“We woke up Thursday morning to one of our members who has just died of COVID on the front line, and you want to talk to us about watering down what we consider already weak protections for the front line,” CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick said. “It’s a bit offensive.” Read the full article here.
A CUPE personal support worker has passed away from COVID-19 at the Madonna Care Community in Ottawa. “Despite the claims that there are adequate supplies on the front lines we are hearing directly that that is in fact not the case. People are still being denied access to masks. Not one more health care worker…
“Many of these jobs are paid at a rate that is absolutely not commensurate with the value that they give to our community” said CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn. “We think pandemic pay should not be a temporary thing. This should be a permanent measure where enhanced funding is permanently provided.” Watch the news video here.
It took a pandemic: Why systemic deficiencies in long-term care facilities pose such a danger to our seniors
“It’s clear that the lives of people who are living in these homes are completely and totally undervalued. My father died in a facility recently – and it is a sad state of affairs. This crisis is not new. We have to do a better job for the people who are spending their last days…
CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick said many of the conditions contributing to the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care and nursing homes existed long before the virus emerged. “People can be saddened by what’s happening here, but absolutely nobody who’s been paying attention can be surprised,” she said. Rennick has fought for several years to…
The Star: Temporary agency workers have long been a crutch for a care system in crisis, experts say. Now, they are exempt from new COVID-19 health directives
“We know there is a complete staffing crisis with respect to shortages and retention and recruitment. They are so reliant on this temporary agency contract work that they need to exempt them from a fundamental order to keep people safe.” – Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Click here to read the full article.
“Long-term care workers have been devalued & decisions have been dictated by greed—we need to end all profiteering in LTC facilities.” — CUPE Ontario Secretary Treasurer Candace Rennick Click here to listen to CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer Candace Rennick describe the impact of COVID-19 in long-term care.
Listen: Fred Hahn, President, CUPE Ontario talks about Emergency orders, public sector and COVID-19
The Star: Union says Ontario paramedics could run low on personal protective equipment in coming weeks
Jason Fraser, a Peterborough paramedic who is the chair of CUPE’s Ambulance Committee of Ontario, said having an adequate supply of face masks, gloves, gowns, goggles and more is crucial given that paramedics are likely to be the first point of contact with many new COVID-19 patients. Click here to read the full article.
“Our elected officials must refuse to override collective agreements and they must respectfully consult workers, rather than unilaterally order significant changes to their working conditions and the delivery of services.” — CUPE Ontario President Fred Hahn Click here to read the full article.