Important Long Term Care events in the coming weeks

There are number of very important matters related to the Long Term Care sector that will be taking place over the next couple of months.

We have received confirmation that the Time to Care Act will be coming up for a vote at second reading on October 28th. This is likely our best chance yet to get this legislation passed and we will be undertaking a concerted lobby effort to try and ensure that we can win this vote.

The LTC COVID-19 Commission is also going to start hearing submissions this month and we will need to hear from members about their front-line experiences during the pandemic so that we can ensure their voices are heard by the Commissioners.

There are a number of very important events coming up in the next few weeks. It’s incredibly important that as many people as possible participate in these events. Please forward to your locals and encourage them to participate. As noted below most of these events are open and not limited to LTC locals.

CUPE Connects! – CODE RED: At Risk & Vulnerable, Long-Term Care in Ontario

The 4th webisode of CUPE Connects! will focus on the numerous challenges and opportunities facing the sector at this critical time
September 29 – 6:30pm
Zoom – Register here
Open to all

Care Not Profits Concert

London West End and Broadway star Ramin Karimloo will be providing a free online concert in support of the Care Not Profits campaign
September 30 – 7:00pm
https://www.facebook.com/officialraminkarimloo
Open to all

LTC Leadership Call

This very important meeting will discuss the campaign for the Time to Care Act, the LTC Commission and other pressing issues for the sector. Please encourage your local leadership to attend
October 6 – 7:00pm
Zoom – Registration link to follow

Ontario Health Coalition Day of Action for LTC

Our partners in the Ontario Health Coalition are holding a Day of Action for LTC that will include car caravans outside of MPP offices

October 8
Details to follow Open to all

Town Hall Meeting June 10

Hello CUPE 4000 members,

As you know, COVID-19 has decreased our ability to safely gather as much as we would like.

Due to this, we’ve unfortunately had to cancel our June 9, 2020, General Membership Meeting (GMM) scheduled for 7:30pm.

Since the importance of discussing our working conditions is more critical than ever, we will hold a phone-in, conference call type Town Hall, on Wednesday, June 10, 2020 7:15 PM.

Instead of discussing regular Union business and following a GMM format, we will speak to an agenda of items, and then answer any of your questions.

Our current agenda is:

  • Government Emergency Order Update
  • Health and Safety Update
  • Pandemic Pay Update
  • Operating Rooms Reopening and Expansion
  • Questions

CUPE 4000 Town Hall, Wednesday June 10, 2020, 7:15 pm, phone number 1-877-229-8493 access code 119574#
Or access through your computer: https://video.teleforumonline.com/video/streaming.php?client=19574

We are looking forward to speaking with you all.

In solidarity,
CUPE 4000 Executive

CUPE Ontario Telephone Townhall – Equity Seekers & COVID-19

Join the CUPE Ontario Human Rights Committee at 6:30 pm EST on Thursday, May 28th for a telephone town hall call with NDP MPPs to talk about the disproportionate impacts of COVID-19 on equity-seekers.
Members will have the chance to share their stories about working on the front lines and ask questions of the MPPs.
On this call, we will be joined by:
·       Jill Andrew, MPP for Toronto—St. Paul’s and Critic for Women’s Issues
·       Sol Mamakwa, MPP for Kiiwetinoong and Critic for Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
·       Laura Mae Lindo, MPP for Kitchener Centre and Anti-Racism Critic
·       Terence Kernaghan, MPP for London North Centre and Critic for LGBTQ issues
·       Joel Harden, MPP for Ottawa Centre and Critic for Accessibility and Persons with Disabilities
To join, you can dial the numbers below:
English: 1-877-229-8493 (114235#)
You can submit questions in advance to ctaylor@cupe.on.ca.
If you are deaf or hard of hearing, you can access video relay services here: https://srvcanadavrs.ca/en/.
Please RSVP here.

May 12 Membership Meeting Canceled

With the Ontario Government announcing that it will be extending the Emergency Order until May 19, 2020. This must be their way of controlling social distancing until after the long weekend.

With that being said, we’ll have to cancel our membership meeting for May 12 2020.

Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers to send Heartfelt Appreciation to Health Care Workers at Ottawa Hospitals

OTTAWA – The Ottawa Local of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers will tomorrow April 30th, 2020 acknowledge and show their appreciation and thanks to all those working in Ottawa area hospitals by forming a caravan at the Ottawa General, Ottawa Civic and the Queensway Carleton Hospital.

“Our membership wanted to reach out to health care workers in the city and show our tremendous appreciation and thanks to all those workers for what they have done and continue to do during this coronavirus pandemic.  It was decided a Health Care Workers Express convoy of our members driving safely past the hospital with signs and waving was a small way we could perhaps show that sentiment”, said Ian Anderson, president of the CUPW Ottawa Local.

The caravan at the three Ottawa area hospitals is set to commence at approximately 10:15am simultaneously at the Ottawa Hospital General Campus on Smyth Road, the Civic Campus on Carling Avenue as well as the Queensway Carleton hospital on Baseline Road.

The Ottawa Local 580 of the Canadian Union of Postal Workers is comprised of approximately 1200 members employed by Canada Post.

Day of Mourning for Workers Killed or Injured on the Job

OTTAWA – Although officially observed by the Canadian Labour Congress since 1984 April 28th was first proclaimed a Day of Mourning by an Act of Parliament in 1991. Today in over one hundred countries around the world, in cities and in towns, April 28th is officially observed.

This year marks the 37th year since the first observance. It is also the 28th anniversary of the Westray Mine disaster that saw the lives of 26 miners taken on March 9th, 1992 as a direct result of the workplace. The disaster also brought forward changes to Canada’s Criminal Code in 2004 making it possible to prosecute employers for negligence leading to workplace death and/or injury.

Across Canada close to one thousand workers die each year and many more are injured as a direct result of the workplace.

The annual ceremony attended by approximately 500 people including injured workers, coworkers, family members, elected officials and others at Vincent Massey Park in Ottawa will be instead taking place as a virtual ceremony. The approximate 40 minute Zoom webinar ceremony commences at 12:30pm on April 28, 2020 and will feature speakers and a minute of silence for all those workers impacted as a result of the workplace.

The virtual ceremony is open to all and accessed through https://zoom.us/j/93891174077

“We need to continue to mourn for the dead and to fight for the living. This includes ensuring that all workers are provided with PPE and the proper training to use it safely. Our role as labour and indeed that of our elected officials, employers and the broader community is to ensure we strengthen health and safety for all workers. COVID-19 did not create this need rather it reinforced the necessity”, said Sean McKenny, president of the Ottawa and District Labour Council.

The Ottawa and District Labour Council (ODLC) has been the voice of working people in the Ottawa area since 1872. The ODLC currently represents 92 local unions with a combined membership of 50,000 working men and women and is the largest democratic and popular organization in the Ottawa area.

Contacts:

Sean McKenny – 613 862 5150

Ottawa and District Labour Council  – 613 233 7820