Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

MAHCP Responds to Caregiver Wage Support Announcement

This morning, the Government of Manitoba announced a $35 Million front-line Caregiver Wage Support Program.

The media release describes the program as one that will help thousands of eligible front line workers with a wage top of $5/hour between November 1, 2020 and January 10,2021.

Here are a couple of quotes from the government news release:

“This program recognizes the efforts of those who are serving on the front lines of our battle with COVID-19,” said Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen. “They have exemplified true professionalism and courage while caring for Manitobans, and doing their best to protect us all from this virus.”

“Every day, thousands of Manitoba workers make our province a better place by showing compassion, care and dedication as they support some of our most vulnerable citizens, such as seniors, people with disabilities, children in care and people at homeless shelters,” said Stefanson. “Their commitment has not wavered, despite the challenges and fears caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Through the Caregiver Wage Support Program, our government is recognizing their ongoing commitment and the value of their critical work.”

These statements are 100% true for each and every MAHCP member as well.  Yet again, this government has turned its back on Allied Health Professionals.  There can be no doubt whatsoever that MAHCP members are as front-line as one can get and have received little or no consideration in any program announced to date by Government.  Today’s announcement is yet another slap in the face for Allied Health.

MAHCP calls on the Premier and Cabinet to finally and meaningfully acknowledge the dedication, courage and tireless efforts put forth by every Allied Health Professional in the Province, not only during this pandemic, but every day.  Allied Health is there for Manitobans every day and it is past time that our Government is there for us when we need them most.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

MAHCP celebrate MRT Week 2020!

November 8 to 14 is Medical Radiation Technology Week and we salute all of our MAHCP members in this field. Thank you!

Medical radiation technologists (MRTs) work within four disciplines: radiological technology, nuclear medicine, radiation therapy or magnetic resonance imaging.

This year, the Canadian Association of Medical Radiation Technologists is using MRT Week as the springboard for a new national awareness campaign. You can help AMPLIFY and EXPAND the reach of this campaign by helping us to SHARE this material online via this link.

For more information, also please visit the Manitoba Association of Medical Radiation Technologists website.

MAHCP welcomes Tania Wiebe to LRO team

MAHCP is very proud to announce the addition of Tania Wiebe to our Labour Relations team!

Wiebe has worked in community health in various capacities since 2002, including over 10 years as a program coordinator at Nine Circles Community Health Centre and seven years as a board member of Sexuality Education Resource Centre.

Her work at these centres was focused on HIV/STBBI prevention and education, healthy sexuality, and harm reduction. During her time as a program coordinator, Wiebe was a member of her workplace Labour Management Committee and also a Shop Steward (similar to Member Advocate for MAHCP).

She holds an Honours Bachelor of Arts Degree in Political Science and a Certificate in Public Policy and Administration, both from the University of Winnipeg.

In her spare time, Wiebe enjoys listening to music, watching and reading a fair bit of news, and running when it’s not winter.

MAHCP letter to Health Minister: Take immediate steps now

Today, November 9, 2020, MAHCP President Bob Moroz once again called on the Manitoba Government to take immediate steps to bolster supports, staffing and protections for Allied Health Professionals who are putting themselves and their families at risk to serve Manitobans.

The open letter to Health, Seniors and Active Living Minister Cameron Friesen is available here.

MAHCP mourns with CUPE on death of health care aide

MAHCP statement on health care worker death related to Victoria General Hospital outbreak:

Today, we learned the devastating news that a fellow health care worker, a member of CUPE, has died related to the COVID-19 outbreak at Victoria General Hospital.

First and foremost, I’d like to convey our deepest condolences on behalf of MAHCP to the family and friends of this Manitoban, as well as to the entire CUPE family in our province and across Canada.

While we may work in different parts of the health care system, we are all health care and we all care about each other, especially during this COVID-19 pandemic that has become so deadly in our province.

We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our CUPE colleagues and all health care unions in our call for the immediate implementation of increased health and safety measures that will keep all health care workers safe across the entire system.

Not one more death will we accept. Not one more death.

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

Congratulations to the MAHCP AGM Prize Draw Winners!

We would like to thank all those MAHCP members who attended yesterday’s MAHCP AGM, our first virtual AGM!

And now we’d like to announce the winners of the MAHCP AGM Prizes, they were selected by random number generator and list is below. CONGRATULATIONS!

There will be another chance for attendees to win a prize, as an evaluation survey will be sent out next week and those who answer it will be entered.

Also, a big thank you to our prize donors and providers: Canad Inns, Corus Entertainment, Electric Impression, Maloway & Eliason Insurance Agencies and Travel Center Ltd. and Visions on Regent Avenue in Winnipeg.

Note to the winners: we will be getting in touch with you over the next week or two for how best to get you your prizes, due to the new restrictions being implemented. On Monday, Nov. 2, level red is coming for the Winnipeg Metropolitan area and level orange for the rest of Manitoba (that wasn’t orange already).

 

  1. MAHCP TWS Wireless Mini Earphones – Sylvie Berard
  2. MAHCP TWS Wireless Mini Earphones – Glen Espino
  3. MAHCP TWS Wireless Mini Earphones – Jane Bugeja
  4. MAHCP Elink Dashcam with Night Vision – Graham Brown
  5. MAHCP Elink Dashcam with Night Vision – Cathy Langit
  6. Canad Inns $25.00 gift card – Kim Baessler
  7. RCS Insurance Gift basket – Sonia Wolfe
  8. MAHCP Cobra Wasp 4K Sports Action Camera – Julie Brown
  9. MAHCP Cobra Wasp 4K Sports Action Camera – Leanne Janzen
  10. MAHCP Amazfit Arc Activity & HR Fitness – Ashlee Lagimodiere
  11. Maloway & Eliason Ins. Queen Size Comforter Set – Phil Dao
  12. MAHCP Frigidaire 1.7 Litre Digital Air Fryer – Matthew Jasper
  13. MAHCP Ecoxgear Refurb Slate Grey – Joelle Brown
  14. MAHCP Ecoxgear Refurb Slate Grey – Margret Thomas
  15. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Susana Hernandez
  16. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Alan Stern
  17. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Janelle Sylvester
  18. MAHCP AMAZON Firestick TV Streaming Device – Colette Klym
  19. MAHCP Frigidaire Retro Style Popcorn – Hazel Abril
  20. MAHCP Cuisinart Compact Air Fryer Oven – Wayne Chacun
  21. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Michael David
  22. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Jill Woods
  23. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Jena Teopaco
  24. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Sharleen Barker
  25. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Tracy Furst
  26. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Master Card – Linda Gray
  27. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Kim Rempel
  28. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Bill Gibb
  29. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Sherri Pinkerton
  30. MAHCP $100.00 Pre-paid Visa Card – Fawn Bouskill
  31. MAHCP Soundstage Bluetooth 5.0 True – Shayleen Goretzki
  32. MAHCP Hisense 32” 720P Roku LED TV – Dustin Czmola
  33. MAHCP Soundstage Bluetooth/Active-Noise – Bernard Cox
  34. MAHCP Klipsch Soundbar & Wireless Sub – Jaime Pfeiffer
  35. MAHCP Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cordless Vacuum – Shannon Bittner
  36. MAHCP Dyson V7 Motorhead Origin Cordless Vacuum – Maria Gabriel
  37. MAHCP Hisense 50” 4K UHD Android Smart LED TV – Barbara Kenton
  38. MAHCP Hisense 50” 4K UHD Android Smart LED TV – Christopher Dupont

Join us in celebrating RT Week, Oct. 24-30, 2020!

The importance of Respiratory Therapists has been highlighted in Manitoba this week, which is actually Respiratory Therapy Week across Canada.

At MAHCP, we salute our members in this field, thank you for your dedication!

The Canadian Society of Respiratory Therapists proclaims the last week in October as Respiratory Therapy Week in Canada, to celebrate the respiratory therapy profession and the outstanding dedication and passion of RTs.

For more information on RTs, please see click here.

 

MAHCP hosting virtual AGM on Oct. 29, 2020

Join us for the inaugural MAHCP virtual AGM, taking place the evening of Thursday, Oct. 29, 2020.

We are proud to be celebrating 50 years of service and have a full agenda, including updates on union business and some great door prizes.

To register, please visit www.MAHCPevents.ca

Important Note: All members are eligible to attend the meeting. However, to vote you must have a signed membership card. If you are not sure if you have one on file, or need to get one, please contact: info@mahcp.ca or call 1.800.315.3331

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 OTs in Manitoba, Canada and around the globe!

Please visit the CAOT  and MSOT websites for more information.

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