“Any strategy for youth that doesn't engage youth in the planning process will fail. It's critical that they're involved from step one.” ― Larry Brown, NUPGE President
Québec City – August 12, 2019 – UFCW 501 members working as coach drivers at Calèches Québec have returned to work after ratifying a new contract reached before a conciliator.
Canadian Blood Services has taken a step forward by committing to 3 new plasma collection centres. Unfortunately, Health Canada is still supporting the expansion of paid plasma collection in Canada by a private company. The next step is federal legislation banning paid plasma. — Larry Brown, NUPGE President
August 10, 2019 – Manitobans will be going to go to the polls on September 10th to decide who will govern their province.
NUPGE is urging all Canadians to write, call, and email federal leaders and ask them to commit both to the debate and including a National Action Plan on violence against women in their platforms.
A recent Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) blog post explains why P3 privatization schemes are still being approved. Using a graph from a report by the United Kingdom National Audit Office (NAO) on P3 privatization schemes, the post shows why politicians who only think in the short-term, like P3s.
Chilliwack, B.C.— August 9, 2019 – Kourtney Trill is one of eighteen winners of the UFCW Canada – BDM Scholarship.
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!
“Whether it’s at the bargaining table, in the workplace, or on the doorsteps of the Conservative MPPs trying to slash our services, we’ll always stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our newest members at Legal Aid Ontario.” — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
Vancouver – August 8, 2019 —Pride filled the streets of Vancouver on August 3, as activists from UFCW Canada Local 247 and from UFCW Canada Local 1518 paraded with thousands of other participants in a colourful and electric delegation down the packed West End parade route.
Congratulations to members of the B.C. public service on their recent negotiations.
A Unifor Social Justice Fund donation of $200,000 is supporting Doctors Without Borders, or Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), deliver lifesaving medical treatment in four priority areas.
“MSF is providing front-line care to vulnerable populations in zones of conflict and/or humanitarian crisis,” said Unifor National President Jerry Dias. “The contribution by the Unifor Social Justice Fund will bring direct aid to patients in Yemen, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Bangladesh and Venezuela.”
In Yemen, Unifor’s support is helping MSF reduce deaths due to conflict in the Abs and Haijjah city districts and surrounding areas. Away from the bullets and bombs at the frontlines, MSF staff deal with the secondary implications of the war as they operate mobile clinics to provide consultations, vaccinations, and referral to the MSF-supported hospital in Abs. In addition, the teams provide mental health activities to children and water to refugee camps.
Photo ©Al Hareth Al Magaleh/ MSF
“The Unifor Social Justice Fund's support helps MSF provide life-saving medical care to people in need. Thanks to donations like yours, we can deliver independent medical aid and save lives,” said Flavia Tenenbaum, Fundraising Director, MSF Canada. “We are so grateful for your compassion and commitment to MSF.”
With the Social Justice Fund’s support, MSF is continuing ongoing medical care in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). Medical teams deal with a wide range of health needs in addition to conducting malnutrition, malaria and measles campaigns. In the first five months of 2019, more than 1,500 measles-related deaths were recorded in what is likely to be the deadliest epidemic since the disease made a strong resurgence in the country in 2011. So far this year, MSF has vaccinated 361,079 children and provided medical care for 14,785 patients.
Photo ©Pablo Garrigos/MSF, MSF nurses prepare vaccines against measles at the health center of Lungonzo, Kamwesha health zone (Kasai).
In addition to relentlessly fighting the measles epidemic, MSF personnel are treating patients displaced by violence in the Moyen Plateau and nearby Haut Plateau, with over half of those seen presenting with malaria.
MSF is also tackling malaria in Venezuela, where there has been a significant increase in cases due to the decline in the country’s health system following years of economic and political crisis. The Social Justice Fund donation will support expansion of MSF work encompassing treatment for physical wounds incurred during ongoing social unrest, including emergency surgery, in addition to psychosocial intervention and health promotion.
Photo ©Esteban Montaño/MSF
“Médecins Sans Frontières core values include independence and neutrality and this impartiality allows its teams to deploy quickly to where the medical need is greatest to provide free medical care to patients, regardless of citizenship, religion or political affiliation,” said Mohamad Alsadi, Unifor International Director. “It’s wonderful that the Unifor Social Justice Fund donation is able to support such diverse treatment and preventative measures by MSF around the globe.”
In Bangladesh’s Cox’s Bazar, MSF has stepped up to provide multiple services to Rohingya refugees living in crowded camps with limited access to medical care, including surgery. MSF programs also focus on inadequate provision of secondary healthcare, including comprehensive obstetric and neonatal care, pediatric services, treatment for non-communicable diseases, and chronic illnesses. Furthermore, support from the Social Justice Fund enables MSF to address critical gaps in health services provided to the refugees, including access to sexual and reproductive health services.
Photo © Nitin George/MSF, Gaziur Rahman is nurse supervisor of MSF at the Goyalmara Green Roof hospital in Cox’s Bazar, Bangladesh
For more information visit: https://www.doctorswithoutborders.ca/