The COVID-19 pandemic became real for Sheena, an RPN in Thunder Bay, when her coworkers was forced into isolation for 14 days. The hospital refused to pay for the cost of the hotel so Sheena decided she had to do something.
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.