Today is the beginning of sign ups for the $2000/month Canada Emergency Response Benefit!
If you have already applied for EI after March 15th, you do NOT need to apply for this benefit. If you have NOT applied for EI and your birthday is between January and March, you should apply today. If your birthday is April to June, please apply tomorrow. If your birthday is July to September, please apply on Wednesday. If your birthday is October to December please apply on Thursday. Apply here!
Applicants who set up direct deposit are expected to receive a first payment within three to five days. Those who use mail should receive a first payment within 10 days. Payment is $2,000 a month for up to four months.
For more information, Canadians should go to canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/benefits/apply-for-cerb-with-cra.html#how
Applicants will need to confirm that they meet the eligibility criteria, and information that they provide during the application process may be verified later, the government said.
The benefit is available from March 15 to Oct. 3. The deadline for applications is Dec. 2.
Job opportunities with Compass Group in the lower mainland and on the island. Cleaning jobs at health care facilities available at over $20/hour. Email [email protected] to be contacted by a recruiter.
Local 40 has been working with Compass Group to allow for Local 40 members to be offered positions IMMEDIATELY in area hospitals as casual cleaning employees.
Casual Employees needed at the following locations: Vancouver Metro Area, Squamish, Comox, Campbell River, Whistler, Saanich, Victoria, Nanaimo, Sechelt, Powell River.
Pay Rates vary slightly but start at $17.10 per hour for approximately 40 hours per week and possibly Overtime.
Compass will continue to pay for your Local 40 Health Care Benefits.
You will become a member of HEU and pay Union Dues equal to 2.1% of monthly earnings plus a $5 Initiation Fee.
Compass will provide TRAINING so that you are able to perform your duties safely.
If you are interested in pursuing these job opportunities, please click here.
On March 30, 2020, UNITE HERE leadership from across Canada held a tele-press conference to speak on the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers nationwide. Listen to a complete recording of the conference. For press coverage, see below:
CTV Vancouver (with video) – Hospitality workers call for financial support in face of mass layoffs
Hospitality workers’ union UNITE HERE to host tele-press conference on impact of COVID-19 on industry’s frontline workers in Canada
WHAT: Tele-press conference with UNITE HERE Canada union leadership to discuss the unprecedented economic impact of the COVID-19 crisis on workers nationwide in industries as diverse as hotels, stadiums, airlines and food service. With mortgages, utilities and rent coming due April 1, UNITE HERE Canada calls on public officials to take immediate action to ensure that hospitality workers, like all Canadian workers, can continue to live and pay their bills, and that those still working are recognized as essential employees.
• Ian Robb, UNITE HERE Local 47 President and UNITE HERE Canadian Director
• Zailda Chan, UNITE HERE Local 40 President, Vancouver
• Guled Warsame, UNITE HERE Local 75 President, Toronto
• Kevin Porter, UNITE HERE Local 272 President, Ottawa
WHEN: Monday, March 30 at 11:30am ET / 8:30am PT
WHERE: Media must RSVP for call-in information. RSVP here: https://forms.gle/oLF7jfgZyDVfQ5Ls7
WHY: UNITE HERE represents over 18,000 hotel and hospitality workers across six locals in Canada. Hospitality workers have been on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis from day one. Their work – cleaning rooms and public places, cooking and serving food, welcoming guests, carrying bags – puts them in daily contact with the public and in areas with very high risk of viral transmission.
Their workplaces – hotels, casinos, airports, arenas, universities, schools and remote resource camps – are among the first and worst hit by closures and layoffs. The Hotel Association of Canada estimates that 80 to 90 percent of the nation’s hotel industry will close this year. That means 200,000 to 250,000 hotel workers are losing jobs, the majority of them women, single parents, immigrants and people of color.
UNITE HERE Canada leadership will provide updates on the industry, call for immediate solutions, and take questions.
UNITE HERE is a labor union that represents over 300,000 members working in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation, and airport industries in North America. UNITE HERE represents over 18,000 hotel and hospitality workers across six locals in Canada.
Dear UNITE HERE Local 40 members,
The COVID-19 global health pandemic is impacting all workers in the hospitality industry in ways that none of us would have ever imagined. With the drastic downturn of tourism, border closures and public health measures, I know a majority of UNITE HERE Local 40’s members working across British Columbia in airports, hotels, food service and camps are facing economic hardships never experienced before. In a matter of weeks, expenses like paying for our rent, mortgage, car, utilities and food have become inconceivable.
But we are in this together. We need to stick together just as we have in the past when the employer has wanted to offer us very little for a contract or fighting unfair treatment. As a union, UNITE HERE will not sit quietly during this crisis. We plan to demand and work on all fronts to make sure hospitality workers are receiving the support they need to get through this period. We are in communication with employers and government officials to discuss how we minimize the impact on you and your families.
In the meantime, we have posted information on our website to address your immediate questions about Employment Insurance, Local 40 medical benefits and other information.
To answer any questions you may have about your eligibility for EI benefits, please click here. If you have additional questions about EI, send Local 40 an email at [email protected] or text to 604-813-2105.
Union Health Benefits
Local 40 is reaching out to employers about extending your medical coverage to protect you and your family. Click here for answers to questions you have about health benefits. For updates on your health benefits, please text “Local40” to 393939.
Job Opportunities for Local 40 Members
Local 40 has been working with Compass Group to allow for Local 40 members to be offered positions IMMEDIATELY in area hospitals as casual cleaning employees throughout B.C. Click here to learn more.
There has been a flurry of announcements regarding financial assistance from various levels of government to workers in need of support. Check here for ongoing updates on our website.
For Members Who are Working
We want to make sure that members who are working during this time are safe and provided with proper training and safety gear. No one should have to choose between income and protecting their health. If you have any concerns about health and safety at your workplace, please contact your organizer or workplace committee contact.
Regular Communications with Local 40 Members
This week, Local 40 held a conference call with over 150 committee members representing workplaces across the province to provide updates. We will continue to update members regularly. If you have questions about your workplace, please contact your organizer or committee person. And if you have family and friends working in hospitality and food service who need assistance, they are welcome to contact us as well at [email protected].
Now more than ever, we need to work together as we will go much further together than on our own.