctor or public health, please comply with it, including any directions to self-isolate/not attend work. If this happens, please inform your employer.
We encourage members in these circumstances to take reasonable precautions to avoid attending work and spreading illness. If you are sick or if you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 then please inform your employer.
It is also possible that your employer may be concerned that you are exhibiting symptoms and ask you to not work even if you feel you are well enough to work. If you receive such a direction please comply with it. If you think the direction was unfair or wrong then please contact Local 721.
In the short-term we ask that members communicate on Local Union issues as much as possible without physical attendance at Local 721’s offices. We are reachable by phone and email and will update our website www.iw721.org as further information becomes available and we ask that you check for updates from us.

Fraternally yours,
Luiz Barros, President
Fred MacPherson, Business Manager/F.S.T


WELDING DEPARTMENT

Practice days are Mondays & Wednesdays from 7:30 am to 7:00 pm (Maximum of 9 people at a time) you must pre-booked your times slots.

You can contact us at (416)-236-4026 or Email info@iw721.org

CWB weld test can be scheduled on Thursdays and must be pre-booked ahead of time.

You can contact us at  (416)-236-4026 or Email info@iw721.org

Group 1 from 7:00 am – 9:00 am (max 8 people)

Group 2 from 9:30am – 11:30am (max 8 people)


Apprentice Classes

Apprentice courses have resumed the regular schedule with COVID-19 policies in place.

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For more information , please call the Apprentice Coordinator, Clinton Knowlton, at 416-236-4026, ext.226 

or Maria at 416-236-4026, ext. 303.


COVID-19 UDPATE #13

RE: Rodmen Benefit Plan

To download the letter, click here.

Feeling overwhelmed with COVID-19?  Our Member Assistance Program (MAP) is here to help!

1-844-880-9142

Workhealthlife.com

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COVID-19 UDPATE #12

RE: Union Dues

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COVID-19 UDPATE #11

RE: Benefit Plan

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Feeling overwhelmed with COVID-19?  Our Member Assistance Program (MAP) is here to help!

1-844-880-9142

Workhealthlife.com

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COVID-19 UDPATE #10

RE: Working At Heights extension

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COVID-19 UDPATE #9

RE: Update  letter regarding COVID-19 Ontario Building Trades

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Re: COVID-19 Advisory for construction workplaces in Ontario,  click here.

Re:  List of essential workplaces, click here.


COVID-19 UDPATE #8

RE: How to apply to EI during COVID-19

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COVID-19 Update #7

re: WSIB’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic


Click  here to download the above in letter format. Click here for the BTWS newsletter.


COVID-19 Update #6

Re: COVID-19 ANSWERS TO EMPLOYER QUESTIONS

FROM THE CANADIAN PAYROLL ASSOCIATION

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COVID-19 UDPATE #5

RE: Out-of-Province Emergency Travel Insurance

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COVID-19 UDPATE #4

Re: EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE

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COVID-19 UDPATE #3 

 RE: OUR CORRESPONDENCE DATED MARCH 12, 2020

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COVID-19 UDPATE #2

RE: members of Local 721 and benefit coverage for Out of Country Emergency Medical Insurance Coverage

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COVID-19 UDPATE #1

Re: Message from the President & Business Manager

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COVID-19

March 12, 2020

Local 721 is concerned about the health of our members, their families and the broader community in which we all live and work.

As a result, we urge our members to take reasonable precautions to prevent the transmission of COVID-19.  Symptoms of COVID-19 may include things such as fever, cough and difficulty breathing and its symptoms may resemble a cold or the flu.

There are many sources of public health information on COVID-19.  We urge you to listen to the advice of public health experts and to follow their directions.  As the public health response to this issue may change rapidly, we recommend getting your advice from sources such as the public health website for Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Health website.

If you are concerned that you may have COVID-19 or to have been exposed to it please contact your primary care provider, local public health unit or Telehealth (1-866-797-000).

If you receive direction from your doctor or public health, please comply with it, including any directions to self-isolate/not attend work.  If this happens, please inform your employer.

We encourage members in these circumstances to take reasonable precautions to avoid attending work and spreading illness. If you are sick or if you were exposed to someone who has COVID-19 then please inform your employer.   If you request sick leave and your employer will not agree to it then please contact Local 721.

It is also possible that your employer may be concerned that you are exhibiting symptoms and ask you to not work even if you feel you are well enough to work.  If you receive such a direction please comply with it.  If you think the direction was unfair or wrong then please contact Local 721.

In the short-term we ask that members communicate on Local Union issues as much as possible without physical attendance at Local 721’s offices.  We are reachable by phone and email and will update our website  www.iw721.org as further information becomes available and we ask that you check for updates from us.

Fraternally yours,

Luiz Barros, President

Fred MacPherson, Business Manager/F.S.T

To download the letter and poster, click here.