After a long and difficult round of negotiations, a tentative agreement has been reached with Canadian Blood Services that contains wage increases and improved contract language.
The Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS) is a national advocacy body that represents 100,000 unionized health professionals who deliver the diagnostic, clinical, rehabilitation and preventative services that are essential to timely and quality health care.
Some of the highly trained professionals represented by CHPS include medical laboratory technologists, physiotherapists, social workers, pharmacists, occupational therapists, dieticians and psychologists. These professionals work in hospitals, long-term care facilities, mental health services, laboratories, home care services and public health agencies.
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"In spite of months of public complaints about the risks to Long Term Care residents from severe understaffing, and a critical report from the Provincial Ombudsman, which called on health regions to do more, it appears that the health regions are ignoring these public concerns and recommendations.” — Karen Wasylenko, President HSAS
“Our hospitals cannot withstand further cuts and what has been cut already should be restored. The Liberal government should bring equality back to health care.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Despite the best efforts by the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations to force an agreement on many of the province's health professionals, the members of Health Sciences Association of Saskatchewan (SAHO) have soundly rejected the final offer.
MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky says that in rural areas of Manitoba, paramedics are dangerously overworked.
Ontario's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) is charged with operating an unsafe workplace for an incident in 2014 that left two nurses severely hurt.
Toronto (7 May 2015) — As Ontario's Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) faces charges for operating an unsafe workplace, OPSEU/NUPGE President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says the world-renowned institution must redouble its efforts to guarantee a safe work environment for patients and staff alike.
“When it comes right down to it, we’re talking here about sick kids,” says NUPGE National President James Clancy. “How can we not do whatever we can to help them?"
Ottawa (6 May 2015) — It’s already been well established that our health care system is failing those suffering mental illness, but a new report from Ontario provides a terrible reminder of just how inadequate the system is.
A new report by the Public Services Foundation of Canada shows that our provincial jails are chronically overcrowded, with terrible consequences for all of us
"There were 782 calls for help ... [when no ambulances were available], 225 of which were considered high priority," says NAPE President Elect Jerry Earle. "These numbers are truly frightening.”
St. John's (28 April 2015) — The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) is voicing its concerns about increases in "red alerts" on the Northeast Avalon.
"I thank Minister Lake for taking up my call to action and inviting a wide range of health care workers, management and specialists to exchange frank ideas about the scope of the problem, and pathways to prevention." — Val Avery, HSABC President