Health Care Divisional Council Index
Health and safety survey in Long-Term Care
December 9, 2009 OPSEU is asking that the highest ranking LEC member in each bargaining unit and all worker members of the joint health and safety committee in each Long Term Care bargaining unit complete an online survey. Your Long-Term Care Sector Executive is partnering with Occupational Health Clinics for Ontario Workers (OHCOW) to gather information about JHSCs in our sector.
OPSEU launches “Avoiding Zero” campaign for hospitals
November 4, 2009 OPSEU is launching a
campaign to urge the McGuinty government not to freeze hospital
funding next year. more...
NUPGE calls for N95 respirators for all health care workers
2009 The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) says all health care workers exposed to a pandemic flu virus like H1N1 should be given fit-tested NIOSH approved N95 respirators to protect them on the job.
Municipal leaders blast
at rally to save small and rural hospitals
2009 Facing cuts to their
local hospitals, about 4,000
community members and their
municipal leaders demonstrated
and presented petitions at
Queen’s Park April 30.
Queen’s Park Rally to Save the
Douglas Memorial Hospital
Now more than ever
communities across the region need to
unite and save our local hospitals.
OPSEU would like to invite its members
to attend a Queen’s Park Rally to save
the Douglas Memorial Hospital, on
Wednesday April 29 at 9:00 a.m.
The NHS Hospital
Improvement Plan by the LHIN is
unacceptable to the residents of Fort
Erie and it’s time for Premier Dalton
McGuinty and Health Minister David
Caplan to hear the voice of the people.
Let’s keep up the good fight!
Free highway bus
transportation is being offered from the
Leisureplex Arena/Banquet Hall area in
Fort Erie. For further information
please contact Al Stouffer at (905)
871-1600 ext. 2543 or the Ontario Health
Hospital restructuring summit set for Oshawa
The Central East LHIN has developed
a plan to reorganize hospital services across the
region. On Monday April 20, 2009 a free
hospital summit will be held in Oshawa from 10 am
to 4 pm, at the Tosca Banquet and Conference Centre:
800 Champlain Ave. Guest speaker John Lister,
Director of the London Health Emergency Coalition
and author of Health Policy Reform: Driving the
Wrong Way, will lead a high-level briefing of the
LHIN plan, discuss its implications and cover
various strategies for action.
We encourage OPSEU members to attend
and show support for their community hospitals.
Please register in advance by filling out the
OPSEU commercials to be broadcast on Hockey Night In
April 9, 2009 CBC will be
broadcasting an OPSEU television commercial asking the
public to contact their MPP about recent cuts to Ontario
commercial and more..
April 18 rally to save Ontario hospital
April 8, 2009 OPSEU members are invited
to rally in support of hospital services in their
Durham Summit to discuss Central East LHIN Clinical Service Plan
April 3, 2009 The Ontario Health Coalition is organizing a regional
summit April 20. Includes video report of Apr. 1 presentation to Durham Regional
Upcoming protests and town hall meetings
around hospital cuts
March 30, 2009 Despite more than $4
billions in corporate tax cuts announced in last week's
budget, the McGuinty government could not find $268 million
(1.4%) more to stem the cuts to Ontario's hospitals.
More than 200 Clarington residents stand up for local health services
March 20, 2009 Concerned their hospital could be reduced to a treat-and-transfer site, more than 200 Clarington residents came out to a town hall forum March 19 to raise their concerns.
photos and more...
OPSEU joins health coalition postcard
March 13, 2009 OPSEU is sending its hospital locals more
than 40,000 Ontario Health Coalition postcards this week as part of a campaign
to restore funding to the province’s hospitals.
OPSEU plans public health meeting Feb. 24
February 17, 2009 Union
leader wants loss of services at local health unit
to be investigated
Employees of Canadian Mental Health
Association-Oxford vote to accept new contract
February 12, 2009 Just days before a Feb. 14
strike deadline, employees have voted 83 per cent in favour of their
employer’s latest contract offer.
CMHA workers picket over contract offer
February 6, 2009 Workers at the Canadian Mental Health
Association picket the Woodstock office to protest what
they say is an unfair contract offer from their
OPSEU takes down shelter ads, asks for community support
November 12, 2008 The Ontario Public
Service Employees Union has taken down its three bus shelter ads
that asked the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health to protect
its staff from violence..more...
OPSEU, ONA renew calls for action on workplace violence by CAMH
October 21, 2008 OPSEU and the Ontario Nurses’ Association are calling
upon the Centre of Addiction and Mental Health to take immediate action to stem
the rising number of violent attacks on health care workers at the mental health
September 10, 2008 The first in a
series of town hall meetings to stop the
cuts to Niagara’s hospitals will be held in Port Colborne Thursday, Sept.
11 at 7 pm, organized by the Niagara Health Coalition.
Dupont inquiry coroner’s inquest recommendations
Recommendations of the coroner’s jury in the Lori Dupont
Ombuds to investigate enforcement of long term care standards
July 18, 2008: Dialogue 49: Kincardine loses publicly-funded outpatient physio services;
Central East LHIN fails to get quick dismissal of OPSEU complaint
Previous Dialogue issues
Health care activists to converge at Rouge Valley Hospital Monday to stop
erosion of services
June 20, 2008 Defenders of public health care and
front line workers from as far away as Sudbury and Kingston will
converge at the Rouge Valley Hospital System’s Centenary site this
Monday, June 23 more...
OPSEU, CUPE, SEIU: Unions warn of more privatization with appointment of new
June 20, 2008 Responding to today’s appointment of David
Caplan as Minister of Health, three of Ontario’s largest health care unions are
warning that they will fight any attempts by the new minister to privatize
health care services. more...
Central East LHIN threatens jobs in Scarborough
June 13, 2008 The Central East Local Health
Integration Network (LHIN) is about to unveil a plan to force every
hospital in its area -- including Whitby Mental Health, Rouge Valley and
Lakeridge -- to contract out one per cent of its operating budget to a
community-based agency. more...
A Healthcare Worker’s Guide to Pandemic Influenza
May 20, 2008 OPSEU launches its new
booklet to assist healthcare members, locals and health and
safety activists understand the impact of pandemic influenza
on their health and safety, and actions they can take.
Ajax: Services stay until court decides on bed closures
May 14, 2008 The fate of 20 mental health beds at
the Ajax-Pickering Hospital will be decided July 11 after parties agreed
to expedite a judicial review on this issue.
Nursing Week: May 12 - 16, 2008 more...
Statistics tell the tale on long-term care staffing
May 8, 2008 The Ontario Health
Coalition says that new government figures show care
levels are stagnant in Ontario’s long term care homes,
despite repeated promises by the McGuinty government to
improve care and bring in minimum care standards.
Health professionals seek action on national HR
May 8, 2008 Representatives of
the Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS)
gathered in Ottawa recently to assess public policy and
labour relations developments over the last six months
and to map the course ahead for Canada’s health
OPSEU joins sister unions in 'Stop The Violence' May Day rally at Queen's
1, 2008: Stop the Violence: OPSEU members joined ONA, SEIU, CEP, Machinists,
and other unions for a noon-hour rally at Queen's Park calling on the Ontario
government to take action on workplace violence.
Stop The Violence Rally
May 1st, 12 Noon Queen's
April 24, 2008: Stop the Violence: May 1st OPSEU will be
joining ONA and SEIU members for a noon-hour rally at Queen's Park calling on
the Ontario government to take action on workplace violence.
OPSEU and the community
stand firm against cuts to
April 11, 2008 OPSEU notified the media about an
injunction to stop the cuts, and about 1,000 people came out to a public meeting
April 10 to oppose the cuts to services at Rouge Valley hospitals.
Escalating shortage of
lab professionals threatens
2008 In the lead-up to
National Medical Laboratory
Week, Canada’s largest
organization of health
science professionals is
sounding alarm bells that
accessible and high quality
patient care is threatened
by an escalating shortage of
technologists across the
campaign for pension
15, 2008 In a joint
campaign, OPSEU, along with
CUPE, CAW and SEIU,
municipalities to support
changes to the OMERS pension
plan to allow more than
5,000 Ontario paramedics the
same pension rights as
police and firefighters.
January 23, 2008 Private medical schools are the wrong
prescription The Canadian Health Professionals Secretariat (CHPS)
has condemned the Canadian Medical Association's proposal to create
private medical schools.
November 23, 2007 Local 479 - Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre
Risky Business II -- a report by OPSEU Local 479 on conditions at Canada's
first public-private partnership (P3) hospital.
November 22, 2007 News Release ROYAL OTTAWA 'P3'
HOSPITAL Local 479 will draw attention to these serious issues. Events
will include with street theatre and a news conference.
OPSEU represents over 30,000 health care workers and has created
a Health Care Divisional Council to provide one strong voice for
health care within the union.
Divisional Council provides an umbrella for OPSEU’s seven health care Divisions:
Community Health Care Professionals Division,
Hospital Professionals Division,
Health Care/Support Division,
Long Term Care Facilities Division,
Mental Health Division,
Canadian Blood Services and Diagnostics
provides a forum for sharing information on issues that affect more than
one Division and for developing common strategies and approaches.