COVID-19 #5

We are now starting into our second month of COVID-19 here in New Brunswick. I can honestly say I can’t be more proud of the amazing job each Paramedic and Dispatcher are doing.  Each and every one of you are stepping up and helping our communities in this time of great uncertainty.

With our confirmed cases slowly going up in comparison to other provinces, we must remain alert and attentive on all fronts to protect ourselves, our family and our communities.

Flattening the Curve

As professionals, it is our duty to do our best to reduce the potential exposure in our patients, our work place and our families. Changing your uniform at work helps reduce the chances of carrying the virus home to our family. Proper deconning the units and changing into clean uniforms after a confirmed or high probability COVID-19 call will also greatly reduce the risk of cross contamination.

Unfortunately as we are seeing, this virus can affect all ages as well as our front line workers across the country and even in our own province. Social distancing, self-isolation and wearing proper PPE when needed are all major steps in the reduction of contacting and spreading the COVID-19 virus.

Mental well-being

As we all are dealing with COVID-19 in different ways, we must remember to take time for ourselves, both physically and mentally. Take time to step away from the overload of social media information and relax if you can. Support is also available 24/7 through our Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling in Confidence toll-free at 1-877-418-2181. Log onto the ANB Intranet and follow the links for online resources that are also available.

Vacation

As reported on March 18th, the current vacation request period has been postponed. The company will re- evaluate on or before April 30th. So far, I have not received any communication on the 2020 – 2021 vacation year.

Professional Fees (Article 39.10)

As per the Payroll department, professional fees will be paid out on April 23rd, 2020 for the 2020 year. If you or someone you know is off on WorkSafe, maternity or any other leave, they must get in contact with their Operations Manager or Human Resources Consultant and provide proof of re-registration prior to the benefit being paid out. This benefit is for full-time, part-time and casual employees.

Work of the Executive

The Executive Board remains in constant contact to continue to address your issues during this pandemic. Many issues and concerns are being brought forward daily. Many of these issues are also being addressed and changes are being made. In order to get through this and make things safe for everyone, please continue to ask questions and bring your issues forward to your Station Vice-president or Regional President. Each and every one of you is making a difference in how we deal with this pandemic in the province of New Brunswick.

Thanks again for continuing to provide EXCEPTIONAL SERVICE to this province! Remain safe, and with your help we can overcome this together!

Respectfully,

Andrew McLean
President, Local 4848