SEIU Healthcare and CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions are launching nursing week with an urgent please of support for registered practical nurses (RPNs). The two unions released polling and survey data showing trauma and turmoil experienced by RPNs on the frontline of our healthcare system.
The pandemic has highlighted how the significant gaps in our society affect those who were already marginalized. Although women have come so far, COVID-19 has pushed back some of the progress that has been made over the years. More women are being laid off, forced to take time off work to care for their loved ones, and on top of…
When school reopened in September, it was no surprise that the number of children getting tested for COVID-19 would increase. Although some children opted for online learning, about 70 percent of students returned for in-class learning. Today, education facilities including schools and daycares, are the third leading setting for COVID-19 outbreaks.
Mike Wheeler has been in the healthcare industry for the past 16 years, in both the hospital and long-term care sector. He works at the Lennox and Addington Hospital in the maintenance department. He shares how only some colleagues in the same department with the same classification received the pandemic pay, and the rest were excluded.
SEIU recently profiled a member from our region 1, who is a rehabilitation assistant who works at Thunder Bay Regional Hospital, Krista Henson. She talks about the important role rehabilitation assistants play in the health system and how the government is making uneducated decisions that are greatly impacting hospitals.
Erin Smith-Silk is an animal attendant at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre in the Comparative Research department. In Erin’s small department, pandemic pay became the elephant in the room, as only some workers received the temporary wage increase. She shares how the government’s decisions have greatly affected her workplace and the hospital sector.
Cara Thompson has been a Pharmacy Technician for the passed 21 years. She dives into the significant and diverse roles the pharmacy department plays in our health system and community. Cara also shares how frustrated she was when the pharmacy department was never added to the pandemic pay lists released.