Posted on Mar 18, 2020 at: 01:34pm
March 18, 2020
The COVID-19 pandemic is a fluid and rapidly changing situation. Our Members; Agents, PR
Reps, Marketing Specialists and Office Personnel, are the heart of the local and AIL. There is
nothing more important than safety, health and well-being of you, our families and the
communities we are a part of.
Like many other unions and workplaces, we are navigating an unprecedented situation which
comes with difficult decisions. Our business is unique – we sell insurance and meet with
people in-group and or a one-on-one setting. Social distancing right now during this pandemic
is crucial to flatten the curve. Without a doubt, many of us will be facing challenges booking
appointments and or meeting face to face with people in the upcoming days, weeks and
maybe even months.
Businesses are closing daily – social distancing is on everyone minds! Below are links to
detailed information from Health Canada and UNIFOR Canada as they contain far more detailed
information relating to COVID-19, symptoms, precautions, seeking treatment, travel advisories
etc. Health Canada at a minimum should be followed as this situation is very fluid and changes
day by day. We also strongly recommend you pay attention to your municipal and provincial
authorities as locally things might vary depending on where you’re located.
PUBLIC SERVICES HEALTH CANADA and your LOCAL HEALTH AUTHORITIES regularly for up-to-date COVID-19 information;
Please visit: http://www.unifor.org/covid19
We believe based on the travel, in home meetings and constant contact with people in close
proximity not only are our Agents vulnerable to COVID-19 but could potentially become
community spreaders themselves. It’s even more important for you to take precautions when
interacting with clients. These include following strict hand hygiene regimen, sneeze & cough
etiquette, social distancing of at least 2 meters or more, avoiding physical contact with others
and avoiding people who are symptomatic. This needs to be practiced both with clients and with
co-workers both in and outside the offices.