$500 Pandemic Emergency Layoff Support for SMS Members

Publish date: Thursday, May 07, 2020

SMS - St. Margaret's School

Dear SMS Members, 

The PEA Executive has approved a one-time Pandemic Emergency Layoff Support for you. This support is in the form of a $500 gift to laid-off SMS members. 

Our priority is, and always will be, to fight for the best collective agreement provisions for our members and to rigorously enforce them. We are in the process of fighting for full payment for you and your fellow colleagues who have been laid off at SMS. 

As we work to enforce your collective agreement rights, we hope this support will help while you wait for funding from the provincial and federal government programs designed for workers laid off during COVID-19. 

Please complete the attached form and return it to payment@pea.org.

We look forward to welcoming you back to your role with SMS and as a PEA member once these extraordinary times have passed. 

We wish you and your family good health in these extremely challenging times and if there are other ideas on how we can support you please reach out to us. We are here for you.

Thank you, 

Shawna LaRade
PEA President

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