Message from the President: COVID-19 Update

Publish date: Wednesday, March 18, 2020

COVID-19

Health and safety

MNU President

The following statement by MNU President Darlene Jackson was distributed to members on March 18, 2020.

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to cause major disruptions across our province, country and the world, I want to ensure that you are up to date on MNU's efforts to protect and advocate for your health and safety, and your rights at work.

As I emphasized in my last letter to members, the pandemic remains a rapidly changing situation. MNU is monitoring developments closely and we are actively responding to the needs of our members. Our entire team is focused on this issue.

I want to assure you that MNU is advocating for the full implementation of the precautionary principle, and for the use of fit-tested NIOSH-approved N-95 respirators, at a minimum, for all health care staff that require them. Please visit manitobanurses.ca/covid-19-statement for more information about our position and recommendations.

In recent days, MNU has developed and distributed a variety of resources to help you navigate this extraordinary situation. We have also issued notices about event cancellations and other developments as they occur. Most recently, the upcoming CLC Convention has also been cancelled, as has the 2020 CFNU Prairie Labour School.

With things evolving so rapidly, we've collected all COVID-19 related material including updates and resources for nurses on one page on our website.

I encourage you to keep up to date and find all the latest from MNU about COVID-19 at manitobanurses.ca/COVID-19.

If you have additional questions, contact your Labour Relations Officer or Union Representative.

We will be updating our resources regularly, and also intend to increase the frequency of email updates to members as developments occur.

With respect to MNU Provincial Office, rest assured that MNU staff are working diligently and ready to assist members. We are adhering to all recommendations from public health authorities regarding social distancing practices. Many staff are now working remotely, and the number could increase as the situation evolves.

Staff appreciate your patience and understanding as we continue to adapt to this everchanging reality and respond to a high number of inquiries. We remain absolutely committed to providing MNU members with professional, high quality representation during these challenging times.

Thank you for your continued commitment to caring. In times like these Manitobans are truly counting on nurses, and I know nurses are up to the challenge.

Stay safe, stay informed, and remember to visit manitobanurses.ca/covid-19 for the latest MNU news and information.

In solidarity,

Darlene Jackson
President
Manitoba Nurses Union

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