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Doctor’s Note: Unifor calling on provincial govs. to mandate paid time off for vaccines

Toronto, Ontario — With COVID-19 vaccinations officially in the rollout phase worldwide, labour leaders in Canada are calling on employers to allow their staff paid time off to get a spot in line for the shot.

In fact, Unifor president Jerry Dias wants provincial governments to mandate that their employees receive paid time off when their number is called for the long-awaited treatment.

“While some good employers out there are already doing this, most are not and won’t unless the government forces them to just do the right thing,” said Dias.

“We all know that vaccination is key to paving the way for the safe re-opening of businesses, and the economic recovery we are all waiting for. Employers who are advocating for lifting restrictions must also do their part and remove all barriers to workers to get the vaccine.”

Unifor has hosted several information webinars on vaccination, created a COVID-19 Vaccine Resource Page and is encouraging members to add this Facebook frame to their social media profiles to encourage friends and family to get vaccinated.

Unifor is Canada’s largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in several major areas of the economy.

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