Unifor RPN Working Group Fairness for RPN's Campaign
It’s time to respect, protect, and pay Ontario’s RPNs. Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) have stepped up throughout the COVID-19 pandemic in a big way. Yet, they have had to fight for proper health and safety protections in the workplace and have had their collective agreement rights superseded. The media has widely reported that the pandemic has only served to highlight an existing nursing shortage and the risk of an exodus of nurses due to burnout. Without real measures to improve working conditions and compensation, the health care system is at risk.
To read more and take action on the
Fairness for RPN’s campaign, please follow the link below;
all healthcare heroes deserve pandemic pay
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In celebration of National Nurses week, UNIFOR Local 27 wants to recognize our RPNS who have been Frontline Heroes. RPNS are knowledgeable caring nurses, who advocate for quality health care. We would also like to recognize all of our health care workers, who have been dedicated to the wellness of patients in the London area, during the pandemic. Thank you to all of our HEALTH CARE HEROS. UNIFOR LOCAL 27
Happy Nurses Week 2021
to Listen to our Nurses week message on fm96 & cjbk 1290 , follow the link below
Today, SEIU Healthcare, Unifor and CUPE unions representing 175,000healthcare workers across Ontario held a Virtual media conference tp announce the launch of International Women’s Day actions with a clear message to Premier Ford: “Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.”
To view the video , follow the link below.
We are affiliated and working with UNICARE on a Global Nursing Home Campaign.
They are collecting information from frontline care workers in the nursing home and home care sectors worldwide.
For this survey to reach workers, they need our help.
Survey link: https://unicare2021survey.questionpro.com
The results will be shared at an upcoming event they are planning that looks back on a year fighting the pandemic on the frontlines. Thanks in advance for your support.
Director of Health Care / Directeur des soins de santé
Please click on the link below to sign the Ontario Health Coalition’s Save Our Seniors petition.
Greetings; All Healthcare Members
Despite a vaccine on the way, we are still seeing new outbreaks in LTC and retirement homes and there are some concerning developments.
Tullio reported yesterday that in a Schlegel home in Windsor that has at least 53 positive resident cases and dozens of staff, our members were being coerced to not use an N-95 mask. Further investigation found that our members had NOT been fit-tested. As of last night, the employer was attempting to have our members sign an acknowledgement that the mask may not be effective because of this. We see no reason for them to sign this and have advised not to do so.
Another home has indicated in a memo an implication that N-95 masks should only be worn when near high flow oxygen or CPAP machines. This is misleading.
Because of the changes to Directive 5 that we were able to secure, once an outbreak has been declared, every member within 2 metres of a suspected or confirmed COVID resident or patient can ask, and must be given an N-95 mask. This applies to LTC, hospital and retirement.
We may be approaching the holiday break but COVID will not be resting. Please reach out to your chair people and H&S committees to ensure our members have been fit-tested.
Here is the link to our fact sheet.
Here is the link to Directive 5.
This is the section that provides our members the right to an N-95. While it doesn’t specifically mention retirement homes, they are included in the directive in the preamble.
For public hospitals and long-term care homes in COVID-19 outbreak, as declared by the local Medical Officer of Health, if a health care worker comes in contact with a suspected, probable or confirmed case of COVID-19 in a patient or resident where 2 metre distance cannot be assured, the health care worker can determine if a fit-tested N-95 respirator or approved equivalent or better protection is needed and must receive this additional precaution.
Please continue to report COVID outbreaks to Mike Yam and immediately contact us regarding any health and safety concerns.
In solidarity, Katha
Assistant to the National President
Please see below links to access updated information on vaccine resources, provided to us by the Province.
All Local 27 Long Term Care Chairpersons
To fill out the Long Term Care Staffing Questionnaire regarding your Home; please follow the Link below.
New Directive #5 Rules October 6, 2020
“Directive 5” is the government’s rules about COVID-19 and Personal Protective Equipment
(“PPE”) for healthcare staff that hospitals and long-term care homes must follow.
OCHU/CUPE, SEIU and Unifor recently sued the government to force them to increase the
protections for workers. To resolve this court action, the government agreed to make changes
to Directive 5. These changes mean that hospitals and long-term care homes will have to give
workers clearer access to better protections when they are dealing with patients or residents
who may have COVID-19. These are the rules under the new Directive 5:
Workers at hospitals and long-term care homes who are
interacting with suspected or confirmed COVID patents/
residents always have to be given, at a minimum, the following
PPE regardless of distance from the patient/resident:
• Surgical/procedure masks;
• Face shields or goggles;
• Appropriate isolation gowns.
In long-term care homes, workers have to wear surgical masks
at all times during a shift, except when on a break or when they
are not in contact with residents.
New Directive #5 Rules
Workers also have the right to an N-95 respirator in three situations:
1. When the workplace is in an “outbreak” and you are within 2 metres of a
When a hospital or a long-term care home has an outbreak of COVID-19, workers who may come
within two metres (or six and a half feet) of a known or suspected COVID-19 patient/resident
have a right to an N-95 respirator.
You have to ask your employer for an N-95 respirator, but they must give it to you. Ask for an
N-95 mask any time you are doing work and cannot be sure that you will be able to stay more
than two metres away from a COVID-19 patient or resident.
Whether or not your workplace is in an “outbreak” of COVID-19 is decided by the local medical
officer of health, not your employer.
For hospitals, an outbreak is usually when two people contract COVID-19 while at the hospital
within two weeks of each other.
For long-term care homes, an outbreak is usually when one staff person or resident has a
positive COVID-19 test. This may change to 2 cases in the near future.
2. When a regulated health professional (e.g. an RPN) decides an
N-95 is needed
Every time a doctor, RN, RPN or other regulated healthcare professional interacts with a known
or suspected COVID patient or resident, they have to conduct a point of care risk assessment or
PCRA to decide if they need to wear an N-95 respirator.
If a regulated healthcare professional decides that an N-95 respirator is required when
interacting with a COVID-19 patient, then the hospital or long-term care home has to give
an N-95 respirator to that worker and every other worker who is present for that patient
interaction and this cannot be denied by the employer.
3. When certain kinds of medical procedures are done on a COVID patient
All workers in any room where an “Aerosol Generating Medical Procedure” (also called an
AGMP) is being done or is probable to be done on a COVID-19 patient must wear an N-95
You also have to wear an N-95 respirator if you are in a room where AGMPs are frequently
done, even if they are not doing an AGMP at the time you are in the room.
There are many different kinds of AGMPs. If you are in a room when an AGMP is being done, you
should be told that this is happening. You can always ask if an AGMP is being performed if you
are not sure.
Resources for Support During the Covid-19 Outbreak
- CMHA- Mental Health & Addiction Crisis
648 Huron Street
- Ontario Medical Association
MD Led Virtual Chats: The OMA Physician Health Program invites you to drop in virtually between noon and 1 p.m. each weekday to support one another during the COVID-19 pandemic. The sessions will be led by Dr. Kasra Khorasani, a psychiatrist at Mount Sinai Health Systems and St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto.
Meeting Daily from 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. (EDT)
http://php.oma.org/virtual-chats/ – Meeting ID and phone Number updated on link
- Canada Suicide Prevention Service (CSPS) by Crisis Services Canada
Enables callers anywhere in Canada to access crisis support by phone, in French or English: toll-free 1-833-456-4566 Available 24/7
- Finding Services
For people between the ages of 17-25, for post-secondary students in Ontario and provides professional counseling and information and referrals for mental health, addictions and well-being. This is free, confidential and anonymous helpline, Open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call: 1-866-925-5454
Meant for all ages and provides information about counselling services and supports in your community. Listens, offers support and provide strategies to help you meet your goals. Provides basic education about mental illness Call: 1-866-531-2600
- CMHA REACH OUT Crisis Hotline- 519-433-2203 (24/7)
Walk In’s welcome at 648 Huron St (24/7).
- ARK AID STREET MISSION
Providing evening meal and some take home meals when available.
If you or someone you care about are feeling overwhelmed with emotions like sadness, depression, or anxiety, or feel like you want to harm yourself or others call:
- Visit the disaster distress Helpline or call 1-800-985-5990 and TTY 1-800-846-8517.
- Text TalkWithUs to 66746
- Visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline or call 1-800-799-7233 and TTY 1-800-787-3224.
better care. safer work.
Nursing homes should be a safe place to live.
In a perfect world, this would go without saying. But in Ontario today, the ratios of staff to residents is simply too high to provide safe care with dignity.
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