POSTAL WORKER DIES OF COVID-19 AFTER OUTBREAK AT MISSISSAUGA SORTING FACILITY
Jan 27, 2021
By Bob Komsic
A postal employee has died as a COVID-19 outbreak at Mississauga’s Gateway East complex has grown to 224 confirmed cases since January 1.
The employee died on the weekend after testing positive January 19.
Canada Post Spokesperson Phil Legault says an additional 12 workers have contracted the virus since Monday.
The Toronto local president of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) blames the government for not adequately protecting workers.
”This tragedy underscores why we have been insisting to the government that the postal workers are indeed frontline workers,” says local president Qaiser Maroof.
”When will our health and safety be treated with high importance? The loss of one of our members is one too many.”
Canada Post says the Crown Corporation and Peel Public Health are working together to try to contain the spread of the virus at the Gateway location, including proactive testing of employees and having a clinic on-site.