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.
Karl Penney has dedicated 35 years to providing happiness and nourishment through his passion for cooking. For the first 30 years, he served in the Canadian Royal Navy as a Drill Sargent and cook. For the past five years, he has been preparing meals for the residents at Chartwell Empress Kanata.
Nancy Matthews has worked Headwaters Health Care Centre in Orangeville for the past 25 years, most of which as a housekeeper. As the COVID-19 numbers continue to rise and the number of hospital outbreaks continues to grow, Nancy reflects on the harsh memories from the early days of the pandemic.