Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

September 2020 Newsletter

The September 2020 edition of the MAHCP Newsletter is now available, which features a message from President Bob Moroz, our Scholarships winners, and an article on the 50th anniversary of MAHCP.

You’ll see that this edition of the newsletter has an entirely new and modern look, a project that we spent much of the summer working on and hope that you enjoy it!

September 2020 Newsletter

The September 2020 edition of the MAHCP Newsletter is now available, which features a message from President Bob Moroz, our Scholarships winners, and an article on the 50th anniversary of MAHCP.

You’ll see that this edition of the newsletter has an entirely new and modern look, a project that we spent much of the summer working on and hope that you enjoy it!

Statement from MAHCP President on diagnostic services consolidation in Russell/Roblin:

Here is our statement from MAHCP President Bob Moroz on the diagnostic services consolidation in Russell/Roblin:

 

It’s sad to see another community lose diagnostic services, when this was entirely avoidable.

This closure is the direct result of a failure to invest in rural health care. It’s the culmination of a failed strategy to ignore and cut, and now their answer is to cut even more services.

MAHCP is concerned that this reportedly temporary closure could become permanent, as has happened with other rural health care services. Furthermore, the Manitoba Government has already signaled that we can expect consolidation in rural health care services, as we have seen in Winnipeg in recent years with significant impacts to services and accessibility.

We are concerned that this closure in Roblin could be part of a concerning trend and that many more closures and cuts to services may follow. Not only does this mean a loss of services, but a loss of good jobs as well.

These Allied Health Professionals are community members, this isn’t just their job, it’s their home and they’re dedicated to their communities. We see the same passion and commitment from our members working across the province.

Fortunately, Allied Health is here to help and we can work with the Manitoba Government on this. Let’s get back to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair deal for Allied Health Professionals. Let’s give them the resources and supports they need to care for their neighbours and loved ones in Roblin and other rural communities like it across the province.

Let’s get them back to work delivering services close to home during this pandemic when Manitobans need them most.

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

ACP program cut at RRC a blow to Paramedics, rural health care: MAHCP President

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals has the following comments on the suspension of Red River College’s Advanced Care Paramedic Program:

“The suspension of the Advanced Care Paramedic (ACP) diploma program at Red River College, reported yesterday, represents yet another short-sighted cut by the Manitoba Government and yet another blow to rural health care in our province. Manitoba has been moving toward a more consistent and professional model of Emergency Response Services for years now, and we’ve made some progress, but this cut takes us in the opposite direction. It will make it even more difficult to recruit and retain paramedics with advanced skills to serve rural Manitobans in an emergency, and it’s another signal that the Manitoba Government is moving in the wrong direction on rural health care. Manitoba Paramedics and all Manitobans deserve better.

“The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is calling on the Manitoba Government to immediately reinstate the Advanced Care Paramedic diploma program at Red River College, and to ensure that ACPs are recognized and able to work to their full scope of practice in rural Manitoba.”

– Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

Prescription safety eyewear added to MAHCP Discounts Program

MAHCP has teamed up with the Manitoba Association of Optometrists to offer the Prescription Safety Eyewear Program!

Through this program, MAHCP members can purchase prescription safety eyewear at a fraction of the normal pricing (usually 1/4 – 1/3 of the regular cost, depending on your vision prescription).

This program is currently at 55 locations across the province, including 27 in Winnipeg. Furthermore, starting week of June 22, the Manitoba Association of Optometrists is adding the three Winnipeg Oakley Optical locations, bringing the total to 58 in Manitoba, with 30 in Winnipeg.

To take advantage of this new program, MAHCP members must bring their membership card and current vision prescription to any participating location and can purchase at the deal rate.

Standard procedure is for you to pay at the optometrist’s office and they will issue a receipt so you can submit a claim through any insurance coverage you may have.

Please note: this deal applies to prescription safety eyewear only, not regular eyewear. Also, side shields are permanently fixed, removable side shields are not available through this program as they do not meet CSA standards.

For a current list of participating locations, click here.

The MAHCP Discounts Program has also been updated with new vendors in northern Manitoba. Please click here to check out these new additions.

MAHCP thanks all businesses and associations participating in our Discounts Program!

MAHCP President on Risk Recognition Program changes

Two weeks ago, the Manitoba Government announced their so-called “Risk Recognition Program,” which was actually a one-time top-up payment for lower-wage workers.

On June 16, they quietly announced expanded eligibility criteria, doubling the income ceiling to $12,500 earned between March 20 and May 29, 2020. The “minimum hours worked” requirement remains at 200 hours over that same period.

This means that some of you may now qualify for this one-time payment, although we expect that the majority of full-time Allied Health Professionals, and many part-timers, will still be excluded based on the income ceiling and minimum hours worked requirement.

Details of this provincial program, including a link to apply, can be found on the Manitoba Government website: https://manitoba.ca/covid19/infomanitobans/mrrp.html. If you have further questions about the program that aren’t answered on the website, you can contact the Manitoba Economic Assistance Office, toll free, at 1-888-805-7554. If you believe you should qualify but are excluded based on your classification, we want to know about it at info@mahcp.ca

I will state once again that one-time taxable bonuses, whatever they may be called, are never a substitute for real wage increases.

MAHCP will continue pushing to get back to the bargaining table so we can negotiate a fair deal for our members who have been without a contract for more than two and in some cases three years.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

MAHCP announces Bill 28 Court Challenge win!

I’m very pleased to share some good news with all MAHCP members today.  MAHCP, along with other unions who banded together to form the Partnership to Defend Public Services (PDPS), has won our court challenge to Bill 28, the Manitoba Government’s unconstitutional wage freeze legislation.  Please see a news release from PDPS here, issued on behalf of all partner unions.

We have said all along that Bill 28 tramples on our right to free and fair collective bargaining, and the judge has agreed.

The Partnership’s legal team will be reviewing the judge’s full decision and we will have more to say about this landmark court case and its potential implications in the coming days and weeks.  For now, we can celebrate a significant victory for Allied Health Professionals and all working people in Manitoba.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

June 2020 Newsletter

The June 2020 edition of the MAHCP Newsletter is now available and features a message from the President, round-up of our successful Allied Health Week, and a frontline interview.

Manitoba Announces ‘Risk Recognition Program’ and MAHCP responds

Today, more than three weeks after the federal government announced a joint federal-provincial low-wage top-up program for essential workers and over a month after other jurisdictions such as Ontario announced “pandemic pay” for front-line workers, Premier Pallister finally announced details of Manitoba’s program.

The Provincial Government is calling it a “Risk Recognition Program,” but that name is misleading. Our members’ safety is never for sale, nor does this program recognize everyone who has put themselves at risk to serve Manitobans through this pandemic. The government’s program is actually a low-wage top-up program primarily aimed at workers in multiple industries and sectors who worked at least 200 hours in the ten weeks between March 20, 2020 and May 29, 2020 but who earned no more than $2500 per month. MAHCP has not been provided further details on the program but we anticipate that the vast majority of MAHCP members will not be eligible based on the government’s decision. The online application for the program will be posted on the Provincial Government’s COVID-19 website tomorrow.

The government news release is available here and eligibility criteria are now listed on the Provincial website, along with a list of eligible organizations and positions. The government’s criteria appear to exclude most MAHCP members based on income, employer and/or classification. We will update you as soon as we have clearer answers.

MAHCP’s position has been clear from the outset. There is no question that low-wage essential workers, many of whom do not have the benefit of union representation, deserve to be recognized. During recent consultations, we reminded the Province that Allied Health Professionals have also continued to show up to provide essential care and services during this pandemic and have put themselves at significant risk in doing so.

MAHCP will not lend our name or support to any government process that pits worker against worker. We are not part of any so-called “consensus.” At the end of the day, this is a provincial government program and the final decision on program eligibility was theirs. They have created an overly complicated and inconsistent program that is likely to include some front-line Allied Health Professionals who put their own safety and that of their families on the line during the height of the pandemic, but that will exclude others who did so.

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP) joined other health care unions more than two months ago to put forward a proposal for the provincial government to recognize all health care workers for their extraordinary service during this pandemic. Premier Pallister and his government have ignored that request.

MAHCP will continue to advocate for all Allied Health Professionals to be recognized for the heightened risks you have faced during this pandemic. At the same time, we acknowledge that one-time bonuses are never a substitute for real increases negotiated at the bargaining table. They aren’t enough to make up for the fact that Allied Health Professionals have experienced years of neglect, mistreatment and frozen wages at the hands of this provincial government. They don’t make one bit of difference to our members’ personal safety while at work.

We won’t be distracted. MAHCP will continue the fight at the bargaining table. We will continue to push for the real and meaningful increases and protections our members deserve.

 

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President