Agreement Reached To Deploy Municipal Staff To Support Community Response To COVID-19

Monday April 6th, 2020

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The City of Windsor has announced the redeployment of nearly 250 municipal staff, members off CUPE Local 82 and CUPE Local 543 into functions across the organization in short-term roles with vital community partners to support the overall community response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These roles will include supporting the ongoing delivery and distribution of Hiram-Walker produced hand sanitizer to priority locations across the City of Windsor, deployment to the Unemployed Help Centre to support community projects and ssigned work with Meals-on-Wheels and other meal-provision organizations.

They will also work to do enhanced cleaning at City Hall facilities, which are closed to the public, but operating with a reduced staff complement; and
Working at Huron Lodge to increase the screening of staff, dietary support for residents and increased cleaning capacity.

In determining how and where to deploy recalled staff, specific care has been undertaken to ensure the ongoing health and safety of municipal employees.

The city says that no worker will be tasked with an assignment that would place them at significant risk, and where required, appropriate personal protective equipment is being made available.

“I’d like to thank those within the labour movement who helped facilitate the resolution of the impasse the City of Windsor had experienced this weekend – chief among them Rob Kolody, President of CUPE Local 82,” said Windsor Mayor Drew Dilkens. “Rob took an early and principled stand that helped us shape the City’s response and ensure as many workers continued to contribute through the Staffing Plan as possible, helping to minimize the overall number of headcount reductions.”

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