Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

Sign MAHCP card required to vote in VP election

 

To be eligible to vote in the 2017 MAHCP Vice Presidential election, members must be a member in good standing, and to be in good standing requires signing an “Application for Membership.”

The application can be easily filled out by printing off this application form, filling it out and then sending it back to us by Aug. 31, 2017. This can be done by:

  • Scanning and sending it to MAHCP via personal/home email address
  • Faxing it to us at 204-775-6829
  • Or dropping it off at our office: 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. in Winnipeg

There are two candidates running for the position of Vice President:

  • Tanya Burnside
  • Janet Fairbairn

Their bios can be viewed at here.

The Vice President debate will take place at 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Canad Inns HSC. Soon after will be the electronic vote (E-vote) for Vice President, which runs from Sept. 5 to 12.

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Kleiman
Chair-Nominations Committee

President’s Update on WRHA changes

 

Many of you will have seen the media coverage yesterday regarding the WRHA’s plan regarding the reorganization/deletions of Nurses within the system. The President of the Manitoba Nurses Union is on record as stating that they were unaware of yesterday’s media conference until that very morning.

I’d like MAHCP members to know that we have had three meetings directly with the WRHA and the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services so far. During those meetings, it was my expectation that certain specifics would be shared with us to ensure that each member’s rights were being protected. The WRHA continues to add small pieces of information each time we meet, however, we still do not have the full details regarding the overall impact on the members who provide health care here in Winnipeg.

It is incredibly difficult and frankly irresponsible for us to agree to any processes related to the Healing the Health System or the Manage to Budget initiatives. The most glaring issue that we have is that we still do not have any information on the impacts of these changes at Health Sciences Centre.

Healing the Health System/Manage to Budget

I feel that a refresher on the two separate but related initiatives might help members understand this update:

The Healing the Health System is the WRHA’s label for the plan to close Emergency Departments and Urgent Care Centres and consolidate emergency and related services at St. Boniface, Health Sciences Centre, and Grace Hospital. This plan alone was sure to cause significant disruption to the services our members provide at all WRHA facilities. MAHCP was quite ready to meet with the employer to represent the rights of our members, because this plan will affect so many of the professionals who provide many different services.

On July 11, the Manage to Budget initiative was introduced. This is the plan that is seeing Physiotherapy, some Occupational Therapy, Adult Audiology outpatient services being completely deleted. Recreation Therapy is also being severely cut in areas such as Mental Health. We continue to learn of other deletions related to programs such as the Mature Women’s Clinic and the Hospital Home Team.

For some of these services, the WRHA and Government of Manitoba have stated that these are available in the private sector, so there isn’t really a reduction of health care to Manitobans. Of course, we know intuitively that this is not even remotely true. So many members who have contacted me since these announcements began have stated repeatedly that the private providers simply do not have the knowledge, experience or equipment to care for Manitobans like they can in a hospital setting. I have been quoted in the media as opposing these changes on the basis that people will not be able to afford this private care, even if it was equivalent to hospital based care. Those comments continue to fall on deaf ears in terms of those making these decisions.

For our members employed by Diagnostic Services Manitoba, we have been provided absolutely no information on any labour adjustment plans related to any of these changes. We are seeking a meeting with DSM in the very near future in order to discuss what plans exist there for our members.

That is why it is so important for MAHCP members to participate in the many rallies held at various sites around the province since these announcements began. MAHCP will be holding events and awareness campaigns as we get into the early fall months, so please, participate as much as you can. We need to continue to stand up and tell the decision makers that excellent care of Manitobans is what we need to protect. These cuts accomplish the exact opposite.

Last week, the limited information we have was shared and discussed with our entire Labour Relations Staff and the Executive Council. It is the consensus that our first priority will be to work with those members who will be directly affected by any position deletions. In other words, we know that some members will be receiving notice that their position is being deleted. We wish to ensure that those members are provided every opportunity to find meaningful employment within the system.

We know that some positions, or more accurately, the funding for those positions, will be moved to different facilities to support consolidation. We cannot guarantee that the EFTs will be the same at the receiving facility. It is also important to note that we are also working to protect members currently employed at receiving facilities. In other words, bumping will not occur between facilities, but, in some cases, it may be necessary within facilities. This way, we can ensure that the seniority rights of members are respected across the system.

Promises not kept

Despite our opposition to these decisions and the way they are being communicated, MAHCP continues to work every day to ensure that whatever process that occurs for these changes to happen is as fair as possible to all members.

An unfortunate reality emerging from these changes is that it is clear that there will be job losses. The early promises from both the government and the WRHA that everyone who wants a job will have a job in the system is proving to have never been true.

As we continue to get more information from the WRHA over the next couple of weeks, we will have a better understanding of the scope of these cuts. Until we know the depth of the cuts and changes at Health Sciences Centre, it remains impossible for us to determine how many and where and if opportunities may exist for those members to find work from anywhere within the WRHA.

As always, we will share more information as we receive it. In the meantime, please don’t hesitate to contact your provincial MLA and let her or him know that these decisions are not going to lead to better health care for Manitobans.

 

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz
MAHCP President

NOTICE ON DELETIONS – PLEASE READ

Dear MAHCP members,

Over the past few weeks, we have learned that some of our members have been told that their jobs/positions are being deleted in the re-structuring of the WRHA by their managers.

This has been taking place in conversations, with no formal, written notice of the deletions being provided to our members, nor to your Association.

The process that should have been followed is:

  • Notice of any deletions be served to MAHCP first.
  • No member will receive notice of deletion before the MAHCP has received notice in terms of the timeline and numbers of affected members.
  • Discussions on the best way to have the least impact on affected members as a result of these changes are ongoing and shall be completed before notice to members is given or the strict application of the collective agreement shall apply.
  • Timelines for deletions will coincide with an agreement on process between the WRHA and MAHCP.

We are aware that managers have been informing members of deletions, however, until there is formal notice to the correct parties it is not considered notice.

If you have been informed that your job/position is being deleted, verbal or otherwise, please let us know at info@mahcp.ca as soon as possible.

In solidarity,
MAHCP

Home emails needed to vote in MAHCP Vice-Presidential election

Dear MAHCP members,

We want your say! This September, MAHCP will be holding an election for Vice-President, and we need your current home or personal email addresses.

The reason is simple: in 2016, MAHCP moved to electronic voting to give as many members as possible the chance to vote in as convenient and easy a manner as possible.

This initiative has proven successful, as we’ve had more engagement in votes involving electronic ballots.

Informing us can easily be done by sending an email from your home or personal address to info@mahcp.ca and including your full name (so our staff can find you in our database to update an email or add you to our database).

Please share this information with as many of your MAHCP colleagues as possible so that we have as many members as possible voting in this important election!

Also, please make sure to check your spam folder, as sometimes MAHCP emails end up there, even though our staff tries to avoid this as much as possible from our end.

The MAHCP Vice Presidential election will run Sept. 5-12, and a VP Debate will take place from 5-7 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Canad Inns HSC. For those members who can’t attend the debate in-person, it will be recorded and available for viewing soon after.

There are two candidates running for Vice President: Tanya Burnside and Janet Fairbairn. Their bios are available on the MAHCP website: http://mahcp.ca/2017-mahcp-vice-presidential-election/

 

Thank you,

Michael Kleiman
Chair- Nominations Committee

MAHCP President continues to push for Labour Adjustment Strategy

 

Today, MAHCP representatives met with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services (PHLRS.) The purpose of this meeting was to begin procedural discussions regarding impacts of the WRHA announced changes on our members. The PHRLS is the body responsible for all labour relations matters within Manitoba’s Health system.
We were expecting to be provided with specific information that would allow us to understand the Labour Adjustment Strategy (number of positions affected and/or deleted, vacancy opportunities, etc.) However, no details were provided which resulted in a conceptual discussion around how we can best minimize the impact on members as these changes are rolled out.
There is another meeting being scheduled where we have been told that this information will be available to us. Without this specific level of information, it is not possible for us to meaningfully discuss what processes would look like.
I am aware that specific individuals have been informally notified by managers that their positions will be deleted because of these changes. Please feel free to email me or your Labour Relations Officer if you have had this conversation with your manager.
Once we have the details regarding the actual staffing impacts, we will be arranging member meetings where we can discuss these changes and how MAHCP will continue to ensure your employment rights are being respected.
More information will be shared early next week as we receive a clearer picture of the entire situation.
In the meantime, MAHCP will continue to publicly demand answers from government about how privatizing outpatient services and causing chaos within the system benefits Manitobans.

In Solidarity,
Bob Moroz
MAHCP President

2017 MAHCP Vice Presidential election

 

MAHCP would like to announce that there will be an election for Vice President in 2017.

There are two candidates running for the position of Vice President:
Tanya Burnside – bio here
Janet Fairbairn – bio here

The Nominations Committee is currently finalizing plans for this election, which consists of an electronic vote (E-vote) in September. A Vice Presidential debate is being planned for 5 p.m. on Aug. 30 at Canad Inns HSC.

More information on the election for Vice President will be made available to members over the course of the summer.

In Solidarity,
Michael Kleiman
Chair-Nominations Committee

MAHCP President’s message on PT/OT changes that WRHA announced today

Today the Winnipeg Regional Health Authority released more information regarding changes to health delivery in our province.

Some of these changes are going to have a significant impact on our members.

The release indicates that adult outpatient Physiotherapy and Occupational Therapy will be moved out of hospital and into private practice (ie: privatization). This will be an enormous hardship on Manitobans who rely on these outpatient services. The release makes no mention of the Professionals who provide these services and how they will be individually affected.

At a meeting with WRHA officials and other unions this morning, I asked the question regarding the continuing lack of a labour adjustment plan for workers in the Professional/Technical/Paramedical sector. We still do not know the overall impact on EFTs within the system.

MAHCP’s commitment is to continue to press for this information and to ensure that each member is treated within the scope of the collective agreement and as professionals dedicated to their patients.

To that end, we are arranging a meeting within the next few days with the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services to specifically discuss these changes and what it means precisely for those members affected.

I know that there will be many, many questions about this announcement. More information will follow as we continue to receive it.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz
MAHCP President

MAHCP President’s message on Public Sector Unions’ filing for Injunction

 

Today I attended a press conference with fellow Public Sector union leaders and the Manitoba Federation of Labour on the filing of an Injunction and Statement of Claim against Bill 28: the Public Services Sustainability Act.

MAHCP is a member of the Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS). The PDPS represents more than 110,000 workers in Manitoba.

The Public Services Sustainability Act, also known as Bill 28, undermines the process of meaningful, good faith bargaining by preventing public sector unions from negotiating the terms of conditions of employment for public sector workers.

This is a right that we as unions take seriously and are prepared to defend.

Today’s media release is here.

 

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

 

MAHCP Walkabout for Patient Services

 

Please join MAHCP leaders, members and friends as we Walk in Support of Patient Services!

These services are being impacted by the impending changes to our provincial health care system.

All MAHCP members, their friends and family, hospital employees, fellow members of other unions and the public are welcome to walk with us.

This event takes place on June 29, 2017, from noon until 1 pm.

We’re meeting at noon at the old HSC ER parking lot on McDermot Avenue and have a route planned that will take the walkers out to Notre Dame Avenue, back to McDermot, to Sherbrook Street and then to William Avenue. If time permits, walkers will continue west on William Avenue to Tecumseh Street and then to McDermot. (Please see attached poster)

Feel free to join us for all or part of the Walk in Support of Patient Services!

 

 

MAHCP 47th Annual General Meeting – October 12, 2017

 

We are now taking registration for MAHCP’s 47th Annual General Meeting.  The meeting will be held on October 12, 2017 at the Victoria Inn-Winnipeg at 1808 Wellington Ave, Winnipeg.

Please complete the pre-registration form and return to us as per the instructions on the form.

If you have any questions regarding the AGM, please contact our office at 204-772-0425 or info@mahcp.ca.

MAHCP President’s Tour heads north this week

 

MAHCP members in Northern Manitoba, President Bob Moroz is on his way to see you!

President Moroz will be hosting the official meetings in Thompson, Flin Flon and The Pas on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday respectively. Full information below:

  • Thompson – June 20, 2017 – United Steel Workers Local 6166, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm
  • Flin Flon – June 21, 2017 – Victoria Inn, 3 pm to 5 pm
  • The Pas – June 22, 2017 – Kikiwak Inn, 3 pm to 5 pm

Among the topics that will be discussed at these meetings are:

  1. Upcoming bargaining
  2. Recent provincial legislation affecting all public-sector workers and specifically the health-care sector (Bill 28 and Bill 29)
  3. And any local issues that members would like to bring forward

For our members at the different DSM facilities in the North, you are most welcome to attend the meeting that is most convenient for you.

We’d love to see as many MAHCP members as possible during the Northern Tour.

Thank you!

President’s update on R&R fund

 

Dear MAHCP members,

We have an update on the Recruitment and Retention (R&R) Fund.

In our June 2017 newsletter, I wrote that while the negotiation of the R&R Fund had been completed, we were hearing from members about delays in its distribution. Furthermore, I promised to update the membership when we heard back from the employer, which is the reason for this message.

As of today, June 12, we are aware of the continued delay in implementation of this fund in the WRHA. We are also aware that other regions have had this fund implemented (both MAHCP and non-MAHCP).

The latest information that we have from the Provincial Health Labour Relations Services (PHLRS) is that delays seem to be due to certain fiscal year end procedures on their end. This has prevented them from being able to make the changes to the system throughout Winnipeg.

We have been informed that this work is happening now and that the adjustments and retroactive payments should happen in July. We’ll continue to monitor this fund’s distribution and update the membership, if needed.

 

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

Info on next round of MAHCP General Membership meetings

 

The next set of General Membership meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz have been scheduled, and we hope to see as many members as possible in attendance!

First off, a big THANK YOU to the dozens of members that attended the meetings at Concordia Hospital and Victoria General Hospital. Your questions and suggestions have been noted and we’re doing all we can to get answers for you.

MAHCP planned these General Membership meetings with President Moroz to discuss the WRHA’s recent announcement of ER closures at three Winnipeg hospitals and the shutdown of the Urgent Care Clinic at Misericordia, as well as answer any questions members may have about other issues affecting their livelihoods.

As we have mentioned before, we may plan more dates for meetings with members, so if you do not see your workplace in the list below, it does not mean that you won’t be getting a meeting.

MAHCP members who cannot attend their site-specific General Membership meeting with President Moroz are welcome to attend a meeting at another site.

This means that if you can’t make the meeting scheduled for your site, but you could make it to one of the meetings at another hospital or the one to be held at the MAHCP office (101-1500 Notre Dame Ave.), you’re more than welcome to do so.

This is also the case for our members at the different DSM facilities, please feel free to attend any of the meetings scheduled below.

Thank you!

 

List of meetings:

Health Sciences Centre/CancerCare Manitoba – June 7, 2017 @CanadInns HSC, 3 pm to 5 pm

St. Boniface Hospital – June 8, 2017 – DG030 Auditorium, 3 pm to 5 pm

Seven Oaks Hospital – June 12, 2017 – Auditorium, 3 pm to 6 pm

Smaller Sites and Local Tables – June 14, 2017 @MAHCP Office, 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave., 3 pm to 6 pm (This meeting is for MAHCP members at Actionmarguerite, Breast Health Centre-Clerical, Community Therapy Services, Aboriginal Health and Wellness, Canadian Blood Services, Jocelyn House, Manitoba Clinic, Rehab Centre for Children, Society for Manitobans with Disabilities, and Winnipeg Clinic)

Brandon All Sites Meeting – June 15, 2017 – Clarion Hotel Brandon, 3 pm to 5 pm (This meeting is for MAHCP members at Brandon Clinic, CCMB in Brandon, and Dynacare in Brandon)

Misericordia – June 26, 2017 – Location TBD, 3 pm to 5 pm

Deer Lodge – June 29, 2017 – Location TBD, 3 pm to 5 pm

For Northern Manitoba:

Thompson – June 20, 2017 – United Steel Workers Local 6166, 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm

The Pas – June 21, 2017 – Kikiwak Inn, 3 pm to 5 pm

Flin Flon – June 22, 2017 – Victoria Inn, 3 pm to 5 pm

 

Please join us at Lace Up for Diabetes and Pride Parade

 

This Sunday, MAHCP is participating in two very worthy events and we’d love to see more members there!

Lace Up for Diabetes Canada: 8 a.m., June 4

The 2017 edition of Lace Up for Diabetes takes place on Sunday and MAHCP has a handful of sponsored spots still available.

Members interested in signing up for this event, which starts at 8 a.m. and includes a 10 km timed run, 5 km walk/run, 3 km walk/run and a Kids Fun Run, can do so at the Team MAHCP page:

http://crm2.diabetes.ca/site/TR/Events/cdaGeneric2016?team_id=3670&pg=team&fr_id=2546#.WPeCmmc2y70

There will be food and beverages, medals and prizes for the top fundraisers. The Lace Up for Diabetes event is for a wonderful cause; funds raised go towards Diabetes Canada’s programs and services, research, education and advocacy. The Canadian Diabetes Association became Diabetes Canada this past February.

Pride Winnipeg Parade: 10 a.m., June 4

And for the first time in our history, MAHCP will be marching in the Pride Winnipeg Parade and we invite all our members to join us!

There’s no RSVP required: we’re asking members to attend the rally at 10 a.m. and then assemble at the marshalling area near the Manitoba Legislature. MAHCP was given No. 46, so we believe this number may be our meet up point.

The Parade route starts at the Legislature, travels up Portage Avenue, and ends at The Forks.

This is the 30th anniversary of the Pride Winnipeg Festival, and we’re more than honoured to be a part of it. Get there early: the first 30 participants to arrive will receive a free T-shirt.

Dragon Boat cancellation

While there has been a lot of engagement with the two events listed above, unfortunately, due to not enough members signing up, we were forced to cancel our MAHCP Conquer-Oars team in the 2017 edition of the Canadian Cancer Society’s River City Dragon Boat Festival.

It was an incredibly difficult decision, but the number of participants was simply too low to put the team together. As a committee, we are exploring the possibility of entering a similar event for smaller dragon boats and will keep membership updated on this endeavour.

 

Sincerely,

Your MAHCP Communications Committee

 

 

June 2017 Newsletter

 

Inside the June 2017 MAHCP News issue:

  • President’s Message – IMPORTANT
  • Central Table Bargaining Committee member nominations
  • Executive Council nominations
  • Member Advocate nominations
  • Scholarship information

and much more

 

Important Deadlines

June 28, 2017 – Executive Council nominations

June 29, 2017 – Call for Resolutions for the MAHCP Constitution

June 30, 2017 – Member Advocate nominations

July 14, 2017 – Scholarship applications

July 31, 2017 – Honour Roll nominations

Forms for the above can be found under the Forms and Scholarship links.  Information can be found by reading the March 2017 newsletter.

 

 

Clarification: MAHCP members can attend non-site meetings

 

This is a clarification to our previous message about the MAHCP General Membership meetings:

MAHCP members who cannot attend their site-specific General Membership meeting with President Bob Moroz are welcome to attend a meeting at another site.

This means that if you can’t make the meeting scheduled for your site, but you could make it to one of the meetings at another hospital or the one to be held at the MAHCP office (101-1500 Notre Dame Ave.), you’re more than welcome to do so.

 

Below is the list of meetings scheduled so far (as of May 17, 2017):

(Meetings listed below will be held from 3 pm to 5 pm)

Seven Oaks Hospital – May 17, 2017 @CanadInns Garden City

Concordia Hospital – May 24, 2017 @Concordia Hospital’s Lecture Rms 1 & 2

Victoria General Hospital – May 30, 2017 @Victoria Hospital’s Classrooms 2 & 3

Misericordia Health Centre – Date and location TBD

Health Sciences Centre/CancerCare Manitoba – June 7, 2017 @CanadInns HSC

St. Boniface Hospital – June 8, 2017 – St. Boniface’s DG030 Auditorium

Smaller Sites and Local Tables – June 14, 2017 @MAHCP Office, 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave.

Brandon All Sites Meeting – June 15, 2017 – Location TBD

For Northern Manitoba:

Northern Tour – June 19-22, 2017 – Specific dates, rooms and times will be provided later

 

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