Union stewards in a Victoria hospital notice high rate of injuries among cardiac sonographers. A joint union-employer committee is looking to address the problem.
"We all need to do a good job taking care of ourselves, but that's not possible if employers aren't supportive. And while there is a growing recognition of the importance of mental health in the workplace, we still have a long way to go to establish practices to sustain mental health." — Val Avery, President Health Sciences Association of British Columbia
"HSAA is its members and your leadership remains committed to ensuring that your concerns about your working conditions are addressed on a daily basis," said Elisabeth Ballermann, President HSAA.
There have been 400 incidents of violence against workers at CAMH this year. It is time for the CEO, directors, and managers of a hospital be held accountable for workers' safety.
Health professionals from across the country meet to coordinate efforts to campaign for a progressive health care agenda for Canada.
Scheduling issues, reduced vacation and benefits, and other financial concessions are areas of major contention for MGEU/NUPGE members.
“It is apparent that these acts of violence are not simply isolated incidents, but are part of a troubling and growing trend in workplaces across the province" — Carol Furlong, President of Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE).
While the closure of a company planning private plasma clinics in Ontario is a victory, more needs to be done to keep them from opening up elsewhere in Canada.
“While we are disappointed he did not accept our potential remedy, his ruling leaves open the opportunity that constitutional rights will be respected in his final arbitration decision.” — Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
“These systems always promise to provide faster health care service. But the reality is longer wait times for patients, more cost, and little or no benefit for most Canadians,” said Dr. Monika Dutt, Chair of Canadian Doctors for Medicare.