Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

MAHCP Wins Big in the Professional, Technical, Paramedical Sector

Winnipeg — The choice for Allied Health Care Professionals is clear: the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP) has been selected to represent the Professional, Technical, Paramedical (PTP) Sector in the new Shared Health and WRHA PTP Bargaining Units.

On behalf of MAHCP, President Bob Moroz wishes to thank everyone who supported us throughout the course of this campaign.

“We couldn’t have achieved this significant victory without the support of our members, our volunteers, our staff and all those Allied Health Care Professionals who voted for MAHCP,” said Moroz.

“Those who cast their votes for MAHCP wanted to be part of a union with a clear focus on Allied Health, a union with the expertise to fight for them. MAHCP has further solidified its reputation as the leader in member services and bargaining for our sector. We are One Strong Voice for Allied Health.”

The health care representation votes, mandated by the Pallister government, were held August 8 to 22, 2019, while the campaign period took place July 11 to August 7, 2019.

Over the next several weeks, MAHCP will be completing the transition of new members and preparing to get back to the bargaining table with the Manitoba Government.

MAHCP President Bob Moroz is available for interviews.  Media inquiries can be directed to Bernice Pontanilla, MAHCP Communications Officer, at bernice@mahcp.ca or 204-290-5829.

Visit mahcp.ca and onestrongvoice.ca for more information on our union and our successful campaign.

Your Vote Matters

Voting starts at noon today, and more and more we’re hearing that the choice for Professional, Technical and Paramedical Health Care Employees is clear. They’re voting MAHCP because Allied Health is our sole focus, and we are the leaders in member service and bargaining for our sector. For 50 years, MAHCP has been the voice of Allied Health in Manitoba.

They know that with MAHCP, you get:

Specialized expertise and better deals at the bargaining table

Better support in your workplace

A voice in your union

Leadership on issues important to Allied Health members and our patients

I talk to MAHCP members every day. Many are concerned about losing their voice in a big, bureaucratic union that doesn’t understand Allied Health. They’re worried about losing the specialized support they receive with MAHCP, and the gains we’ve made at the bargaining table.

We’ve also heard from members of other unions who are excited to join MAHCP because they know our reputation as the leader in member service and bargaining for our sector. They want to be part of a union with a clear focus on Allied Health, a union with the expertise to fight for them.

If you haven’t received your PIN and voting information in the mail, please contact the Voter Help Desk at 1-888-281-8683 ASAP. If they can’t help you, please let us know and we will step in. We want everyone to have a chance to vote.

If you already have your PIN, you can vote starting at noon today at www.hsu.isivote.com or by phone at 1-888-359-2301 (English) or 1-888-359-2302 (French).

MAHCP is proud to be the clear choice of Allied Health Professionals, and we are proud to serve our members.

With MAHCP, your voice matters, your vote matters. Vote MAHCP today!

In Solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

MAHCP – Better vacation language

 

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

There’s a major difference between MAHCP and our competitors when it comes to vacation language: MAHCP has bargained language in days, not blocks. You earn your vacation in days, you take them in days.

Plus, as an MAHCP member, you keep every dime of your wages after regular dues are paid, even if you are deemed “essential services” during a strike. At our main competitor union, if their members are deemed essential in a strike, they have to give 30% of their wages to the strike fund – that’s not fair.

Here’s an example of another major difference: since MAHCP has a direct-service model, you don’t need to deal with a resource centre that will simply re-direct your calls. In fact, this begs the question, if our competitors have so many resources, why does it take them two to four years to resolve grievances?

This is the last couple days of site visits before the two-week voting period starts on August 8. MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please stop by if you can!

 

Tuesday, August 6

– Nine Circles Community Health Centre, Boardroom 2, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre Ellice, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Portage District General Hospital, PDGH Classroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Arborg & District Health Centre, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Kin Place Primary Health Centre – Oak Bank, Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Portage, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Johnson Memorial Hospital in Gimli, Hospital Multipurpose Room A, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, August 7

– Access Transcona, Meeting Room 163, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

-Rehabilitation Centre for Children, Boardroom Second Floor, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Stonewall & District Health Centre, Multipurpose Room A, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Flin Flon General Hospital, Boardroom (4 Flr), 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Primary Care Flin Flon (including EMS), Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Cranberry EMS, Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Public Meeting RM 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

MAHCP welcomes new LRO Cory Szczepanski

MAHCP is pleased to announce that Cory Szczepanski has joined our team as a Labour Relations Officer.

Cory is an experienced LRO, with 15 years in labour relations, who most recently worked with COPE in Saskatchewan. He’s also a three-term local president with the United Steelworkers.

A graduate of the Canadian Labour College in 2012, Cory has spent the last three years in Saskatchewan fighting a government-mandated bargaining scheme and standing up for public sector workers across the province in the battle to stop the privatization of Crown corporations.

However, his roots are in Manitoba: Cory has run for office in the Westman region and is a former president of the Brandon and District Labour Council.

MAHCP considers Cory’s vast labour relations knowledge to be an asset and we’re appreciative that he’s come on board in a time of upheaval in health care.

Cory has three beautiful children under the age of 10, and loves hunting and fishing in the great outdoors.

Join us for MAHCP’s ‘Get Out the Vote’ party!

The campaign period is quickly wrapping up, with voting set to start at 12 p.m. next Thursday, August 8. So many of our members have given freely of their time and energy to make our campaign a success. We want to keep up that momentum, and we want to thank you and all the volunteers who have made this campaign happen!

Please join us for MAHCP’s “Get Out the Vote and Volunteer Appreciation” event (poster attached):

When: Wednesday, August 7, 4 p.m. – 7 p.m. – drop in when you can!

What: Fired Up Pizza Truck, Snacks and Refreshment

Where: MAHCP Office, 101-1500 Notre Dame Ave. (outside, weather permitting)

Why: Thanking our members and volunteers for your support!

Please RSVP by this Friday, August 2, to info@mahcp.ca 

For those members not in Winnipeg, we look forward to seeing you soon.

Thank you all for your support.

 

Your MAHCP Team

 

 

MAHCP – Grievances resolved quicker

 

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

We have a proven track record when it comes to fighting for our members at arbitration and we created the Grievance Investigation Process (GIP), a quicker and more efficient way to resolve grievances.

With the help of our in-house legal counsel, we’ve notched recent wins in arbitration cases involving wrongful terminations, overpayments, denial of union leave, unauthorized pay deductions and many more. Our legal counsel has taken arbitrations all the way to the Supreme Court of Canada – and won for our members.

For GIP cases, MAHCP members are not forced to have their grievances vetted through a committee in order for them to be brought forward. YOU deal directly with YOUR LRO.

This week, MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please swing by if you can!

 

Monday, July 29

– St. Boniface Hospital, Main Floor Atrium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Deer Lodge Centre, Auditorium on Main Floor, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Oak Lake EMS, Station meeting space, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Swan River Community Health, Swan Valley HC Boardroom #1, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Virden Health Centre/Virden Health Unit, Virden Health Unit Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Tuesday, July 30

– Misericordia Health Centre, MHC Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon NR Lecture Theatre, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Wednesday, July 31

– HSC, across from the Tunnel Cafe, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. OR HSC Chown Conference Room FE019 below the Community Services Building (accessible by tunnel), 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Victoria General Hospital, Outside Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Klinic Community Health Centre, Room B10, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Community Health & Social Services Centre, 755 Portage Ave. RM 110, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre 165 St. Mary’s Rd, Lower Level Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Boundary Trails Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Thursday, August 1

– Seven Oaks Hospital, Lower Level across from elevators, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Pan Am Clinic, Main floor hallway, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Ile Des Chenes, Ems Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Snow Lake EMS, Meeting Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Beausejour Health Centre, Multipurpose RM Side A, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Snow Lake Health Centre, Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

 

Friday, August 2

– Manitoba Adolescent Treatment Centre 228 Maryland, Lower Level Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Ste. Anne Hospital, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Kinosota Trails – Sandy Bay, EMS Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– St. Anthony’s General Hospital in The Pas, 1st Floor Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Gladstone Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– The Pas EMS, Training Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– EMS Oak Bluff, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

MAHCP – Bargaining Experts

 

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

We are the recognized leader in negotiating contracts for our sector, and we have the same dues as all other health care unions. In fact, other unions had to lower their dues to match MAHCP’s.

When it comes to collective agreements, other unions have “Me-Too” clauses for achievements that MAHCP successfully bargained for our members. Other unions have followed in OUR footsteps, meaning that we’re the bargaining experts for our sector.

MAHCP’s union dues is 1.25% of gross and our Constitution states: only by a 2/3 vote of the Membership during a General Meeting can dues be altered. Our meetings are open to ALL members, not delegates-only. Other unions’ general meetings are delegate-only and have an automatic trigger to raise union dues.

This week, MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please pop by if you can!

Monday, July 22

– Point Douglas Community Centre, St. Johns Leisure Centre, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Access Fort Garry, Room 160, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Portage, EMS Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Flin Flon General Hospital, Boardroom (4 Flr), 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Ste. Anne Hospital, Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Portage District General Hospital, PDGH Classroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 23

– EMS Oak Bluff, EMS Station, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– The Pas EMS, Training Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– EMS Kinosota Trails, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– St. Anthony’s General Hospital in The Pas, 1st Floor Conference Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 24

– Access Downtown, Main Floor Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Access St. Boniface/Centre de Sante, Room 378, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Gladstone Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Snow Lake Health Centre, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 25

– Grace Hospital, Access Centre Education Rm 209, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Crocus Room, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Dauphin Community Health Services, Cafeteria Conference Room, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 26

– Concordia Hospital, Outside Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Riverview Health Centre, Thomas Sill Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– TriLake Health Centre & Bayside PCH in Killarney, Multipurpose Boardroom – MPR Room, TriLake Centre, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Actionmarguerite Foyer Valade, Grey Nuns Boardroom

Physiotherapy Director candidates’ bios now available

We have two MAHCP members running for the office of Physiotherapy Director.

This election, which is being conducted in accordance to Article 7 of the MAHCP Constitution and is aimed at physiotherapy members, takes place Sept. 9 to 15 via electronic voting.

The bios of the two candidates are available by clicking on their names below (listed alphabetically by last name):

The results of this election will be formally announced at our MAHCP AGM in October.

Thank you!

 

MAHCP – Our focus is health care

 

The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the best vote for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba!

Our only focus is Allied Health Care Professionals and we’re the only union with a direct-service model.

This means that MAHCP specializes in knowing YOU and your workplaces. We don’t try to be all things to all sectors, we just focus on YOU in the health care sector.

MAHCP members can contact their Labour Relations Officer (LRO) directly – that’s very different than other unions. Our members don’t have to rely on workplace colleagues to handle their grievances or workplace issues – you go straight to our paid professionals.

This week, MAHCP representatives will be at the following locations. Please stop by if you can!

Monday, July 15

– Boniface Hospital, Main Floor Atrium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Deer Lodge Centre, Auditorium on Main Floor, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Actionmarguerite St. Joseph’s, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Klinic, Room B10, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Dauphin Community Health Services, Cafeteria Conference Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Tuesday, July 16

– Brandon Regional Health Centre, Brandon NR Lecture Theatre, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Misericordia Health Centre, MHC Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Virden Health Centre/Virden Health Unit, Virden HC Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Oak Lake EMS, Station meeting space, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 17

– HSC, Planning Lab LA019, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– HSC, Chown Conference Room FE019 HSC Community Services Building, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Victoria General Hospital, Outside Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– TriLake Health Centre & Bayside PCH in Killarney, Multipurpose Boardroom – MPR Room, TriLake Centre, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Thursday, July 18

– Seven Oaks Hospital, Lower Level across from elevators, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
– Mount Carmel Clinic, Lower Level Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Beausejour Health Centre, Multipurpose RM Side A, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Johnson Memorial Hospital in Gimli, Hospital Multipurpose Room A, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Kin Place Primary Health Centre in Oak Bank, Multipurpose Room, 5 p.m. p.m. to 8 p.m.
– EMS Ile Des Chenes, EMS Station, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.
– Arborg & District Health Centre, Boardroom, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Friday, July 19

– Nor’West Co-op Community Health, Meeting Room 113, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Boundary Trails Health Centre, Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Pine Falls Hospital, Health Complex Multipurpose Room, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Selkirk Regional Health Centre, Public Meeting RM 3, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Thompson General Hospital, Multipurpose Room (BSMT of Admin Bldg), 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
– Stonewall & District Health Centre, Multipurpose Room A, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

One Strong Voice for Allied Health

Tomorrow, July 11, is the start of the four-week campaign period for health care representation votes that have been mandated by the Pallister government. Your vote is extremely important, as you will be choosing the union that will represent you at the bargaining table and in your workplace for the rest of your career.

For 50 years, the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals has been the voice of Professional, Technical and Paramedical health care employees in Manitoba. MAHCP will be one of several unions on your ballot, but we are the only union that is solely dedicated to Professional, Technical, Paramedical health care employees and we are by far the largest union representing our sector. MAHCP is the recognized leader in service and bargaining, and we think the choice is clear. We hope you take the time to research your options and make an informed decision.

Over the coming days, you will receive a package by mail where you’ll find more information on why MAHCP is the clear choice for our sector. Please contact us at any time for additional information, or to answer your questions: info@mahcp.ca.

We will also be visiting several sites every weekday over the four-week campaign period. This Thursday and Friday, we will be at the following sites (listed by site, room, time):

Thursday, July 11

  • Bethesda Regional Health Centre, Crocus Room, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Grace Hospital, Grace Hospital Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Eden Mental Health Centre, Evergreen Classroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Actionmarguerite Foyer Valade, Grey Nuns Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Friday, July 12

  • Concordia Hospital, Outside Cafeteria, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Riverview Health Centre, Thomas Sill Auditorium, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Actionmarguerite St. Vital, Boardroom, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
  • Neepawa District Memorial Hospital, Boardroom lower level, 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Please look for our email every Monday where we’ll announce site visits for that week. In the meantime, I welcome the opportunity to hear from you or answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to reach out to me at bobm@mahcp.ca.

The voting period is August 8 to 22. During that time, please vote for One Strong Voice for Professional, Technical, Paramedical experts in Manitoba. Vote MAHCP.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

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!

 

 

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