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Unifor seeking member experiences of Repetitive Strain Injuries

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Unifor is inviting members to participate in a survey about Repetitive Strain Injuries (RSIs) they have experienced.

“International RSI Awareness Day is just around the corner, so it’s a perfect time for members to take our survey and share their experiences with these injuries,” said Sari Sairanen, Unifor Director of Health and Safety. “RSIs are not a thing of the past as some employer-funded studies want us to believe. The survey input will help us better advocate to prevent these injuries and stop the continuing attacks on recognizing and compensating workers with RSIs.”

RSI is a generic term used to group a broad number of overuse injuries that affect the muscles, tendons, and nerves of the neck, upper and lower back, shoulders, arms, and hands. These overuse injuries can progress to become crippling disorders that reduce workers’ quality of life.

These injuries affect millions of Canadians each year, taking a tremendous toll on workers and the workforce, with RSIs accounting for between 40 to 50 per cent of all work related illnesses nationwide.

“Members are encouraged to provide feedback through this anonymous survey,”said Vinay Sharma, Unifor National Health and Safety representative. “Our union is always looking to update our health and safety policies and practices to adapt to changing workplace conditions and reflect the lived experiences of workers in every sector of the Canadian economy.”

If you have experienced repetitive strain injuries, please take a moment to share your experience here.

MAHCP’s Open House tour stops near St. Boniface Hospital

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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals announces its second stop in the MAHCP Open House Tour, this time in Winnipeg at the Norwood Hotel near St. Boniface Hospital.

This second Open House is open to our MAHCP members and – as will be the case for all meetings scheduled for this tour – is open to all Provincial health care employees in Professional/Technical/Paramedical who would like to learn more about MAHCP.

MAHCP’s second Open House stop takes place 2:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 20, at the Norwood Hotel, 112 Marion St., very close to St. Boniface Hospital.

In attendance will be MAHCP President Bob Moroz and MAHCP staff to answer your questions.

There are plans to visit more communities all over Manitoba in the coming weeks. More dates will be announced on our www.mahcp.ca website.

Light refreshments will be available, as well as MAHCP materials and gear.

Please e-mail info@mahcp.ca if you have any questions about the tour, and visit www.onestrongvoice.ca for more information on Bill 29.

Thanks!

Unifor funds international Indigenous energy collaboration

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VICTORIA Unifor’s Social Justice Fund donated $10,000 to the T’Sou-ke Nation as part of an international project with Chilean First Nations to explore locally-run renewable energy projects.

“Unifor members are proud to contribute to an important dialogue about energy independence in the Araucanía region of Chile,” said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President.

(L-R) BC Regional Council member Leanne Marsh and Unifor Indigenous Rep Gina Smoke present cheque to Chief Gordon Planes, Director of Projects Andrew Moore and Elder Shirley Alphonse of the T’Sou-ke Nation.

The cheque was presented by Unifor Indigenous Liaison Gina Smoke and B.C. Regional Council member Leanne Marsh. They met other First Nation leaders who were opening the B.C. legislature with a ceremony, and met Premier John Horgan, Minister Scott Fraser and Minister Katrine Conroy.

Leanne and Gina meet with John Horgan, Premier of British Columbia.

Leanne and Gina also met Minister Scott Fraser.

“The T’Sou-ke Nation has much expertise to share about sustainable energy and economic independence,” said Gina Smoke, Unifor Indigenous Liaison. “We are thrilled to have the Unifor Social Justice Fund support this initiative.”

T'Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordon Planes will visit the Ayja Rewe Budi Mapuche territory in southern Chile to participate in a nation-to-nation project with the goal of alleviating high residential energy costs while addressing skills training and local employment.

“Indigenous communities globally are likely to be the most affected by climate change because of their traditionally close connection to the land and sea. This much-appreciated financial support from Unifor will help us to share knowledge with the Mapuche people in Chile and build resilience through energy independence, training, jobs and important social justice programs like these,” said Chief Gordon Planes of the T’Sou-ke Nation.

Unifor is dedicated to improving the lives of workers and their families in Canada and around the world. One way we express that commitment is through our Social Justice Fund.

Learn more about the Fund here.

Leanne and Gina receive a gift from Chief Planes in thanks for the SJF’s project support.

 

President’s Update on Shared Health

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Dear Fellow MAHCP Members,

More change is coming for those members who will be transitioning to Shared Health.  MAHCP has been advised by the employer that the following groups will be affected by this transition:

– All Health Sciences Centre (HSC) employees

– All WRHA Diagnostic Imaging employees including Cardiology and Echocardiology

– EMS province-wide (except city Paramedics in Winnipeg, Brandon and Thompson)

– Corporate/Regional Services including Patient Transport Program, Tissue Bank and Breast Health employees (NOTE: BreastCheck will remain with CancerCare Manitoba and will not be affected)

Beginning this week, affected members will receive a letter from their new employer, welcoming you to Shared Health with rollout beginning April 5, 2019.  MAHCP has worked to ensure that as you move to Shared Health, you will remain under the same collective agreement and your wages and all entitlements including seniority, retirement benefits and vacation will stay with you.  The main difference you will see is that your pay cheque will come from Shared Health.  We also successfully pressed the employer to make sure that if you have the opportunity to apply for an open position and remain with your current employer, you will have the right to do so.

MAHCP has been advised that these “welcome” letters will be distributed to affected employees at in-person meetings beginning this week.  We expect these meetings to be organized on short notice and I will attend as many as I can personally along with our Labour Relations Officers.

MAHCP recognizes that this transition to a new employer can create confusion.  We know your focus is on your patients, and I want to emphasize once again that we are there for you every step of the way to support you and to fight for you throughout this process.  As always, please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns at info@mahcp.ca or directly to me at bobm@mahcp.ca.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

 

Black History Month: Unifor members speak on activism Week 2

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Keston John is a member of the Local 222. He is born in Trinidad and Tobago, and now a Canadian Citizen. He is a proud father, who believes unity is strength and strength is power and with power comes responsibility.

Keston believes if united we can change the future for the next generation by creating more opportunities for growth while educating members of their rights in the workplace. 

For the past seven years, Keston has been working at CEVA Logistics in Oshawa, Ontario where he is a union representative working towards solidarity amongst our Brothers and Sisters. Educated in Human Rights and Collective Bargaining he looks forward to negotiating a better collective bargaining agreement for all.

Keston’s goal is to see every workplace free of harassment and discrimination and to have equal opportunities for all, no matter colour, creed or race. As a member of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee, he takes on the responsibility of trustee.

Tricia Brown is an activist supporting equity and social justice issues in her day to day work. Currently working as the Peel organizer for the Local Union Task Force, Tricia is also the chair of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee and co-chair for the GTA caucus for several years. She is a trained Discussion Leader for Unifor delivering courses in Human Rights and leadership courses for Aboriginal and Workers of Colour.

In her local community, Tricia has sat on the Peel Regional labour council as the financial secretary and serves as the 2nd VP of the Brampton East Soccer club. As 2nd Vice President Tricia oversees the youth house league program and helping support the development of soccer players and coaches.

Astraea Sam is a committed activist who brings what appears as limitless energy to each of her union roles. Having moved back to Regina Saskatchewan to pursue her passion in the aviation sector work for Jazz in 2009, Sam found herself becoming an active member of local 2002. 

Astraea is an activist with a passion who is always trying to learn more and do more within the Union. After her 3rd child she decided to become a workplace rep, starting as the base Vice Chair Representative. Not long after she became a Bargaining Representative to help combat the inequities and injustices she saw at work.

Astraea is on the Local 2002, Saskatchewan and National Political Action committees. Astraea is also on the AWOC Committee, in her first term on the Local Election Committee, on her second term as Jazz Western Bargaining Committee Representative and most recently appointed to the Prairie Council Executive Board as a member at large.

Highlighting the work of Unifor Black labour activists.

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Keston John is a member of the Local 222. He is born in Trinidad and Tobago, and now a Canadian Citizen. He is a proud father, who believes unity is strength and strength is power and with power comes responsibility.

Keston believes if united we can change the future for the next generation by creating more opportunities for growth while educating members of their rights in the workplace. 

For the past seven years, Keston has been working at CEVA Logistics in Oshawa, Ontario where he is a union representative working towards solidarity amongst our Brothers and Sisters. Educated in Human Rights and Collective Bargaining he looks forward to negotiating a better collective bargaining agreement for all.

Keston’s goal is to see every workplace free of harassment and discrimination and to have equal opportunities for all, no matter colour, creed or race. As a member of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee, he takes on the responsibility of trustee.

Tricia Brown is an activist supporting equity and social justice issues in her day to day work. Currently working as the Peel organizer for the Local Union Task Force, Tricia is also the chair of the Aboriginal and Workers of Colour committee and co-chair for the GTA caucus for several years. She is a trained Discussion Leader for Unifor delivering courses in Human Rights and leadership courses for Aboriginal and Workers of Colour.

In her local community, Tricia has sat on the Peel Regional labour council as the financial secretary and serves as the 2nd VP of the Brampton East Soccer club. As 2nd Vice President Tricia oversees the youth house league program and helping support the development of soccer players and coaches.

Astraea Sam is a committed activist who brings what appears as limitless energy to each of her union roles. Having moved back to Regina Saskatchewan to pursue her passion in the aviation sector work for Jazz in 2009, Sam found herself becoming an active member of local 2002. 

Astraea is an activist with a passion who is always trying to learn more and do more within the Union. After her 3rd child she decided to become a workplace rep, starting as the base Vice Chair Representative. Not long after she became a Bargaining Representative to help combat the inequities and injustices she saw at work.

Astraea is on the Local 2002, Saskatchewan and National Political Action committees. Astraea is also on the AWOC Committee, in her first term on the Local Election Committee, on her second term as Jazz Western Bargaining Committee Representative and most recently appointed to the Prairie Council Executive Board as a member at large.

Congrats to our MAHCP Video Contest participants

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We’re full of gratitude to you, our MAHCP members!

There are 14 participants in the inaugural MAHCP Video Contest, and we’re so pleased with the effort of our membership. For that we say a tremendous THANK YOU.

The wonderfully creative entries that we have received include members in the fields of occupational therapy, speech language pathology, radiology technologist, medical laboratory, dietitian, sonography, nuclear medicine and child life specialists, and more, for a huge array of professions.

The prizes for this contest are spectacular! First prize is $1,500, Second prize is $1,000 and Third prize is $500.

We have posted the videos to our Facebook page, where they will then be judged on the number of “likes” received during the rest of the month of February.

You can share the posts with family and friends, however, please make sure that they “like” the original post on the MAHCP Facebook page.

Please note that “likes” on Facebook shares or the original YouTube pages will not count towards the overall number, only the “likes” on the video posts on the MAHCP Facebook page will be counted.

MAHCP will announce the winner on March 1, 2019.

As a quick recap, the MAHCP Video Contest was officially announced during the MAHCP AGM in October. For members, this was your chance to share with the public the important work that you do each and every day, and that’s exactly what you did.

Good luck to all those who entered, and may the voting begin!

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