Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

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

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!

President’s Update on Shared Health

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

 

Congrats to our MAHCP Video Contest participants

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!

Congrats to our third MAHCP Window Sticker contest winner

We have a winner for the month of January!

Congratulations to Erin Crawford, an MAHCP Member Advocate, for being our third Window Sticker contest winner.

This contest is open to all MAHCP members and the monthly prize is a $50 gift card of the winner’s choice.

Here’s how to enter: Please place this sticker in a safe, unobtrusive part of your vehicle’s windows, take a selfie of yourself (or ask a friend to snap a pic) with the sticker visible, and send it into mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca for your chance to win a gift card.

For those who sent in a picture but were not selected, your name stays in the pot for the following month, so those who have entered since the contest started at the MAHCP AGM in October still have a chance to win.

The goal of this contest is to increase our visibility day-to-day among our fellow Winnipeggers around the city and beyond the Perimeter.

We’re planning on keeping this contest going over the next few months, so enter as soon as you can for more chances to win.

There will be stickers available at upcoming site meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz. Please visit our website mahcp.ca often to view our calendar, located right on our home page. Events will be added as meeting rooms are booked.

In addition, members can pick up stickers at the MAHCP office located at 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Good luck to all who enter our contest!

February is National Therapeutic Recreation Month

 

Therapeutic Recreation is a process that utilizes functional intervention, education and recreation participation to enable persons with physical, cognitive, emotional and/or social limitations to acquire and/or maintain the skills, knowledge and behaviours that will allow them to enjoy their leisure optimally, function independently with the least amount of assistance and participate as fully as possible in society. Therapeutic Recreation intervention is provided by trained professionals in clinical and/or community settings.    Please visit the Canadian Therapeutic Recreation Association for more information.

President’s Update on Health Care Representation Votes

You may have seen some news regarding the upcoming Health Care Bargaining Unit Representation Votes on social media, in print or on television in the past week.  Last week, the Manitoba government announced new regulations that further define the Community and Facility Sectors under the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, the legislation that is forcing and will govern the upcoming representation votes.

I want to reassure you, our members, that nothing has changed in the definition of the Professional, Technical and Paramedical Sector under the Act.  Indeed, I sought and received confirmation from Commissioner Robert Pruden that the new regulations have no impact on our sector.  There do however remain a number of factors that still need to be determined between the employer, the unions and the commissioner before the vote can take place, and we will keep you apprised of developments as we move forward.  We will continue fighting to ensure your rights and interests are protected throughout this process.

Unfortunately, the primary goal of this legislation seems to be to pit one union against another.  We won’t take that bait.  As I stated in the media last week, the Act, including the new regulations, are creating uncertainty and confusion in our health care system.  MAHCP is here to help you cut through that confusion, so please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns to info@mahcp.ca or directly to me at bobm@mahcp.ca.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MACHP President

MAHCP’s Open House tour to start in Brandon, more dates coming

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is kicking off its ‘One Strong Voice’ Open House Tour in Brandon on Jan. 31, 2019.

The meeting in Brandon – 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.

This first Open House in Brandon takes place 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 31, at the Clarion Hotel, located at 3130 Victoria Ave.

In attendance will be MAHCP President Bob Moroz, Executive Director Lee Manning, Executive Liaison Tim Smith, and Labour Relations Officers Chelsea Kaufmann and Garrett Finck.

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.

A light meal and refreshments will be available, as well as MAHCP materials and gear.

Those needing transportation to this meeting can call 204-250-2435 to arrange it.

Please e-mail info@mahcp.ca if you have any questions about the tour, or if you and your colleagues would like to request a meeting in your community.

Thanks everyone!

 

One week left in MAHCP’s Video Contest

There is one week left in our MAHCP Video Contest – the submission deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.

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

Please visit www.mahcp.ca/videocontest for more information on the rules and on how to submit your videos.

Entries we’ve received so far have included videos filmed in members’ homes and outdoors, so we’re encouraging members to be creative!

Once the video submissions’ deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019, has passed, we will post the videos to our Facebook page by Feb. 11, 2019. They will then be judged on the number of “likes” received during the rest of the month of February.

We’ll announce the winner on March 1, 2019.

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

MAHCP staff recorded a video of their own that was shared at the AGM and can be viewed on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/manitobaahcp/

Good luck to all!

MAHCP staffing announcement – Tim Smith

The MAHCP Executive Council is pleased to announce the addition of Tim Smith as Executive Liaison to President Bob Moroz and Council.

Tim comes to MAHCP from the non-profit charitable sector. He previously served as project manager for Manitoba’s minister of health, advising on policy, communications, outreach and issue management, capping a five-year career in the Manitoba government supporting various cabinet ministers. He also has extensive organizing and political campaign experience, having held various management and volunteer positions in both provincial and civic campaigns.

Prior to his time in government, Tim worked at the community level for local non-profit organizations, both as staff and volunteer, and in market research. He has also taught undergraduate courses in literature and writing in both the U.S. and Canada.

Originally from Ohio, Tim and his wife Catherine, a professor at the University of Winnipeg, have called Winnipeg home for the past 10 years. An NFL and college football fan by birth, he has sought to blend in by learning at least some of the rules of hockey, by memorizing the “True North” portion of the national anthem and even dabbling in this thing called “curling.”

He is very much looking forward to supporting Bob and the entire MAHCP team tackle any and all challenges in the year ahead.

Tim is the fifth MAHCP employee hired over the past 18 months, as LROs Angie Boehm and Chelsea Kaufmann joined MAHCP in June of 2017, and, in 2018, LROs Nathan Laser joined us in May and Garrett Finck in September.

Two weeks left in MAHCP’s Video Contest

There are TWO WEEKS left in our MAHCP Video Contest – the deadline is Jan. 31, 2019.

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

We welcome submissions from individual members or groups of members. Please keep in mind that if you are doing a group video and yours happens to win, it is the responsibility of the main submitter of the video to disperse the funds as the group sees fit.

The videos should be less than three minutes long and can be comical, serious or anything in-between.

Please visit www.mahcp.ca/videocontest for more information on the rules and on how to submit your videos.

Once the video submissions’ deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019, has passed, we will post the videos to our Facebook page by Feb. 11, 2019. They will then be judged on the number of “likes” received during the rest of the month of February.

We’ll announce the winner on March 1, 2019.

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

MAHCP staff recorded a video of their own that was shared at the AGM and can be viewed on our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/manitobaahcp/

Good luck to all MAHCP Video Contest participants!

MAHCP’s Ironman honouree Michael Kleiman sets fundraising challenge

Call it sweet serendipity.

When MAHCP’s Communications Committee recommended to Executive Council late last year that we sponsor the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel this February, we had no idea that the event’s honouree would be one of our own.

Michael Kleiman, who has been an MAHCP member for 19 years and has served on the board going back 18 years, is the Bonspiel’s 2019 honouree and we couldn’t be more pleased and prouder!

And Michael is challenging all MAHCP members to donate to this worthy cause, “I started it off today with a $100 donation,” he said this past weekend. To donate, please visit www.ironmancurling.com

Michael, who has Premature Coronary Artery Disease, was chosen as the honouree because of his “Never give up” attitude when faced with the effects of this disease.

On the ironmancurling.com website, the official announcement states “It is the hope of this year’s Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel committee that our honouree, Michael Kleiman, with one of the biggest hearts we’ve ever known has his hopes and dreams come true. Michael you are truly an Ironman!”

He first sought medical attention for his chest pain in 2005. Soon after, he received a quadruple bypass, and in the intervening years has seen blockages, stents and lesions. As stated in the Ironman announcement, “Replacing the heart would be a logical conclusion to the uneducated; however, even after a quadruple bypass, two almost heart attacks, two full heart attacks, insertions of multiple stents, and angina, every day the words out of Michael’s mouth are “I’m not sick enough.”

Click here to read the entire announcement on the Ironman site.

This bonspiel, which raises much-needed funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, takes place Feb. 1 to 3, 2019, at The Forks on the Red River.

Not only will MAHCP be a sponsor, we will also be fielding a team to participate in the tournament.

This team is being led by MAHCP President Bob Moroz, who is an avid curler when he’s not out in the public fighting for the rights of his members.

We still have a couple spaces on the team left to fill, so if you are an MAHCP member (or a direct family member) who is interested in being on the team and have your own curling equipment, please send an email to info@mahcp.ca with “Ironman Bonspiel” in the subject line and your contact info.

This annual bonspiel has raised over $102,078.50 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The goal for 2019 is $15,000.

We look forward to seeing our Team MAHCP “hurry hard” for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

 

MAHCP launches ‘One Strong Voice Together’ campaign

The Government of Manitoba is drastically reducing the number of unions representing health care workers in our province.

They are doing this by asking you to vote for which union will represent your interests and needs in the future.

With 50 years of experience representing MAHCP members, we are the experts in advocating for the rights and benefits of all Technical, Professional and Paramedical Health Care Professionals in Manitoba.

We are facing this challenge head on and have launched the One Strong Voice campaign to generate member and public awareness, to rally support for the campaign, and to promote the invaluable health care being provided every day by the membership we serve.

This campaign, which starts today, will include television, online video and radio ads over the next months. The television ad can be viewed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnoXWxiFcPg

Please check out the campaign website at https://onestrongvoice.ca/ and ask your friends, family and colleagues to add their voices so we can be One Strong Voice TOGETHER.

Our Members. Your Health. Every Day.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

MAHCP launches Bill 28 and 29 info buttons on website

Dear MAHCP members,

We have added two quick-access buttons to the MAHCP website with information on the Pallister Government’s Bill 28 and Bill 29.

As a quick recap, Bill 28: The Public Service Sustainability Act seeks to impose a four-year wage cap on all unionized workers in the public sector. This cap would be zero increases in years one and two, up to 0.75% in year three and up to 1% in year four.

Specifically aimed at public sector workers in health care is Bill 29, which is named The Health Sector Bargaining Review Act. This act seeks to force representation votes in seven categories, including professional/technical/paramedical.

Attached is a photo of what the buttons look like online. For cellphones, it takes up a larger portion on the main photo on the homepage, but it’s still easy to access.

For clarification, these buttons are meant to be solely informational. We’re currently working on a separate website related to the representation votes that will be rolled out in the coming days.

We’ll be updating the information for these buttons as soon as something new comes up, so feel free to check back often.

Also, we encourage you to let your MAHCP colleagues know about the buttons. By sharing it digitally, we can prevent having to print a lot of this material on paper, which is a win-win for our union and the environment.

If you have feedback on the buttons, including ideas for new sections that could be added, please contact our Communications Officer at bernice@mahcp.ca

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

Congrats to our second MAHCP Window Sticker contest winner

New year, new winner!

Congratulations to Lisa Thibeault, an MAHCP Member Advocate, for being our second Window Sticker contest winner, for the month of December.

The Window Sticker contest is open to all MAHCP members and the monthly prize is a $50 gift card of the winner’s choice.

Here’s how to enter: Please place this sticker in a safe, unobtrusive part of your vehicle’s windows, take a selfie of yourself (or ask a friend to snap a pic) with the sticker visible, and send it into mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca for your chance to win a gift card.

For those who sent in a picture but were not selected, your name stays in the pot for the following month, so those who entered after October’s AGM and through December still have a chance to win.

The goal of this contest is to increase our visibility day-to-day among our fellow Winnipeggers around the city and beyond the Perimeter.

We’re planning on keeping this contest going over the next few months, so enter as soon as you can for more chances to win. The January winner will be announced during the first week of February, and so on.

There will be stickers available at upcoming site meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz. Please visit our website mahcp.ca often to view our calendar, located right on our home page. Events will be added as meeting rooms are booked.

In addition, members can pick up stickers at the MAHCP office located at 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Good luck to all who enter our contest!

Join Team MAHCP at the Ironman Curling Bonspiel

The Executive Council of MAHCP is proud to announce our sponsorship of the 19th Annual Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel!

This bonspiel, which raises much-needed funds for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, takes place Feb. 1 to 3, 2019, at The Forks on the Red River.

Not only will MAHCP be a sponsor, we will also be fielding a team to participate in the tournament.

This team will be led by MAHCP President Bob Moroz, who is an avid curler when he’s not out in the public fighting for the rights of his members.

Along with Bob, MAHCP is looking for up to five more curlers to play on the team (Ironman allows for four players on the team, plus two spares). These curlers will need to bring their own equipment with them.

If you are an MAHCP member (or a direct family member) who is interested in being on the team, please send an email to info@mahcp.ca with “Ironman Bonspiel” in the subject line and your contact information.

Since this is meant to be an enjoyable team event, we’ll be selecting this year’s team on a first-come, first-serve basis.

As the organizers of the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel say, together we can raise money, make a difference and have fun! More information on their event is available at www.ironmancurling.com

This annual bonspiel has raised over $102,078.50 for the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada. The goal for 2019 is $15,000.

We look forward to seeing our Team MAHCP “hurry hard” for the Heart and Stroke Foundation!

Photo courtesy of the Ironman Outdoor Curling Bonspiel.

MAHCP Video Contest deadline extended to Jan. 31, 2019

We’ve listened to our MAHCP members and extended the deadline in the MAHCP Video Contest to Jan. 31, 2019!

That means members will have an extra month to get in your videos.

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

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

We welcome submissions from individual members or groups of members. Please keep in mind that if you are doing a group video and yours happens to win, it is the responsibility of the main submitter of the video to disperse the funds as the group sees fit.

The videos should be less than three minutes long and can be comical, serious or anything in-between.

Please visit www.mahcp.ca/videocontest for more information on the rules and on how to submit your videos.

Once the video submissions’ deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2019, has passed, we will post the videos to our Facebook page and they will be judged on the number of “likes” received.

MAHCP staff recorded a video of their own that was shared at the AGM and can be viewed on our Facebook page for the next while. This can be found at https://www.facebook.com/manitobaahcp/

Thank you, MAHCP members, we eagerly await the videos!

Congrats to our inaugural MAHCP Window Sticker contest winner

We have our first winner!

Congratulations to Tara Fillion, an MAHCP Member Advocate, for being our November Window Sticker contest winner.

The Window Sticker contest is open to all MAHCP members and the monthly prize is a $50 gift card of the winner’s choice.

Here’s how to enter: Please place this sticker in a safe, unobtrusive part of your vehicle’s windows, take a selfie of yourself (or ask a friend to snap a pic) with the sticker visible, and send it into mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca for your chance to win a gift card.

If your name isn’t selected, it stays in the pot for the following month, so those who entered after October’s AGM and through November still have a chance to win.

The goal of this contest is to increase our visibility day-to-day among our fellow Winnipeggers around the city and beyond the Perimeter.

We’re planning on keeping this contest going over the next few months, so enter as soon as you can for more chances to win. There will be stickers available at upcoming site meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz. Please visit our website mahcp.ca often to view our calendar, located right on our home page. Events will be added as meeting rooms are booked.

In addition, members can pick up stickers at the MAHCP office located at 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. from Monday to Friday, between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Good luck to all who enter!

Win with MAHCP! Video, sticker contests heating up this winter

MAHCP members, there’s a little over one month left to get your videos in for the chance to win wonderful cash prizes!

The submissions deadline for the MAHCP Video Contest is Dec. 31, 2018. This contest, which was officially announced at the MAHCP AGM in October, has the goal of sharing with the public the important work that our members do every day.

The prizes for this contest are spectacular: First prize is $1,500, Second prize is $1,000 and Third prize is $500. Please visit mahcp.ca/videocontest for more information on the rules.

Once the video submissions’ deadline of 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 31, 2018, has passed, we will post the videos to our Facebook page and they will be judged on the number of “likes” received.

We welcome submissions from individual members or groups of members. Please keep in mind that if you are doing a group video and yours happens to win, it is the responsibility of the main submitter of the video to disperse the funds as the group sees fit.

To kick this video contest off, MAHCP staff recorded a comical video of their own that was shared at the AGM and can be viewed on our Facebook page for the next while. This can be found at https://www.facebook.com/manitobaahcp/

 

MAHCP’s second contest taking place right now is the Window Sticker Contest.

The goal of this contest is to increase our visibility day-to-day among our fellow Winnipeggers around the city, Manitobans beyond the Perimeter and beyond the southern half of the province.

Please place this sticker in a safe, unobtrusive part of your vehicle’s window, take a selfie of yourself (or ask a friend to snap a pic) with the sticker visible, and send it to mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca for your chance to win a gift card.

There will also be stickers available at upcoming site meetings with MAHCP President Bob Moroz and Labour Relations Officers. Please visit our website mahcp.ca often to view our calendar, which is located right on the home page. Events will be added as meeting rooms are booked.

In addition, members can pick up window stickers at the MAHCP office located at 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. from Monday to Friday, between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

This is an ongoing contest, which means there will be several chances to win a gift card – at least one per month. We’ll keep it going as long as we’re receiving new pictures.

Thanks and good luck, everyone!

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