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MAHCP President’s message on WRHA announcement

Dear MAHCP members,

Today, April 7, 2017, we learned details of the WRHA’s major announcement on how our health care facilities will be changing.

The WRHA informed the public and staff that their plan is to consolidate “services at specific sites to capitalize on their strengths, position them to deliver improved quality and timeliness of care, and permit the concentration of valuable resources, such as diagnostic services and specialty physician consultation, currently spread over multiple sites” (this is from a WRHA document provided to us).

What we know so far is that emergency and acute health services will be consolidated at three sites: Health Sciences Centre, St. Boniface Hospital and Grace Hospital.

Seven Oaks Hospital and Victoria Hospital will become two Urgent Care Centres, while Concordia, Misericordia, Deer Lodge and Riverview will be “specialized” community hospitals and health centres.

My thoughts on today’s announcement are the following:

  1. Given the information we learned today, MAHCP will be concentrating on ensuring that our members are supported so that they can continue to provide the excellent patient care that Manitobans deserve.
  2. We will continue to press the WRHA to get specific information of how these changes will affect the services provided by our allied health professionals as well as specifics regarding where these services will be provided.
  3. We continue to be very concerned about the cumulative effects on the Manitoba health care system and patient care given recent legislation around wage limits.

Yes, this is indeed disruptive, but members can be assured that we will continue to meet with WRHA officials to find out the exact details of their plan. We understand that members are looking for answers and are concerned that they may not have a position or it may be in a different facility. WRHA officials have told us that “there will be jobs for everybody who wants one,” and we will hold them to that.

We will continue to share information with our membership over the coming days, weeks and months. This will be a long process, and one that will require much patience.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

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President Raises Major Concerns Over Public Health Care Cuts

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New Brunswick Premier's comments concern NBU

NUPGE - Fri, 2017-04-07 12:12

"Government officials need to listen to the warnings of employees. It appears this did not happen and we can see the results." — New Brunswick Union (NBU/NUPGE)

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International Day of Pink – April 12, 2017

UFCW Canada - Fri, 2017-04-07 10:54

Toronto – April 7, 2017 – The International Day of Pink is commemorated on the second Wednesday of April as an annual reminder that bullying has no place in our society.

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Provincial strategy session maps out fight for $15 in 2017

Rank and File - latest news - Fri, 2017-04-07 03:17
By Peter Hogarth “We are building an intergenerational, multi-racial working class movement!” Betty Douglas’ words rang out to a huge standing ovation from the packed hall. Douglas, a McDonald’s worker from St Louis, Missouri, was in Toronto for the Fight for $15 and Fairness provincial strategy… Read More
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Kazakhstan: Union Organizer Jailed for Helping Strikers

LabourStart - Thu, 2017-04-06 20:00
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Kazakhstan: Kazakh Oil Construction Company cracks down on union activists

LabourStart - Thu, 2017-04-06 20:00
LabourStart headline - Source: IndustriALL Global Union
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Budget 2017: Liberals missed the opportunity to improve public services

PSAC - Thu, 2017-04-06 19:18
During the 2015 election, Prime Minister Trudeau wrote to all public service workers promising to treat them with respect and restore the cuts made by the previous Conservative government. The second Liberal budget was an opportunity to restore the...
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Students Mobilizing Against Cuts March!

SEIU West - Thu, 2017-04-06 18:51
SEIU-West Young Workers joined students in the march against cuts - check out the pics!
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Photo gallery: Citizens stand against province

SEIU West - Thu, 2017-04-06 17:56
Protestors from all industries joined forces over the noon hour to protest the closure of Saskatchewan Transportation Company (STC), to stop Bill 40 and to stop the cuts that were announced in the recent Saskatchewan Party provincial budget. Several community leaders took to the mic to address the crowd, including Barbara Byers, Canadian Labour Congress’ Secretary-Treasurer; Barbara Cape, SEIU-West President...
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MGEU Members Help Fight Back Spring Flood Risk

It’s springtime in Manitoba – a time that is often synonymous with flooding in this part of the country – and there have already been a number of areas in the province fighting rising waters in what has become an early flood season.

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Managers who worked on Phoenix get bonuses while system is still broken

PSAC - Thu, 2017-04-06 15:18
A recent media article noted that 340 executives at Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC), the department responsible for Phoenix, got performance pay. On April 5, the government gave another update on the troubled Phoenix system and had to deal...
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Members of Tamarack Recovery ratify new agreement

Members of Tamarack Recovery - Local 157 ratified a new three-year collective agreement yesterday.

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World Health Day – April 7, 2017

This year’s theme for World Health Day is “Depression”.  Please visit the WHO website for more information.



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NSGEU members Sock It to Poverty, again!

NUPGE - Thu, 2017-04-06 11:09

Uniosn do much more than help their members. Unions help people in their communities every day, and especially with projects like Sock it to Poverty.

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Transformational Change – Purple Pause Education Vol. 2

SEIU West - Thu, 2017-04-06 11:06
Read the latest update for transformational change in education!
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UFCW Canada Eastern Provinces Council Convention

UFCW Canada - Thu, 2017-04-06 10:29

St. John’s, N.L. – April 6, 2017 – More than 100 UFCW Canada activists recently gathered in St. John’s for the UFCW Canada Eastern Provinces Council (EPC) Convention.

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Seniors shortchanged by B.C. home and residential care policies

NUPGE - Thu, 2017-04-06 09:11

The provincial government created, “a model in which public funding subsidizes the real estate acquisitions of private investors while allowing these operators to erode wages and working conditions through contracting out and contract-flipping.” — CCPA study

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Supreme Court decision will impact BC workers facing discrimination and harassment

Rank and File - latest news - Thu, 2017-04-06 06:00
By Daniel Tseghay The Tyee recently ran a series on the experiences of retail, food and beverage, and hospitality workers, and their experiences of harassment on the job. One of the articles, “Slaps, Gropes and Comments ‘Non-stop’” by Rachel Sanders, noted that 80 per cent… Read More
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Global: Ban asbestos now - stand with Rajendra

LabourStart - Wed, 2017-04-05 20:00
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