Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

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

 

MAHCP plans series of membership meetings with President Bob Moroz

 

In light of the Pallister government’s proposed Bill 28 and Bill 29, and the WRHA’s recent announcement of ER closures at three Winnipeg hospitals and the shutdown of the Urgent Care Clinic at Misericordia, your MAHCP leadership has planned several General Membership meetings with President Bob Moroz.

During these meetings, which will be taking place all over the province, Bob will share with members what we know – and don’t know – about the government’s bills and WRHA re-organization.

The first set of meetings are scheduled for the sites where the WRHA’s announced changes will impact most. We are also planning a tour of our northern Manitoba towns for the week of June 19.

*Members please note* This list is not exhaustive, as we are in the midst of planning more dates with members. If you do not see your workplace in the list below, it does not mean that you won’t be getting a meeting. This is simply the list we have up until now, and we’ll be sending out more dates and locations in the coming weeks.

Thank you all and it is our hope to see as many members as possible at the General Membership meetings!

 

List of meetings:

(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 Site 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

 

 

National Hospice Palliative Care Week – May 7-13, 2017

 

“Hospice palliative care is about living well. Right to the end.”

Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying; and strives to help patients and families:

  • address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
  • prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process
  • cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.

Please visit the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association website for more information.

 

International Day of the Midwife

International Day of The Midwife takes place every May 5th. This is a time to recognise the important job midwives do around the world and the care they provide in your community.

Visit the International Confederation of Midwives website for more information.

 

Mental Health Week – May 1-7, 2017

Mental health is key to our well-being. We can’t be truly healthy without it. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community.

Good mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a ‘perfect’ life. It’s about living well and feeling capable despite challenges. Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive, just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health.

For more information on mental health programs and services in your community, go to CMHA’s website at cmha.ca and mentalhealthweek.ca.  Or contact your local CMHA, or any other community mental health agency/organization, to obtain information on available supports and services close to you.

National Physiotherapy Month

With over 20,000 registered physiotherapists in Canada, National Physiotherapy Month is an opportunity to celebrate the profession and recognize the expertise and care that physiotherapists provide to promote good health, prevent injury, and improve the physical function and well-being of Canadians through the treatment of a wide range of conditions.

May is Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted. Yet the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. Each year the month of May is dedicated to raising public awareness about communication health issues and highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication health issues.

Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

Come for the races and stay for the barbecue!

 

The MAHCP Conquer-Oars are looking for paddlers to join their Dragon Boat team on the waters of Lake Shirley June 2 and 3, in benefit of the Canadian Cancer Society.

The River City Dragon Boat Festival, which takes place at the Manitoba Waterski & Wakeboard Park (365 Murdock Road in east Winnipeg), is a chance to savour the great outdoors, share laughs with your teammates and enjoy the family-friendly atmosphere and entertainment.

For 2017, the team will also be enjoying a free barbecue on Saturday, June 3!

If you can’t make it out to the event, the Conquer-Oars hope that you consider making a donation to the team via its profile page: http://convio.cancer.ca/site/TR/Manitobathirdpartyevent/DRAGON_MB_/1528422187?pg=team&fr_id=23013&team_id=357499

All donations go towards the work of the research teams that the Canadian Cancer Society supports in Manitoba, including right here in Winnipeg.

Email MAHCPdragonboat@gmail.com for more information or to sign up for the team.

Paddles up MAHCP Conquer-Oars!

MAHCP invited to Save Misericordia Urgent Care Centre event on May 4

 

A week from today, there will be a rally in favour of saving the Urgent Care Centre at Misericordia Hospital.

On April 7, 2017, the WRHA announced changes to our hospital system in Winnipeg. What we know 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.

This is a big transformation to the way the WRHA delivered health care in Winnipeg and there are still many questions on the implications of these changes that we’re seeking answers to.

In the meantime, local community groups have been rallying to save the ER departments at Concordia and Seven Oaks hospitals, and next week, there will be one at Misericordia.

The ‘Help Save Misericordia Urgent Care Centre’ event takes place on Thursday, May 4, from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm at the Public Green Space at the corner of Cornish Avenue and Furby Street (see attached poster).

The organizers of this rally are three MLAs from the surrounding community: Wab Kinew and Rob Altemeyer of the NDP, and Dr. Jon Gerard of the Liberal Party, making this a truly non-partisan, joint community effort.

MAHCP President Bob Moroz will be there and will deliver remarks. If you are not scheduled to work or have time over a lunch break, we encourage you to attend!

 

 

 

National Day of Mourning – April 28

 

The National Day of Mourning is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents. Please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety website for more information.

Lace up for Diabetes – June 4, 2017

The 2017 edition of Lace Up for Diabetes takes place on June 4 and MAHCP is once again putting out the call for members to participate!

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 are 15 sponsored spots available on Team MAHCP for members and will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis.

In addition to food, beverages, medals and prizes for the top fundraisers, members will also get MAHCP T-shirts to wear on the day of the event.

We also need a few more members to volunteer at the food and refreshment tent. It’s a great opportunity to provide encouraging words and smiles for all of the participants.

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.

If you would like to volunteer in the tent, please contact Team Captain Erin Flynn at eflynn33@yahoo.com .

National Medical Laboratory Week – April 16-22, 2017

 

There are over 1.2 million lab tests performed on a daily basis in Canada. That would work out to approximately one test done every day for every person living in the province of Manitoba. Laboratory tests are valuable tools regularly used by physicians to diagnose, monitor and treat patients. Each test provides vital information that guides medical decisions.  For more information please visit the Medical Laboratory Professionals website or the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science website.

 

MAHCP President’s message on further meetings with WRHA officials

 

Yesterday, an urgent meeting of our MAHCP’s Executive Council was held to deal with the multiple changes coming to Health Care in Manitoba.

Directors were given the opportunity to share the concerns and questions that each of them are hearing from the members in their facilities and areas. Our Labour Relations staff have also been fielding many questions from members.

We are setting up further meetings with the WRHA where we will be relaying to them all of the questions and concerns being brought forward by our membership. These are some of the questions that we will be seeking to answer:

  • How does closing emergency departments improve access for Manitobans to care?
  • What will happen to the people in my community with no Emergency department?
  • If I work in one of the closing facilities, what happens to my position? Will there be inter-facility bumping? If so, how will that work? Will there be layoffs?
  • If I work in a department in one of the remaining facilities and other members transfer in, how does that affect my position?
  • Why does there appear to be a lack of planning to expand the capacity in each of the 3 remaining facilities to match the increased demand?
  • What about Manitobans from Rural and Northern Manitoba who rely on emergency services that are only available in Winnipeg? Is capacity in those areas being expanded?

These are only some of the questions that I am sure members have. As we gather more information from the Employer, we will certainly be sharing that with members as soon as possible.

The final point I would like to address is what some members have been told by their individual management and/or human resources teams regarding this “plan” to close ERs.

No-one from MAHCP was involved in any way whatsoever in the decision to close emergency rooms. This decision was based on one specific recommendation from the recently released Peachey report. The government and the WRHA have ignored the related recommendation that this can only be beneficial if capacity in the remaining facilities is expanded to meet the needs of Manitobans.

MAHCP’s input was that while the system does need improvement, closing facilities without a larger plan is outrageous. MAHCP’s further input was to ensure that the Peachey research team contemplated the contribution of all Allied Health employees in any of their recommendations, given that for years, health workforce planning ended after the conversation about Doctors and Nurses.

We all know that health care depends on our members in every single Allied Health profession. We cannot and will not watch our members continue to have their already onerous workloads increased by a short-sighted, budget-based, decision to close facilities. We already do more with less.

Lastly, I’d like to take this opportunity to wish you, our members, and your loved ones a safe and happy Easter, and my deepest thanks to those members working through this weekend.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz
MAHCP President

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

MAHCP President’s message on proposed government legislation: Bill 28 and 29

 

Dear MAHCP member,

Here is an update on the new legislation introduced yesterday should the bills be passed into law by the government. It is important for you to know that existing collective agreements are not affected by the Public Services Sustainability Act.

For our members who are part of central table agreements (which expire March 31, 2018), the general increase due on April 1, 2017, will be honoured. The same is true for the Standardization Fund and the Recruitment and Retention Fund. Some members have asked about items like pre-retirement leave, etc. All aspects of our collective agreements remain in full force and effect and cannot be altered except at the bargaining table.

The same is true for our members who are covered by what are known as non-central agreements. Aboriginal Health & Wellness Centre, Jocelyn House, Dynacare each have agreements that expire in 2018. Manitoba Clinic and Society for Manitobans with Disabilities have agreements in place until 2019. All terms and conditions, including general increases and yearly step increments will be honoured. Brandon Clinic and Winnipeg Clinic have agreements that are in the process of being renegotiated and those members will be made aware of any impact as we learn more at the bargaining table.

MAHCP remains opposed to any legislation that takes away our members rights to free and fair collective bargaining by dictating in advance the terms of any agreement.

What we know about Bill 28 and 29

The Pallister government tabled seven new pieces of legislation yesterday including Bill 28: The Public Services Sustainability Act and Bill 29: The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act.

According to a government press release, Bill 28 would:

  • establish a rolling four-year sustainability period, beginning at the expiration of existing collective agreements, which establishes a framework for future increases to public sector compensation levels and fee payments for physicians that would set out limits on increases as follows:
    • in the first two years of the sustainability period, unionized and non-unionized public sector employees receive no pay increase;
    • in the third year, a maximum increase of 0.75 percent; and
    • in the fourth year, a maximum increase of 1.0 percent.
  • encourage employers and unions to jointly find ongoing cost savings which can be returned to Manitoba citizens

As for Bill 29, this same government press release states that this proposed legislation would include:

  • appointing a commissioner to oversee bargaining unit restructuring;
  • designating employers organizations to enable the streamlining of bargaining units within each region and in particular, within the Winnipeg health region, which currently has 113 bargaining units;
  • reducing the number of bargaining units from 182 to less than 50 and set out relevant factors to be considered – beginning with operational efficiency and the promotion of health-care delivery – to ensure employees are grouped within the appropriate bargaining unit;
  • enabling employees to choose which bargaining agent will represent them by requiring fair and democratic representation votes to be held where there is more than one union eligible;
  • defining the appropriate bargaining units for each region and each provincewide health employer; nurses, physicians, medical residents, physician assistants and clinical assistants, professional/technical/paramedical employees, facility support employees and community support employees; and
  • setting out a process for concluding a revised collective agreement

The Pallister government tabled these two bills on March 20 with the goal of having them proclaimed into law by the end of the current session, likely to end by June. If you have feedback on these two bills, we encourage you to contact your MLA and let him/her know your thoughts. You can search for your MLA here: http://www.electionsmanitoba.ca/en/Voting/MLA

Our goal

We certainly have more questions on these bills that we will put to government to get the answers and keep our membership informed.

It is our goal – your MAHCP president, staff and executive – amidst this ever-changing political landscape in Manitoba, to ensure that our members can continue to deliver quality health care to all Manitobans by protecting your rights, your collective agreements, and the services you provide.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

Joint statement from labour leaders on Bill 28: The Public Services Sustainability Act

 

MAHCP members, below is a link to the statement from labour leaders on the introduction of Bill 28. This bill was tabled by the Tory government today at the Manitoba Legislature; in attendance was President Bob Moroz and fellow labour leaders.

President Moroz would like all of you, each and every one of our members, to know that our goal is to make sure your rights are protected and the services we provide are protected.

Bill 28:  Public Services Sustainability Act

MAHCP President’s statement on Provincial Legislation affecting labour

 

Dear MAHCP member,

Brian Pallister has his mind made up. Instead of coming to the bargaining table and negotiating, he’s going to use his majority in the legislature to get his way.

In the election, Brian Pallister promised to protect public services and the workers who deliver them. But as Premier, he has mused openly about legislating wage settlements, making changes to pensions and forcing workers to take unpaid time off.

And without any explanation, Premier Pallister has said that he will reduce the number of Collective Agreements in the health care sector.

On Thursday, March 16, 2017, the Pallister government tabled two acts: the Public Services Sustainability Act and the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act. More details on these two pieces of legislation are expected on Monday, March 20, 2017.

Health care unions, including MAHCP, and the Manitoba Federation of Labour have been meeting with government representatives as a part of a Health Care Working Group.

Throughout these meetings, our focus has been on ensuring the best possible care for Manitobans and respect for the demanding work of health care professionals like you.

As a united group of health care sector unions, we have taken the position that the decisions that members have already made about their union membership should be respected – government should not force new representation votes.

Your union remains committed to working with the government to find better ways to deliver health care services for families, but representation votes will only disrupt an already strained system.

We will keep pressing the government to finally come to the table and answer the many questions that workers and your union have. And we’ll keep fighting for you, so you can focus on what you do to make the lives of Manitobans better.

 

In solidarity,

 

Bob Moroz

Policies now online

 

Here are a few of the most recent policies passed in January 2017 and mentioned in the March 2017 newsletter.  They can be found under the “About MAHCP” “Executive Council” tab.

 

 

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