Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals

Joint MAHCP-MNU Statement and President’s Update

Dear MAHCP members,

It’s been another trying week as the COVID-19 pandemic hits home here in Manitoba.

I want to share with you the joint statement issued today by MAHCP and the Manitoba Nurses Union.

We felt this statement was necessary in response to a truly insulting letter we received yesterday from Health Minister Cameron Friesen. Please click here to read it.

I suspect the Premier shares Minister Friesen’s sentiments. When asked today at a press conference why health care workers on mandated self-isolation are being asked to use their own sick time and vacation time, the Premier called your benefits “generous” and said “this isn’t the time for unions to try to advocate for additional non-existing benefits.”

We disagree.

There is no more important time than now to be fighting for the protections and supports you deserve, and we will continue to do so.

Please stay safe and let us know how we can help.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

 

Take Action and Make Your Voice Heard!

 

MAHCP members,

The COVID-19 pandemic is ramping up as expected in Manitoba. All MAHCP members are under incredible stress right now, and we know the situation will get worse before it gets better. I want to thank you for your commitment to keeping yourselves, your patients and your colleagues safe in this difficult time.

We are now seeing confirmed cases of community transmission in Manitoba, and we’re beginning to see front-line health care staff, including a small number of MAHCP members, testing positive for COVID-19. This isn’t cause for panic. We know health care professionals are at greater risk, and that’s why we’ve been fighting hard on your behalf for the Employer and the Manitoba Government to step up and make sure you’re protected and supported. Unfortunately, they don’t seem to be listening.

MAHCP has called on the Manitoba Government to provide paid leave for members who have to miss work because they have to self-isolate or have unavoidable child care issues. For those who contract COVID-19, we’ve called on Government to provide presumptive WCB coverage – you’re at risk because of the work you do, so they should assume you contracted the virus at work unless proven otherwise.

We’re asking MAHCP members to add your voice to these demands by emailing the Premier and Minister of Health at premier@leg.gov.mb.ca and minhsal@leg.gov.mb.ca with this email content, or you can write your own email and share your concerns and calls for action.

If you want to go one step further, you can write or call your MLA:

Step 1) Identify your MLA by typing in your home address at this website.

Step 2) Look up your MLA alphabetically by last name here for their email address and/or phone number.

The more members they hear from, the more they will have to listen to us. Meanwhile, we will continue pushing for these and other measures, including adequate Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), to make sure you’re properly protected and supported.

As always, please stay safe and let us know if you have any questions or concerns by contacting your Labour Relations Officer or info@mahcp.ca.

 

In solidarity,

 

Bob Moroz, MAHCP President

WCB and COVID-19 update from MAHCP President

The possibility of exposure to COVID-19 at work is a serious matter. Your safety while on the job has been a top priority for MAHCP since the first hint of this crisis.

We remain focused on making sure Employers provide appropriate Personal Protective Equipment and follow other public health protocols to provide the highest level of safety for our members.

In the event you are exposed, or if you believe you may have been exposed to COVID-19 at work, you should inform your supervisor immediately in writing and document the suspected exposure. If you then test positive for COVID-19, you should file a WCB claim immediately. If exposure happens at work, it is MAHCP’s firm position that COVID-19 should be covered by WCB, just like any other safety issue. It is the Employer’s responsibility to keep you safe on the job. Once a claim is made, WCB will investigate the details in order to determine coverage, which is why proper reporting and documentation is so important.

The Manitoba Federation of Labour has called for presumptive workers compensation coverage for ALL Manitoba workers who are exposed to COVID-19 on the job. Presumptive coverage means that you would be “presumed” to have contracted the virus at work and would be covered by WCB unless proven otherwise.

MAHCP supports MFL’s position on presumptive coverage and I will be writing to WCB to make our position clear. You can also add your voice by writing to the Premier on this issue through the MFL’s action website.

Please feel free to contact your Labour Relations Officer if you have any questions, and please stay safe, on the job and at home.

 

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

MOA on Lab Redeployment to Cadham

As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Laboratory professionals are on the front line of keeping Manitobans safe from this growing threat.

We are now seeing the media and public take a greater interest in the life-saving work you do every day.  I will continue to do my part to make sure people understand the critical role you serve in health care, and not just during a pandemic.  We recognize that these are extraordinary times, and some Laboratory professionals are already being called upon to serve where you’re needed most during this crisis.

I am writing to MAHCP Laboratory members across the province to advise that MAHCP has signed an additional MOA – Redeployment of Staff Between the SHEO and CPL Relating to COVID-19.  This MOA is specific to redeployment of Laboratory staff in order to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation evolves in Manitoba and the need for testing grows.  Please be advised that the attached MOA is now in effect.

This new MOA is nearly identical in language and intent to the MOA signed previously between all health-care unions and Regions regarding redeployment of staff between Employer organizations.  However, that previous MOA did not cover redeployment to Cadham Provincial Laboratory as it is operated directly by the Government of Manitoba, so an additional MOA was required.

I would like to remind everyone that MOAs are commonplace in preparation for events such as natural disasters and pandemics.  The MOA ensures that your rights are protected and that any member who is temporarily transferred to Cadham will receive additional compensation to cover costs related to travel, meals and hotel accommodations as needed.  It is important to note that the MOA ensures the terms of your current collective bargaining agreement will continue to apply if you are redeployed, and you will continue to be represented by MAHCP.

If you have any questions regarding the terms of this MOA or transferring to Cadham, please contact your Labour Relations Officer or email info@mahcp.ca.

On behalf of MAHCP, thank you again for the work you do every day to keep Manitobans safe and healthy, especially during this difficult time.  I know all Allied Health Professionals have concerns of your own right now, and yet you continue to do whatever you can to serve.  All MAHCP members are heroes in my book, and you deserve the gratitude of every single Manitoban.  Thank you.

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

MAHCP’s FAQ on COVID-19

1: A Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was recently signed by MAHCP, other health care unions and Employer representatives regarding the Employer’s need to redeploy staff in order to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation evolves in Manitoba. Why was an MOA necessary?

MOAs such as this are commonplace in preparation for events like natural disasters or pandemics and are intended to provide additional clarity, protections and compensation for our members. This MOA covers issues related to potential redeployment of staff that may be necessary to respond to COVID-19, and it does so in one easily accessible document. The MOA ensures that collective agreements are followed, sets out clear limits and processes for the Employer to follow and provides compensation for work disruption, travel, etc. where redeployment is necessary. The full MOA can be found here: https://mahcp.ca/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/MOA-Redeployment-of-Staff-COVID-19.pdf

 

2: I am an MAHCP member, but I work for a private agency/employer that is not included in the Regional bargaining certificate employer organization list. Does the MOA covering redeployment and transfer apply to me?

No, it does not. Your collective agreement terms and condition continue to apply, regardless of whether or not an emergency is declared. However, if you hold a concurrent EFT with a public health agency, the MOA could apply to you for that position.

 

3: I’m a casual employee. Can I be forced to temporarily transfer as part of the COVID-19 response?

If you are on duty on a casual shift, you can be mandated to transfer for the duration of that shift. It is MAHCP’s position that casual employees can’t be forced to accept additional shifts, but you can volunteer for those shifts or can volunteer to transfer as per article #1 of the MOA.

 

4: Will vacations be affected by the COVID-19 response?

If an emergency is declared, the Employer can cancel vacation and other leaves as per number 5 in the MOA. Prior to an emergency declaration, vacation can be amended by mutual agreement between the employee and employer.

 

5: Can the Employer cancel my approved maternity leave, parental leave or medical leave?

No, they can’t. These are protected under the Human Rights Code. Contact your Labour Relations Officer immediately if the Employer attempts to do so.

 

6: If I decide to proactively cancel travel plans, can my previously approved leave be cancelled?

This would need to be done in agreement with the Employer.

 

7: The Provincial government has suspended K-12 school beginning March 23 for three weeks and they are also closing licensed child-care centres beginning end of day Friday, December 20. What is being done about childcare?

Generally speaking, there is an onus on the employee to make reasonable attempts to obtain childcare. If adequate childcare arrangements can’t be made, your priority is your family. The Employer can require you to supply proof that you have made good-faith attempts, and that the need for your children’s care can’t be met in any other way other than for you to be at home with them.

The Manitoba Government has published the following advice: “Parents who will be providing front-line health care… and will not be able to find alternative child care while services are suspended are asked to contact 204-945-0776 or 1-888-213-4754 (toll-free).”

Even before Manitoba K-12 school closures were announced last week, MAHCP began pressing the Employer for their plan to deal with health care employees who have to take time off work due to self-quarantine or childcare issues related to COVID-19. The government has promised to create “dedicated child-care options for front-line and essential services staff who need them.” We are still waiting for the Employer to offer substantial supports and options. and will keep members apprised as soon as we know more.

 

8: Will my paycheque be affected if I can’t find childcare and must stay home?

At this point, in cases where you must stay home for childcare and you have no other Employer-based options, you may file an Employment Insurance claim. The Federal Government has waived the waiting period for EI. We continue to press the Employer to provide further options for employees in this situation and will keep you apprised of any developments.

 

9: What about sick time? Can that cover me if I take time off work to care for my child or a dependent family member?

At this point, you can only use Income Protection if your child or dependent is sick and you have family IP in your bank. Please follow your Collective Agreement, which includes provisions for when IP is exhausted.

 

10: What should I do if I’m not feeling well and have symptoms?

Canadian Public Health officials are urging those who are unwell and symptomatic to stay home. Please follow your normal guidelines on whom to inform for steps to follow, including the possible need for screening. Income Protection would need to be used to cover this time off. If you’ve exhausted your Income Protection, you may request to use other banked time. If that’s exhausted as well, you may consider EI, as the Canadian Government has waived the waiting period. Claims should be made to EI.

 

11: I believe I have been exposed, but I’m not symptomatic?

If you believe you have been exposed at work, you should inform your supervisor immediately and document exposure in case a WCB claim is needed. You may be required to fill out a Workers Compensation form with specifics. You may be told to go home and told to access Income Protection. If you’ve exhausted your IP, you may request to use other banked time. If that’s exhausted as well, you may consider EI, as the Canadian Government has waived the waiting period. Claims should be made to EI.

If you were exposed while away from your workplace, let the Employer know immediately. They should provide further instructions.

 

12: What if I am immunocompromised or can’t wear the recommended personal protective equipment (PPE)?

Notify the employer and your Labour Relations Officer immediately and request an accommodation, which may include reassignment to a different working environment. The Employer may require medical documentation. Your safety is the priority. If you can’t be accommodated you may be sent home and will need to access IP. If you do not have IP left you may ask the employer to use other banked time or seek to access EI, as the waiting period has been waived. Contact EI directly to make a claim.

 

13: I do not believe the employer has provided me with proper and safe PPE. What should I do?

Please be sure to report any shortages of PPE to your immediate supervisor and your Labour Relations Officer. If you reasonably believe the employer has not provided the necessary equipment or measures, such that your safety and health is at significant risk, you have the right to refuse unsafe work. Refer to the following link for the steps required: https://www.safemanitoba.com/topics/Pages/Right-to-Refuse.aspx.

 

14: I work in a community setting and perform in-home visits as part of my job duties. I’m concerned about my safety and that of my patients/clients. What should I do?

On Tuesday, March 17, the Manitoba government announced that Home Care staff will be provided scripts to identify risks before going into clients’ homes. We expect that our members will be given similar scripts.

If you have any questions or concerns, we encourage you to talk to your manager or immediate supervisor at your workplace. If you require further information or support, please feel free to contact your MAHCP Labour Relations Officer or email info@mahcp.ca

MOA on Health Care Staff Redeployment Reached

Late last week, a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) was reached among MAHCP, other health care unions and Employer representatives regarding the Employer’s need to redeploy staff in order to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation evolves in Manitoba. Please be advised that the MOA Redeployment of Staff COVID-19 is now in effect.

MOAs are commonplace in preparation for events such as natural disasters and pandemics. MAHCP worked closely with other health care unions to ensure that your rights are protected and that any member who is temporarily transferred within or between facilities and/or employer organizations will receive additional compensation to cover costs related to travel, meals and hotel accommodations as needed.

It is important to note that the MOA ensures the terms of your current collective bargaining agreement will continue to apply if you are redeployed.

Please take the time to read and familiarize yourself with the MOA, and be sure to contact your Labour Relations Officer with any questions or concerns.

MAHCP is not aware of any immediate plans for large-scale redeployment of staff, however we know the situation is evolving rapidly and may already be affecting some members.

This is a challenging time. Our members are concerned, and not only for your own welfare and that of your patients or clients.

You’re also dealing with planned school closures, child and elder care issues, grocery shortages and a general sense of unease, at times verging on panic in the populace at large.

We work in health care and are accustomed to keeping a level head in stressful situations, but current challenges can seem overwhelming. Please know that MAHCP is here to support you.

 

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

MAHCP postpones Member Outreach meetings/events

Out of an abundance of caution, MAHCP is postponing all general member meetings and events until further notice, including meetings scheduled next week in Brandon, Neepawa, Dauphin, Swan River, Russell and Virden, as well as meetings at Mt. Carmel Clinic (March 31) and Health Sciences Centre CanadInns (April 9).

Please note that all previously scheduled labour relations meetings will proceed as planned unless otherwise notified.

Given the size and location of venues for general meetings – including those onsite in health care facilities – social distancing and other public health protocols are not fully practicable and meetings could put members and patients at unnecessary risk.

However, I remain eager to meet you in person if we haven’t met already, so we will be rescheduling all general member meetings as soon as possible.

In the meantime, we know you have questions and concerns and we want to hear from you. Please continue to contact your Labour Relations Officer regarding any workplace issues.

For questions about bargaining, governance matters, MAHCP policies, etc., please feel free to email me directly at bobm@mahcp.ca or send general questions to info@mahcp.ca

In solidarity,

Bob Moroz

MAHCP President

MAHCP announces Western Tour March 17-20, 2020

MAHCP will be heading to Western Manitoba from March 17 to 20, 2020, for meetings in Brandon, Neepawa, Dauphin, Swan River, Russell and Virden!

This is an opportunity for members in these communities and surrounding areas to learn more about your new union and meet MAHCP President Bob Moroz, Vice President Tanya Burnside, Labour Relations Officer Cory Szczepanski and Tim Smith, Executive Liaison.

Here’s the list of events:

  • Tuesday, March 17, in Brandon
    EMS Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
    Victoria Inn, Private Dining Room

    General Membership Meeting
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Victoria Inn, Private Dining Room

  • Wednesday, March 18, in Neepawa
    General Membership Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Neepawa Health Centre Boardroom
  • Wednesday, March 18, in Dauphin
    General Membership Meeting
    4 p.m. to 6 p.m.
    Dauphin, Pizza Hut

    EMS Meeting

    6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Dauphin, Pizza Hut
  • Thursday March 19, in Swan River
    General Membership Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Swan Valley Health Centre, Therapies Room
  • Thursday, March 19, in Russell
    General Membership Meeting
    4 p.m. to 8 p.m.
    Russell Inn, Asessippi Room
  • Friday, March 20, in Virden
    General Membership Meeting
    11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
    Virden Health Centre, Boardroom

Food and refreshments will be provided at each of the meetings.

More meetings will be scheduled across the province, so stay tuned to our social media (Facebook, Twitter and Instagram) and check our website calendar, as it is updated often.

Please RSVP for any of the above events that you can attend by emailing info@mahcp.ca or calling 204-772-0425 or toll free 1-800-315-3331.

And please help spread the word to your MAHCP colleagues!

We don’t have contact info for most new members, so if they didn’t receive this email, please encourage them to provide their personal email address by emailing info@mahcp.ca or by filling out this web form.

We look forward to meeting you!

Your MAHCP Team

March 2020 Newsletter

The March 2020 edition of the MAHCP Newsletter is now available and includes information on bargaining, an MAHCP member’s trip to Tanzania with Rad-Aid, the expansion of our Discounts Program and much more…

MAHCP President, Vice touring Northern Manitoba Feb. 10-15, 2020

MAHCP President Bob Moroz and Vice President Tanya Burnside will be heading to Northern Manitoba for the 2020 Trappers’ Festival in The Pas and visits in more communities that week.

“We’re absolutely delighted to meet with our members to discuss the issues that currently they’re facing,” said Moroz, adding that the changes to our health care system over the past couple years has impacted the north greatly.

“If you’re in the area and would like to attend any one of these meetings, you are more than welcome to do so! We’d like to see as many members as possible.”

During these meetings, President Moroz and Vice President Burnside will be available to answer members’ questions about all kinds of issues, including bargaining.

Their first stop is in Thompson on Monday, Feb. 10 for a drop-in MAHCP members meeting at the Steelworkers Hall from 3:30 to 6 p.m.

The second stop is Tuesday, Feb. 11, in Flin Flon for a meeting at the Victoria Inn’s Flinty Room, from 4 to 7 p.m. There will be food and refreshments at the Thompson and Flin Flon meetings.

The Trappers’ Fest kicks off in The Pas on Wednesday, Feb. 12, and we’re aiming to have a big contingent on hand for the Torchlight Parade, so please join us at our decorated MAHCP truck in the Royal Canadian Legion parking lot at 4:30 p.m. Judging will take place at 5 p.m. and the Parade begins to leave the Legion at 6 p.m.

President Moroz and Vice President Burnside will also be hosting an Open House for MAHCP members in The Pas and the surrounding areas on Thursday, Feb. 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Good Thymes Restaurant. Food and refreshments will be provided.

All of our events are listed in the calendar on the www.mahcp.ca home page.

Please e-mail info@mahcp.ca if you have any questions about the tour or if you are in the area and would like to schedule a meeting during the Tour.

MAHCP welcomes Katrina Zado to our LRO team

MAHCP is proud to welcome our newest Labour Relations Officer Katrina Zado.

Katrina graduated from the University of Winnipeg in 2014, with a Human Resources Management diploma.

Her most recent role had her working in the finance sector, as a People & Culture Specialist, for four years.

Katrina has worked in many facets of Human Resources, spending most of her career in the following areas: Employee Relations, Recruitment and Selection, and Learning and Development.

She enjoys spending time with her family and watching football. Her favorite NFL team is the Chicago Bears.

Katrina says she’s definitely a cat person. She has two cats, one of which is the size of a small- to medium-sized dog, about 30 lbs.!

Major construction project to affect MAHCP office access

The City of Winnipeg is replacing the Dublin Avenue Bridge over Omand’s Creek, which means the full closure of eastbound and westbound Dublin Avenue, therefore affecting access to the MAHCP office from the west.

How long will this major project take?

This construction project began this month of January and is expected to continue until its completion in May of 2020.

What does this mean for MAHCP?

This means that the main access point for the MAHCP office for the next five months will be Notre Dame Avenue, as Dublin Avenue will be closed.

For our members coming to us from west Winnipeg and northwest Winnipeg, we suggest taking St. James Street and turning east on Bangor Avenue to Notre Dame Avenue.

The City of Winnipeg has a website that will provide updates on the construction project: www.winnipeg.ca/dublin

Please email info@mahcp.ca if you have any further questions. Thanks!