Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

Representation Votes Announced: August 8-22, 2019

This afternoon, MAHCP and other unions learned from Commissioner Robert Pruden that the representation votes resulting from Bill 29, the Health Sector Bargaining Unit Review Act, will occur from August 8-22, 2019. Please read the Commissioner’s official announcement here.

The Commissioner confirmed that voting will take place online or by telephone during the voting period. Voting credentials will be sent to you via Canada Post. Your postal address will be provided by the Employer, not by MAHCP, so please ensure that you verify your current home mailing address with your individual Employer.

Immediately prior to the two-week voting period, there will be a four-week campaign period.

During the campaign period, unions will have access to facilities in order to reach voters directly. There will be no contact information shared with unions for those voters who are not already members of that union, so site access is an important step to ensure that you have all the information you need to make an informed decision.

Please stay tuned to learn more about when MAHCP will be in or near your worksite. We know that MAHCP is the best choice for our Professional-Technical-Paramedical Sector, including Rural EMS.

If you have any questions, please email us at info@mahcp.ca or call the MAHCP office at 204-772-0425 or toll-free at 1-800-315-3331.  Please also visit onestrongvoice.ca.

We look forward to talking with you soon about this very important vote.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz
President, MAHCP

 

 

Join MAHCP for the MB Filipino Fest Parade this Saturday

The parade for the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival is only days away and we’re looking for MAHCP members to join us this coming Saturday, June 8, 2019!

There’s no RSVP required: please look for our MAHCP vehicle at the marshalling area (Watson Street and Jefferson Ave. in Winnipeg), which will be decorated with flowers, flags and MAHCP banners.

We’re asking all members of our group to be there by 12:30 p.m. You’ll also get a free MAHCP T-shirt to wear in the parade at the MAHCP vehicle!

The parade gets underway at 1 p.m.

The 2019 edition of the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, which takes place at the Maples Multiplex (434 Adsum Drive in Winnipeg) marks the eighth year of the event and it keeps getting bigger and bigger! According to festival organizers, last year’s event had an estimated turnout of 15,000 over the two days.

There will be entertainment at the main stage, 40 food vendors, and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. on Saturday, so it promises to be a good time.

See you there, MAHCP members!

One week left for PACE 2019 early registration

The early bird registration deadline for September’s Paramedicine Across Canada Expo (PACE 2019) is May 31, exactly one week from today!

This year’s PACE conference, which takes place Sept. 19-21 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg, is being sponsored by MAHCP.

PAC/PAM members receive $100 off the full registration fee when they register before May 31.

Organizers of PACE 2019 have said that the conference will have a truly International flavour, with presenters from Canada, Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, and the United States, so be sure to register early as some sessions and events have limited availability.

For more information on PACE 2019, including registration, please visit their website at https://pacexpo.ca/

 

MAHCP a sponsor of this Saturday’s Solidarity Forever free concert

As a proud sponsor, MAHCP is encouraging all members to come out and enjoy the Solidarity Forever Community Concert at Memorial Park this Saturday!

The Solidarity Forever event, which runs from 1 to 6 p.m. features a free concert hosted by Bruce Steele and with performances by Sierra Noble, James Keelaghan, David Rovics, Heather Bishop, Maria Dunn with Shannon Johnson, Red Moon Road, Nathan Rogers and Joe Jencks. Please see the poster here.

There will also be a Food Court, which is being sponsored by MAHCP, and a Family area.

Before the concert is a parade, at 11 a.m., which will run from the Exchange District to Memorial Park.

The Solidarity Forever concert is one of several events being organized by the Manitoba Federation of Labour’s strike commemoration committee for the 100th anniversary of the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike, during which an estimated 30,000 workers in our city walked off the job to protest for better working and living conditions.

On Saturday, June 8, there will be another free concert, this one starting at 2 p.m. and called Rise Up 100: Songs for the Next Century, at The Cube in Old Market Square with major headliners Ani DiFranco, Bruce Cockburn, John K Samson, Leonard Sumner, Sweet Alibi and Two Crows for Comfort.

For more on the 1919 Winnipeg General Strike commemoration, please see this article in our March 2019 MAHCP newsletter: https://issuu.com/mahcp/docs/march_news_2019/10

The Executive Council and staff at MAHCP invite all members and your family and friends to attend these wonderful events. Please share this information with your colleagues, thanks MAHCP members!

 

 

We salute EMS!

It’s National Paramedic Services Week – May 26 to June 1, 2019 – and we at MAHCP would like to salute our EMS members as well as all first responders across Canada. Thank you so much for the important work that you do each and every day!

This year’s theme is “Celebrating Successes”.

Please visit https://www.paramedicchiefs.ca/paramedic-services-week-2019/ for more information.

 

Join MAHCP at the 2019 Manitoba Filipino Street Festival

The Executive Council at the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is proud to announce that this year MAHCP is sponsoring the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, on June 8 and 9!

The 2019 edition of the Manitoba Filipino Street Festival, which takes place at the Maples Multiplex (434 Adsum Drive in Winnipeg) marks the eighth year of the event and it keeps getting bigger and bigger! According to festival organizers, last year’s event had an estimated turnout of 15,000 over the two days.

MAHCP will have a booth at the event, where we’ll be handing out MAHCP gear and information, from noon until 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, and on Sunday from noon until 3 p.m.

We’re looking for a handful of volunteers to help at the booth over the two days, so if you’re interested, please email info@mahcp.ca

In addition to the booth, MAHCP will have a group walking in Saturday’s Filipino Cultural Street Parade and we’d like to see as many MAHCP members in that group as possible!

There’s no RSVP required: we’re asking MAHCP members to pick up a free T-shirt at the booth and then assemble for the Parade at the marshalling area at Watson and Jefferson. Please look for our MAHCP flags.

Please see the event poster here.

There will be a stamp competition, as well as entertainment at the main stage, 40 food vendors, and fireworks at 10:15 p.m. on June 8, so it promises to be a good time. See you there, MAHCP members!

National Biomedical/Clinical Engineering Week – May 19 to 25, 2019

Biomedical engineers study, design, develop and evaluate biological and medical systems and products such as artificial organs, prostheses, medical instruments and information systems.

Clinical Engineers work in large hospitals and are involved in healthcare technology management activities such as management of biomedical or clinical engineering departments, systems integration, capital acquisition and implementation, patient safety, compliance to standards and regulations and risk management.

For more information about these important and interesting professions, please visit the Canadian Medical and Biological Engineering Society website.

President’s Message on Concordia

 

This is an update to try to help you understand just what is happening with the planned closure of the Concordia Emergency Department and related changes. We understand from local management that these changes are still set to happen as of June 24, 2019, and we have not been told any differently by the WRHA or Shared Health.

For our members in the laboratory at Concordia, we know that you have all made your employment choices, and in some cases retirement plans, based on the planned closure date. Yesterday you received a letter from Shared Health confirming the status of your choice. MAHCP knows that any change to the planned closure date may affect your choice, and we have asked the Employer to include that other options will be considered regarding those choices if the closure does NOT happen on June 24, 2019 as planned. This includes any who have indicated that you would choose to retire rather than moving to a different lab.

For those of you in the WRHA and DI at Concordia, I will share with you that we have not yet heard from the Employer their final decision on numbers of individual positions that would be impacted by the planned June 24 closure. I spoke with many of you a couple of weeks ago, but unfortunately we still do not have any confirmation from the Employer on the final numbers.

We all know that the Manitoba Government has re-engaged Dr. Peachey to evaluate the implementation of his recommendations. There has been plenty of media attention on this issue recently and MAHCP has been vocal about how this ongoing uncertainty is negatively affecting our members at Concordia.

So what does all this mean?

MAHCP has yet to learn what Dr. Peachy may recommend. Is he going to recommend that the Concordia Hospital maintains at the very least an urgent care centre? Is he going to recommend a delay in the closure? Or is he going to say that that the ER should close on June 24 as planned?

It is important to note here that the Manitoba Government has brought Dr. Peachey back for this review, not the WRHA nor Shared Health. This is a government decision. MAHCP has been meeting with both Employers over the past number of days, and I am certain that the Employers are awaiting government decisions, the same as the rest of us. The Employers were given a mandate for closure in June and have been working towards a labour adjustment strategy based on that mandate and our Collective Agreements.

I don’t often let the Employer off the hook, but until we learn something different, they are working under the assumption that the ER will close in June as planned.

If it does not, I want to assure each of you that we will continue to be there for you to make sure that any choices our Laboratory members have already made are not binding, and that we get the clearest information possible as soon as Government makes their plan clear in the wake of the Peachey review.

Our Allied Health members at Concordia have faced uncertainty for far too long, but I want you to know that MAHCP is working hard to advocate for and protect your rights. As always, I will continue to update you as we learn any new information.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz, President

Win $100 – Celebrate Allied Health Week!

 

This week, May 12-18, is Manitoba’s first annual Allied Health Care Professionals Recognition Week, a week of our own to celebrate our professions and our incredible contributions to health care.  MAHCP worked hard to get this special week enacted, and we want to make a splash!

You can help celebrate, show your pride AND enter to win a $100 Visa gift card!

MAHCP is giving away TEN $100 GIFT CARDS to celebrate the week!  All you have to do is take a selfie or picture with a homemade poster (sample) that says:

  • #IamAlliedHealth
  • #MAHCP, and
  • the name of your profession.

Post your pic to Facebook, Twitter and/or Instagram. You can also tag @MAHCP.MB on Facebook, @MAHCP_MB on Twitter or @MAHCP_MB on Instagram.

Then just fill out a ballot at https://mahcp.ca/allied-health-week-photo-contest/ to enter the contest.

Not on social media?  You can still enter the contest by emailing your photo to mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca and filling out a ballot through the link above.

You can enter each time you post or email a photo, up to four times per day (see ballot link above for full contest rules).

***Please note that these photos MUST NOT be taken at your worksites due to employer restrictions***

MAHCP was proud to get Allied Health Care Professionals Recognition Week into law in Manitoba, and we’re especially proud of our members and the work you do every day. Help us celebrate the very first Allied Health Week by entering to win!

Contact mahcpcontest@mahcp.ca or 204-772-0425 with any questions.

#IamAlliedHealth!

 

 

Crucial Save Concordia ER Rally This Wednesday

 

MAHCP President Bob Moroz, board members and staff will be in attendance at the Save The Concordia ER rally taking place this Wednesday, from noon until 12:30 p.m.

We invite any and all MAHCP members at the Concordia Hospital on lunch break or any member-at-large on an off-shift to join us and make our collective voice heard!

It’s a critical time right now, as the Pallister government has backtracked on a closing date for the Concordia ER and late last week announced that the author of the Peachey report, Dr. David Peachey, has been brought back to review the planned closure.

CBC Manitoba and the Winnipeg Free Press interviewed President Moroz regarding the uncertainty around the Concordia Hospital ER. Here are the links:

CBC Manitoba: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/manitoba/job-reductions-concordia-hospital-health-care-professionals-1.5121034?fbclid=IwAR07Vds9Sbb8JzMJu2W8M-8Inq6CXFulLIYbef96lF_W8QxPaOUp5seHu54

Winnipeg Free Press: https://www.winnipegfreepress.com/local/uncertainty-of-er-closure-concerns-concordia-staff-509286872.html?fbclid=IwAR1fMuod4gj2c0H5rBVPzBgAWhTBDQdBKibyiUrAZ6_gPm2Vem-vyjtMUlc

President Moroz also wrote an email to MAHCP members at Concordia Hospital, which is available for viewing here: https://mahcp.ca/mahcp-president-responds-to-health-ministers-concordia-hospital-comments/

More information on Wednesday’s Save The Concordia ER rally can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/events/669969780130856/

If you have family, friends or colleagues who might be interested in attending, please pass this information along to them, thank you!

International Day of the Midwife

International Day of The Midwife takes place every May 5th. This is a time to recognise the important job midwives do around the world and the care they provide in your community.  This year’s theme is “Midwives: Defenders of Women’s Rights”.

Visit the International Confederation of Midwives website for more information.

 

National Hospice Palliative Care Week – May 5-11, 2019

Hospice palliative care aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying; and strives to help patients and families:

  • address physical, psychological, social, spiritual and practical issues, and their associated expectations, needs, hopes and fears
  • prepare for and manage self-determined life closure and the dying process
  • cope with loss and grief during the illness and bereavement.

Please visit the Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association website for more information about palliative care and Palliative Care Week 2019.

 

 

Mental Health Week – May 6-12, 2019

Mental health is key to our well-being. We can’t be truly healthy without it. It involves how we feel, think, act, and interact with the world around us. Mental health is about realizing our potential, coping with the normal stresses of life, and making a contribution to our community.

Good mental health isn’t about avoiding problems or trying to achieve a ‘perfect’ life. It’s about living well and feeling capable despite challenges. Mental well-being is bigger than the presence or absence of a mental illness. People who live with a mental illness can and do thrive, just as people without a mental illness may experience poor mental health.

For more information on mental health programs and services in your community, go to CMHA’s website at cmha.ca or contact your local CMHA, or any other community mental health agency/organization, to obtain information on available supports and services close to you.

MAHCP proud to join Pride Winnipeg Parade on June 2

For the third year in a row, MAHCP board and staff will be marching in the Pride Winnipeg Parade and we invite all our members to join us!

Last year’s festival marked the 31st anniversary of the Pride Parade and its theme was “My First Pride.” It was well-attended, and we had a good turnout for MAHCP’s second participation in the Parade.

For 2019, we’re once again aiming for an even bigger and better turnout, so please join us on Sunday, June 2, as we show our Pride!

There’s no RSVP required: we’re asking members to attend the rally at 10:00 a.m. at the Manitoba Legislature and then assemble for the Parade at the marshalling area on Memorial Boulevard near the Legislature.

This year’s theme is Pride of Colour, which focuses on the diversity in GSRD (gender, sexual, and relationship diverse) community and sends a strong message of inclusion.

As Pride Winnipeg states on their website, this concept “seeks to amplify the voices of racialized minorities and help raise awareness of the barriers that may have prevented them from participating in previous Pride Festivals.”

The 2019 Pride Winnipeg Festival runs May 24 to June 2, and organizers announced earlier this year that the parade route will return to Portage Avenue.

MAHCP’s walking group at the parade will have a large banner there, backpack flags, and free T-shirts for those who walk with us.  See attached poster for more information.

More information on the Pride Winnipeg Festival is available at http://www.pridewinnipeg.com/pride/

MAHCP President responds to Health Minister’s Concordia Hospital comments

We are aware of the recent media reports in which Health Minister Cameron Friesen seems unwilling to publicly state that the Concordia Hospital Emergency Department will close at the end of June as planned. We are awaiting clarification from the Employer because we know these changes will have such a dramatic effect on our members who work at Concordia Hospital and at Shared Health Concordia.

What does the Minister’s statement mean? Is the March 25, 2019 Employment Security notice still applicable? In that notice, the Employer indicated that the changes would take place no earlier than June 24, 2019.

To be clear, MAHCP has not agreed to a labour adjustment strategy yet because the Employer has not assured us that the real impact on our members is finalized. The Employer has committed to providing a more accurate number of positions affected. That was to happen sometime this week. Unfortunately, the Minister’s statement casts further doubt and uncertainty, and it remains unclear what the actual plan is for Concordia and the work our members do there.

I have heard the frustration from our Concordia Hospital members first-hand, and I share that frustration. We continue to await answers from the Employer and we will share whatever information we can, as soon as we can.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz
MAHCP President

National Physiotherapy Month

With over 20,000 registered physiotherapists in Canada, National Physiotherapy Month is an opportunity to celebrate the profession and recognize the expertise and care that physiotherapists provide to promote good health, prevent injury, and improve the physical function and well-being of Canadians through the treatment of a wide range of conditions.

For more information about physiotherapy, visit the Canadian Physiotherapy Association and Manitoba Physiotherapy Association web pages.

May is Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Many of us take our ability to communicate for granted. Yet the ability to speak, hear and be heard is much more vital to our everyday lives than most of us realize. Each year the month of May is dedicated to raising public awareness about communication health issues and highlight the importance of early detection and intervention in the treatment of communication health issues.

Speech & Hearing Awareness Month

Speech-Language & Audiology Canada

National Day of Mourning – April 28

 

The National Day of Mourning is observed in Canada on 28 April. It commemorates workers who have been killed, injured or suffered illness due to workplace related hazards and incidents. Please visit the Canadian Centre for Occupational Health & Safety website for more information.

Relive the MAHCP Video Contest with Throwback Thursdays

Over the next several weeks, MAHCP will be showcasing our wonderful entries into the MAHCP Video Contest in our #ThrowbackThursdays series!

Our videos will be featured one each Thursday via our Facebook and Twitter pages.  If you’d like to see all videos at once, they’re located on this page.

As a quick recap, the MAHCP Video Contest saw groups of members creatively put together videos on their professions and the top three videos were voted on via our Facebook page.

The top three (pictured with their presentation cheques below) were:

1   Lab Life
2   Dietitians of Thompson
3   Sweet Child Life

This contest received a LOT of traction online, thousands of Facebook “Likes” were recorded, and we saw hundreds of new followers of our Facebook Page. A local newspaper in Thompson also covered it, which was a pleasant surprise.

The MAHCP Video Contest was officially announced during the MAHCP AGM in October of 2018. For members, this was their chance to share with the public the important work that they do each and every day, and that’s exactly what they did.

Once again, a big THANK YOU to all who participated in making the videos, MAHCP staff who reviewed them, and all who voted via our Facebook page.

We hope that you enjoy our #ThrowbackThursdays series!

 

Our top three teams – Lab Life, Dietitians of Thompson and Sweet Child Life – were presented with their cheques in the weeks after the contest closed.

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