Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

Occupational Therapy Month

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month.

Occupational therapists, often called OTs, are the primary providers of occupational therapy services. 

OTs are:

  • university educated professionals that apply their specialized knowledge and skills to recommend a course of preventive or corrective action that will help people lead more productive and satisfying lives,
  • trained to understand not only the medical and physical limitations of a disability or injury, but also the psychosocial factors that affect the functioning of the whole person – their health and their wellness, and
  • a regulated medical profession; occupational therapists must be registered with their provincial regulator in order to practice legally in Canada.

Congratulations to all OT’s!!

Please visit the CAOT website for more information.

Portfolios assigned to new LROs

 

After a successful summer of job-shadowing and training, our new Labour Relations Officers Angie Boehm and Chelsea Kaufmann are ready to take on their new portfolios.

As I reported in the September Newsletter, Angie and Chelsea joined MAHCP in June. Both are graduates of a recognized Human Resources Management Program.

Over the summer, Angie took on Deer Lodge Centre and Pharmacy. Effective on Oct. 2, 2017, she will also be taking on the HSC Pharmacy Program.

Chelsea’s portfolio will consist of Community Therapy Services; Diagnostic Services Manitoba – Northern and Southern Regions; and WRHA Corporate Program – Access Downtown, Critical Care Transport Team, Clinical Engineering, Home Care, Nutrition/FS/Family Med, Occupational Environmental Safety & Health, Tissue Bank, Breast Health Centre. This portfolio is also in effect on Oct. 2.

We wish them the best with their portfolios. Furthermore, I’d like to thank our current LROs for the wonderful job they did mentoring Angie and Chelsea.

The full list of portfolios can be found here.

Lee Manning, Executive Director

MAHCP Rally for Patient Services to be held on Oct. 12

 

As part of the MAHCP Member Advocates Conference day on Oct. 12, 2017, a rally will take place at the Manitoba Legislature in support of keeping – not cutting – patient services in Manitoba.

The rally will take place from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. on the front steps of the Manitoba Legislature in Winnipeg.

MAHCP Member Advocates at the conference will be provided transportation to and from the rally.

We invite fellow union members and citizens of this great province who are concerned about health care to please join us!

 

For more information, please email info@mahcp.ca

2017 MAHCP rally October 12

MAHCP September Newsletter

 

MAHCP’s September 2017 Newsletter is now online and the Annual General Meeting booklet will be arriving in your mailboxes in early September.

Don’t forget to pre-register for the AGM by October 10th in order to be entered into the draw for a round trip for two courtesy of CALM Air!

 

Important Update on VP election

 

Dear MAHCP members,

The Nominations Committee has been informed that Janet Fairbairn, candidate for MAHCP Vice President, has chosen to withdraw her name from the election and the Vice President debate.

This means that candidate Tanya Burnside will be acclaimed at the MAHCP Annual General Meeting on Oct. 12.

We thank Janet Fairbairn for her putting her name forward and wish her all the best.

Because of this, the election and debate are cancelled.

 

In Solidarity,

Michael Kleiman

Chair-Nominations Committee

 

Pre-register for AGM by Oct. 10 to be eligible for Calm Air prize

 

For this year’s Annual General Meeting, the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is offering up a top-notch prize for those who pre-register.

This prize is one Round-Trip Pass for two people to travel wherever Calm Air International flies!

If you plan on attending the 2017 MAHCP AGM and would like to be entered in the Calm Air prize draw, make sure you pre-register by 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 10.

For members planning to attend in Winnipeg, please note the following change in location: this year’s AGM takes place on Thursday, Oct. 12, at the Victoria Inn Winnipeg, 1808 Wellington Avenue.

As with previous AGMs, there will also be satellite meeting sites in Thompson, Flin Flon, The Pas and Snow Lake.

Registration starts at 5 p.m., the meeting at 6 p.m. and refreshments at 8 p.m.

To pre-register for the MAHCP AGM, please fill out this form and fax or email it to the MAHCP office.

Pre-registration is necessary to ensure an accurate count for catering and room bookings.

 

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