Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

New members’ package in the mail this week!

The new bargaining unit certificates for Shared Health and WRHA bargaining units come into effect this Friday, Dec. 13, 2019.

MAHCP’s newest members – those transitioning from other unions this Friday – will be receiving an information package at their home mailing address by the end of this week. We encourage you to read through it to find out what you need to know.

The welcome package contains the following information: (links to the documents included)

  • Welcome letter from MAHCP President Bob Moroz – here
  • Info on MAHCP Labour Relations Officers
  • “MAHCP welcomes you” (FAQ) – here
  • Bargaining Proposal Form – here
  • December newsletter – here
  • Union card and postage-paid return envelope

Please feel free to send an email to info@mahcp.ca or call 204-772-0425/1-800-315-3331 if you have any additional questions that aren’t answered in the welcome package.

MAHCP looks forward to representing and working with our newest members!

In solidarity,

Your MAHCP Team

 

MAHCP reacts to Manitoba’s Clinical and Preventative Services Plan

MAHCP President Bob Moroz responds to the Pallister Government’s Clinical and Preventative Services Plan, which was made public on Friday, Nov. 29, 2019:

“What this Plan lacks, like many others before it, are the details, especially for us in Allied Health Care. It doesn’t talk about which communities will be affected, which professions and all those things – important details for those who work in health care and those who rely on it.

“We don’t want to see a repeat of what has happened in Winnipeg in the last couple of years, and our members and patients continue to deal with the fallout of those haphazard, poorly planned changes. Earlier this week, we saw WRHA reported wait times going in the wrong direction compared to the same time last year. That’s the tip of the iceberg that we’ve heard from our members: chronic understaffing, more mandatory overtime, and lack of training.

“Also of grave concern to us in Allied Health is the claim that they consulted with the front line in developing this plan, but I’ve looked at their list on the website and it’s overwhelmingly doctors and managers. They need to listen to Allied Health Professionals that are actually delivering front-line care and services, not just for this plan but for everything they do. Allied Health is absolutely critical to health care delivery, but somehow we’re always an afterthought. MAHCP is ready and willing to work with health officials to ensure that Allied Health staffing and service levels are acceptable and appropriate across the province.”

 

Dustin Czmola joins MAHCP LRO team

MAHCP welcomes our newest Labour Relations Officer Dustin Czmola.

Dustin was born into a union family and began his official involvement in the labour movement in 2004, when he was voted in as Vice President of his union’s local.

From there, he climbed the ranks and accepted his first paid union position in 2010 with the Teamsters.

Dustin also spent six years representing unionized workers from 17 autonomous trade unions in northern Manitoba on the various Hydro projects.

Most recently, he was the campaign coordinator for one of the unions involved in the Representation Votes, which took place in the summer of 2019.

Dustin is an avid movie and concert enthusiast, and enjoys attending them with those he considers family.

Manitoba Throne Speech leaves health care questions unanswered

Winnipeg —The Government of Manitoba, led by Premier Brian Pallister, delivered today’s Speech from the Throne outlining the Pallister government’s priorities for the next year.

When it comes to health care, this underwhelming Throne Speech raises more questions than it answers and makes no mention of the Allied Health Professionals that make health care delivery possible.

The Speech made reference to a “$2-billion Health Care Guarantee,” but the reality is that recent health care spending in Manitoba has not kept up with the rate of inflation.

“We are concerned that further cuts are coming, particularly in rural health care, while we’re still dealing with the fallout from recent cuts and closures in Winnipeg,” said MAHCP President Bob Moroz.

In recent weeks, the Pallister government has announced welcome investments in mental health and addictions, and the Speech promised more. However, much more significant investment is needed in this critical area to meet the pressing needs in our province.

The Speech announced 200 more nursing positions over four years. “We’re waiting to hear how many new professional-technical positions this government will create – more nurses and doctors can’t do their jobs without more Allied Health Professionals,” said Moroz. “MAHCP’s Allied Health members are already stretched and need reassurance from this government that they will have the resources to provide the care patients expect and deserve.”

To ensure stability for those working in health care, MAHCP is also encouraging the Provincial Government to return to the collective bargaining table as soon as possible.

“MAHCP is deeply concerned about the path the Provincial Government is taking when it comes to our health care,” said Moroz. “Manitoba is already facing recruitment challenges and our members are feeling the crunch with more mandatory overtime. They are being asked to do more with less, and many are dealing with lack of training and resources, chronic understaffing and high turnover.”

 

Important Updates from MAHCP

The Bill 29 Commissioner will be issuing interim bargaining unit certificates to successful unions in the recent representation votes, effective as of December 13, 2019 for the new WRHA and Shared Health bargaining units.  A new interim bargaining unit certificate will also be issued for the NRHA effective December 8, 2019, but there will be no change for MAHCP members in the NRHA Professional/Technical/Paramedical sector.

The new certificates will mean significant growth for MAHCP – our membership will be growing by 66%, and we will represent 85% of Allied Health Professionals in Manitoba.

It will also bring significant change for our union.  For example, we will be taking on new Laboratory, Diagnostic Imaging and Rural Paramedic members in all Manitoba regions (we currently represent these classifications only within the boundaries of the NRHA and some within the Southern Health region).  We will also be gaining members at WRHA-affiliated community sites, such as Access Centres and Community Health Centres like Klinic, as well as all Professional-Technical employees at Grace Hospital and Riverview Health Centre.

We are excited by the opportunities and challenges this growth represents, and we look forward to working with all current and new members to achieve our shared goals.

In addition, Monday, November 18, 2019 marks the next step in our fight against Bill 28, Pallister’s unconstitutional wage-freeze legislation that fundamentally undermines our Charter-protected right to free and fair collective bargaining.  MAHCP is joining with other public-sector unions to fight Bill 28 in court, and that challenge will be heard at Manitoba’s Court of Queen’s Bench beginning Monday.  This court challenge affects us all, and we will keep you updated on the outcome.  Regardless of the court’s decision, we expect the losing side to appeal and the case is likely to go to the Supreme Court of Canada for a final decision at some point in the future.

Please stay tuned for further updates in the coming weeks and months, including important information regarding collective bargaining for our central-table members and President’s tours.  And please feel free to contact us at info@mahcp.ca or your Labour Relations Officer with any questions.

In solidarity,
Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

MAHCP updates portfolios for LROs

As the Association works through the changes that will be occurring with the new members coming to us as a result of the recent representation votes, it has become necessary to temporarily assign different LROs to some portfolios.

The changes are as follows:

Gill Gagné, our newest MAHCP Labour Relations Officer (LRO), assumed Jocelyn House on Nov. 4, 2019.

LRO Cory Szczepanski will assume Victoria General Hospital on Nov. 12, 2019.

MAHCP continues with its recruitment efforts and once we have recruited the complement necessary to provide the best service to our members, permanent portfolios will be announced

For a full list of current portfolios, please visit https://mahcp.ca/about/staff-2/

Medical Radiation Technologists Week – November 3 to 9, 2019

 

Medical radiation technologists (MRTs) work within four disciplines: radiological technology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or magnetic resonance imaging.   They are the very image of care; the essential link between compassionate care and the most sophisticated imaging and therapeutic technologies, contributing their expertise to the diagnosis and treatment of millions of Canadians each year.

Thank you MRTs!

For more information please visit the Manitoba Association of Medical Radiation Technologists and Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists websites.

 

MAHCP welcomes new LRO Gill Gagné

MAHCP is very proud to announce the addition of Gill Gagné to our Labour Relations team.

Gill, who most recently worked in Labour Relations at Diagnostic Services Manitoba (Shared Health), has plenty of union experience.

For 18 years, Gill worked as a Greygoose bus lines driver (no “Perimeter-itus” for him) and was very involved with their union as the Executive Chairperson with the CBRT&GW, which later merged with the CAW.

During his time as Executive Chairperson, Gill participated in collective bargaining, arbitrations, National Council/Convention meetings, and was a steward (equivalent to an MAHCP Member Advocate). As Executive Chairperson, he took many labour courses with the union and courses at Athabasca University.

Gill moved into a management position while at Greygoose and took courses to get his Management Studies and Human Resources Management diplomas. Greygoose then merged with Greyhound Canada and later Greyhound USA.

After leaving Greyhound, Gill worked as a Labour Relations Officer for the provincial government and private firms. He also received his Chartered Professional in Human Resources (CPHR) designation.

Gill loves travelling to tropical locations for vacation (mostly Cuba) and enjoys riding his motorcycle in the summer months.

Shelley Kowalchuk elected Physiotherapy Director

As announced during MAHCP’s AGM earlier this month, Shelley Kowalchuk won the election for the office of Physiotherapy Director.

The announcement was made in accordance to Article 7 of the MAHCP Constitution.

A vote was held in September for the two candidates for the position of Physiotherapy Director: Shelley Kowalchuk and Lyle Sasek.

We thank both members for putting their names forward and congratulations to Shelley Kowalchuk!

Representation votes are complete, now what? MAHCP provides answers

In the wake of last week’s representation votes, MAHCP is receiving many questions from both current and new, incoming members.  Thank you for your interest and engagement!

To help you better understand what’s next, we have created the following FAQ.  More questions and answers will be added as we know more, so please check back often.  If you don’t see an answer to your question, please email us at info@mahcp.ca and we’ll respond as soon as we can.

In addition, MAHCP President Bob Moroz will provide ongoing updates once we have received the official list of new MAHCP members and contact information from the Commissioner/Employer.

For those who will be joining MAHCP as a result of the votes, welcome!  Our goal is to make the transition to your new union as smooth as possible.  We will continue to work in solidarity with our fellow unions toward this goal.

 

Now that representation votes are done, does MAHCP represent me immediately?

No, not until the Commissioner issues new bargaining unit certificates, which we are expecting sometime toward the middle to end of September 2019.

 

What happens in the meantime?

In the meantime, you continue to be represented by the same union that you had before the vote. You will continue to pay dues to that union and be represented by them until new certificates are issued.

Once the new certificates are issued to the successful unions for each sector and employer group, then you will begin paying dues and being represented by that new union.  If you are included in the Professional/Technical/Paramedical Sector in the new Shared Health or WRHA bargaining units, you will be an MAHCP member effective immediately once the new certificates are issued.

 

What about my collective bargaining agreement?

You will continue to be covered by your current collective bargaining agreement even after MAHCP becomes your union.  You will keep your current agreement, and MAHCP will protect your rights and benefits under that agreement, until a new one is negotiated and ratified by the membership.

 

When will negotiations for a new collective bargaining agreement begin?

This remains unknown, but once the new bargaining unit certificates are issued, MAHCP will be lobbying the Provincial Government to get back to the negotiating table for our sector as soon as possible.

 

What about bargaining proposals?

MAHCP was well into our bargaining process for a new agreement when the Manitoba Government passed Bill 29, The Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act.  Bargaining has been on hold for over two years because of Bill 29 and much has changed in that time.

Once the new certificates have been issued in the coming weeks, MAHCP will be tapping all our members, both current and new, for your input on new bargaining proposals.  MAHCP will also review bargaining proposals that were submitted two years ago to see which ones still apply and can be carried forward.

 

What are “receiving agreements”?

“Receiving agreement” is a term used in Bill 29 and refers to the collective agreement that will form the basis of negotiations with the Provincial Government once we get back to the table.  The receiving agreement, determined by the Bill 29 Commissioner, will be the agreement of the successful union that covers the largest number of members within the new bargaining unit.

The Commissioner has determined receiving agreements for the Professional/Technical/Paramedical (PTP) Sectors that MAHCP will represent as follows:

 

I will be new to MAHCP, how do I find out more about my new union?

Please visit www.mahcp.ca to learn more about MAHCP, our structure, our service model, our Constitution and our collective agreements.  Feel free to email info@mahcp.ca with additional questions, or contact us by phone at 204-772-0425 or toll free at 1-800-315-3331.

In addition, MAHCP President Bob Moroz and staff will be hitting the road as soon as possible once certificates are issued to meet our new members and to introduce MAHCP.  We look forward to meeting you soon.

Please continue to contact your current union for any labour relations matters until such time as new bargaining unit certificates are issued by the Commissioner.

Spiritual Care Awareness Week – October 20 to 26, 2019

 

The Certified Spiritual Care Practitioner seeks to improve the quality of life for individuals and groups experiencing spiritual, moral and existential distress related to changes in health, maturation, ability, and life circumstances.  This year’s theme is Diversity in Spiritual Care.

Congratulations to all Spiritual Care practitioners.

Please visit the Canadian Association for Spiritual Care website for more information.

 

Join us in celebrating RT week! October 20-26th, 2019

 

Registered Respiratory Therapists (RRTs) are regulated, health care professionals who bring expertise and specialized skills and knowledge to the health care team. RRTs provide interventions such as ventilation including life support. RRTs also perform patient assessments, diagnostic testing, and perform treatments for a multitude of cardiorespiratory (heart and lung) conditions for all age groups- from newborns to the elderly. They provide education to patients and families in disease management and disease prevention.

 

RRTs work in many areas of the health care sector including:

– Hospitals: areas include Adult, Pediatric & Neonatal Intensive Care Units, Emergency Departments, Operating rooms, General Wards, Labour & Delivery
– Air & Ground Transportation
– RTs also work in: outpatient clinics, specialized medical centers such as sleep disorder clinics, patients’ homes, pulmonary function testing laboratories, long term care facilities, research facilities, medical equipment sales & product service, education programs, pulmonary rehabilitation programs.

 

RRTs perform a number of vital roles throughout the health care system which include the following but not limited too:

– Operation of Life Support equipment
– Ventilation & Airway management
– Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
– Oxygen & Aerosol Delivery
– Educate & manage patients with chronic heart and lung diseases such as Asthma, COPD & Congestive Heart Failure
– Perform Pulmonary Function Testing & Sleep Apnea Testing
– Provide Pulmonary Rehabilitation
– Provide Heart & Lung disease prevention such as smoking cessation

For more information, please visit the Manitoba Association of Registered Respiratory Therapists and Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists websites.

Benefit concert for Jocelyn House Hospice on Oct. 24, 2019

The Band Together concert in support of Jocelyn House Hospice is taking place on Thursday, Oct. 24, 2019, and features a wide range of local musicians!

This year marks the seventh edition of this popular concert at the West End Cultural Centre and features new additions Dan Deeds and Encore. Rounding out the list of performers are CASATI, Double the Trouble, Curtis Newton, Those Guys and Pushing Daisies!

All proceeds from the Band Together concert support quality end of life care for our residents of Jocelyn House Hospice.

Tickets are just $50 and include complimentary appetizers from WOW! Hospitality Concepts! Tickets can be purchased online at https://www.jocelynhouse.ca/tickets_band_together.php or by calling (204) 253-5898.

Jocelyn House Hospice has as its mission adding life to the final days of the terminally ill in a home-like setting. Our MAHCP members at Jocelyn House work hard each day to meet the needs of those in their care and this is a wonderful way to support their work.

Sonography Week October 7 to 13, 2019

Sonography Week is October 7 to 13, 2019 which celebrates the important role sonographers play in delivering quality health care to Canadians.

A sonographer is a health care professional who specializes in the use of ultrasonic imaging devices to produce diagnostic images, scans, videos, or 3D volumes of anatomy and diagnostic data, frequently a radiographer but may be any health care professional with the appropriate training. The requirements for clinical practice vary greatly by country. Sonography requires specialized education and skills to view, analyze and modify the scan to optimize the information in the image. Because of the high levels of decisional latitude and diagnostic input, sonographers have a high degree of responsibility in the diagnostic process.

For more information, please visit the Sonography Canada website.

October is Occupational Therapy Month

 

October is Occupational Therapy Month and October 27 is World Occupational Therapist Day

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  and MSOT websites for more information.

Pre-register by Oct. 2 for 2019 AGM to be eligible for Calm Air prize

Pre-registration for the upcoming MAHCP Annual General Meeting is fully underway and there’s a fabulous prize to be won.

Those who pre-register before Oct. 2 will be eligible for the CALM Air $1,000 flight pass draw! (You must attend the AGM to win.)

This year’s MAHCP AGM takes place Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. Registration starts at 4:30 pm that day, with the meeting at 6pm and refreshments at 8pm.

There will be printed copies of the AGM booklet available on the day of the AGM, and we will be sending booklets to our satellite AGM sites in Thompson, Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas.

If you are planning to attend the AGM, don’t forget to pre-register by calling our office (204) 772-0425 or emailing info@mahcp.ca

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

MAHCP to be at PACE 2019, opening Thursday, Sept. 19

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is thrilled to be a sponsor of the upcoming Paramedicine Across Canada Expo, better known as PACE 2019!

PACE 2019 takes place at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg from Thursday, Sept. 19, to Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019.

The conference will have a truly International flavour, with presenters from around the globe. Please visit https://pacexpo.ca/delegates/ or a full list of speakers and subjects to be covered.

“We’re looking forward to spending a few days meeting with current and new MAHCP members from within the Manitoba EMS Community,” said MAHCP President Bob Moroz.

MAHCP will have a booth at the Paramedic Market, Booth No. 72, where President Moroz and MAHCP staff will be on hand for those wanting to learn more about MAHCP. There will also be MAHCP swag for conference attendees and a draw for a gift card.

For a full list of the Paramedic Market exhibitors, please visit this link below:

https://eventmobi.com/pace2019/companies/60464df9-f561-496f-9006-38c5dbb9165c

See you at PACE 2019!

MAHCP September 2019 Newsletter and AGM

The September newsletter is now online here.  A big welcome to our new members!

This year’s MAHCP AGM takes place Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019, at the Victoria Inn in Winnipeg. Registration starts at 4:30 pm that day, with the meeting at 6pm and refreshments at 8pm.

There will be printed copies of the AGM booklet available on the day of the AGM, and we will be sending booklets to our satellite AGM sites in Thompson, Snow Lake, Flin Flon and The Pas.  If you have not received your AGM booklet by email or mail by Monday, Sept. 23, please let us know.

If you are planning to attend the AGM, don’t forget to pre-register by calling our office (204) 772-0425 or emailing info@mahcp.ca

Those who pre-register before Oct. 2 will be eligible for the CALM Air $1,000 flight pass draw! (You must be in attendance to win.)

Volunteers needed for national Diabetes conference in Winnipeg

MAHCP has a volunteer opportunity with the Diabetes Canada: Manitoba for October and we hope to see many of our members step up!

The Diabetes Canada Professional Conference is taking place in Winnipeg from Oct. 2-5, 2019, and organizers are expecting 1,700 health care professionals to attend.

If you have some time to volunteer for this important conference, which starts Wednesday, Oct. 2, and runs until Saturday, Oct. 5, please visit the Survey Monkey link below for the online volunteer application:

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/DCVolunteer19

Also, our members who often interact with diabetes patients will find this conference to be of particular interest, so we encourage you especially to volunteer!

MAHCP has been a proud supporter of the Manitoba branch of Diabetes Canada for the past decade, and with an estimated 386,000 Manitobans affected by diabetes, your participation as a volunteer would be greatly appreciated.

 

Thank you!

MAHCP

 

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