CUPE 204, representing 14,000 well being care help staff within the Winnipeg Regional Well being Authority (WRHA) and Shared Well being, filed a grievance calling on the well being authorities to totally implement the contract which help workers agreed to in September 2022.
“The well being authorities and authorities are as soon as once more treating well being care help workers like they don’t matter,” says Debbie Boissonneault, President of CUPE 204. “It took years of exhausting bargaining to barter this contract with this authorities, and now they’re delaying implementation of essential enhancements for well being care help staff.”
Whereas the federal government was fast to mandate additional time for a lot of well being care help workers, it has taken greater than three months to supply the promised will increase to shift premiums, trip scheduling, and even espresso breaks for residence care staff: all of which have been touted as essential for recruiting and retaining frontline well being care staff.
“The well being authorities inform us that it takes time to make adjustments in human sources, however they appear to be completely in a position to make the adjustments that swimsuit administration, and never the frontline staff,” mentioned Boissonneault. “Frontline staff are telling us that they’re actually pissed off with this authorities’s remedy of the well being care help workers.”
The brand new contract was ratified on September 23, 2022, and contains enhancements for Manitoba residence care staff that would supply them with a espresso break. The well being authorities are utilizing their whole 120 days post-ratification to implement one thing so simple as a espresso break.
“Both the federal government is unable to handle easy human sources adjustments, or they’re so set towards enhancements for frontline staff that they’re dragging their heels to the final minute,” says Boissonneault. “Both means, Manitoba’s frontline well being care staff deserve higher.”
The brand new contract for well being care help staff is in impact from 2017 – 2024 and took years to barter attributable to authorities restructuring of the well being care system, closure of emergency rooms, and the federal government’s tried wage freeze for frontline well being care staff.
CUPE 204 represents help workers within the WRHA and Shared Well being, together with well being care aides, residence care staff, dietary and diet workers, laundry, upkeep, safety guards, clerks, and extra in hospitals and care houses throughout Winnipeg and a few rural communities.