Pandemic Pay for all health care workers campaign

A campaign by CUPE, SEIU and Unifor to extend $4 an hour pandemic pay to all health care workers kicks off March 8, International Women’s Day. The campaign themes are: 


Demands also include access to protective equipment and pay for Covid related sicknesses and absences.

Leaders will talk about this on Mar. 4 at 6:30 p.m.

Hillcrest site of UHN: among the most exploited hospital workers in Ontario

Personal support workers at the Hillcrest site of the University Health Network are paid $16.83 an hour or less and have 3 paid sick days a year. This reactivation hospital takes patients from UHN. The hospital owns the site, but it has contracted management to St. Elizabeth, a community agency. 120 staff work there.

Hillcrest workers kicked off a campaign on Feb. 10, wearing stickers and with a media conference. Advertising, rallies and a video are all planned as part of the campaign to make these workers direct employees of the University Health Network.

18,598 Ontario health care workers have contracted Covid-19 at work

20 of those workers have died

Health care workers have a right to a fit tested N95 mask as outlined in Directive 5 of the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

Regional RPN Conferences

OCHU-CUPE’s RPN Committee is holding a series of RPN mini conferences on Zoom.

The conference delegates will hear from the College of Nurses of Ontario and from WeRPN.

There will be a discussion about the bargaining goals for RPNs in the coming round of central bargaining, including wages, workloads and other issues.

There will be a discussion about malpractice and insurance.

There will also be workshops for the participants about the issues on which they want the union to campaign.

If you would like to attend one of these conferences, please contact your local union.

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