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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP) is a union of health care professionals dedicated to protecting, advocating for, and advancing the rights of its members through labour relations activities. MAHCP represents 85% of Allied Health Professionals in Manitoba, working in more than 190 disciplines in health care settings across the province.
MAHCP’s Executive Director is the organization’s most senior manager and a leader in Manitoba’s labour movement. The Executive Director provides day-to-day leadership to MAHCP’s dedicated and professional staff who are relentlessly focused on the well-being and success of MAHCP’s members.
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Closes December 16, 2022. Email a cover letter and resume to Jason Linklater at email@example.com.
Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals welcomes Jason Linklater as the new President for the 2022-2024 term. MAHCP represents over 7000 allied health professionals from 190 different disciplines across Manitoba.
“I’m honoured to be representing allied health professionals and the dedicated, skilled work our members do every day,” said Linklater. “Our association has experienced a huge amount of growth over the last few years and I am excited to help lead MAHCP through this time of transition and solidarity-building.”
MAHCP’s Central Table Bargaining, a group that represents over 6000 allied health professionals, is currently in negotiations. Members in this bargaining group have been without a contract for over four years, and with some members going even longer.
“One of my most urgent goals, alongside our bargaining committee, is fighting to get allied health a fair deal. The services our members provide are critical to the health care system in Manitoba,” said Linklater. “I am committed to strongly advocating for increased allied health investments in retaining, recruitment and retention in throughout the health care system.”
Jason Linklater comes to MAHCP as an Orthopedic Technologist Educator at Health Sciences Centre where he has been employed for 28 years. He has over 20 years of experience with MAHCP Executive Council, in addition to being on the current Bargaining Committee.
The newly elected Executive Council includes:
President Jason Linklater
Vice-President Tanya Burnside
Treasurer Matt Hollingshead
Secretary Wayne Chacun
District 1 | Northern – East Kevin Chalus
District 2 | Northern – West Lesa Nordick
District 3 | Prairie Mountain Health – North Leann Oakley
District 4 | Prairie Mountain Health – South Wayne Chacun
District 6 | Interlake-Eastern Matt Hollingshead
District 8 | Winnipeg – North Karen Roth
District 9 | Winnipeg – Notre Dame Margret Thomas
District 10 | Winnipeg – West Shayleen Goretzki
District 12 | Winnipeg – South Shelagh Parken
District 14 | Winnipeg – Central 2 Arlene Boychuk
District 15 | Winnipeg – Central 3 Jana-Leigh Povey
District 16 | Winnipeg – Central 4 Shelley Kowalchuk
Budget Commitment to Hire 35 Additional Paramedics Impossible Task
May 27, 2022 Winnipeg, MB – During Paramedic Services Week which is from May 22 to 28, the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP) is calling attention to the mounting paramedic staffing crisis affecting emergency medical services in rural Manitoba. Despite an as-yet unfulfilled 2019 commitment by the Manitoba Government to hire 80 additional paramedics – a commitment renewed in Budget 2022 – all available evidence points to increasing staffing vacancies, out-of-service hours and response times for rural ambulances.
“Frontline paramedics are reporting around 50 vacancies in the Prairie Mountain Health operational area alone, and there are three other regions that are desperately short-staffed,” said MACHP President Bob Moroz. “With the busy summer season bearing down, the situation is only going to get worse. Our already burnt-out paramedics are bracing for chaos in the coming months.”
Shared Health has reportedly struggled to fill paramedic vacancies in recent years. Manitoba’s flagship Primary Care Paramedic program at Red River College Polytechnic recently extended training from a one year to a two-year program and is therefore not turning out any graduates this year, making hiring even more challenging. Shared Health is also competing for paramedics with the City of Winnipeg, where wages are up to 25% higher and recruitment efforts have intensified, as well as other municipalities (Brandon and Thompson), and a small number of private providers (e.g., STARS, Fisher EMS) that hire paramedics.
“The health minister is telling Manitobans not to worry, that the recent budget has money to hire 35 additional paramedics,” said Moroz. “That commitment is part of a 2019 pledge they haven’t met, and it’s going to be impossible because there are no paramedics to hire. Shared Health can’t fill the vacancies they have now, let alone adding staff, and meanwhile ambulances are taking longer to respond to medical emergencies in rural Manitoba.”
Shared Health has not released information on paramedic staffing levels to show the status of the government’s 2019 hiring commitment of 80 additional equivalent full time (EFT) positions. An MAHCP freedom of information request for detailed data on the number of frontline positions and vacancies was denied, with Shared Health claiming that “records do not exist” and stating that it is “working on a process to have vacancy and position information readily available.” Information previously obtained by MAHCP showed out-of-service hours due to staffing shortages for rural ambulances spiking, reaching 19,000 hours in December 2021.
MAHCP wrote a letter to Health Minister Audrey Gordon in January demanding an urgent plan for paramedic training, recruitment and retention but has not received a response to date. The union is calling on the Manitoba Government to take immediate steps to build more training opportunities for rural paramedics, including working with partners in Brandon and restoring rotating programs at rural and Northern sites that were previously cut. Shared Health must also work with frontline paramedics to alleviate understaffing, burnout and fatigue in the short term and retain as many paramedics as possible.
The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is the union representing over 7000 members from all over Manitoba, including over 800 rural paramedics. MAHCP represents 85% of Allied Health Care Professionals in Manitoba, working in more than 190 disciplines in health care settings across the province.
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Allied Health Week is approaching quickly, and we are excited to announce a lineup of fun activities, contests, and draws for MAHCP members! Take a peek at our poster below to see all the fantastic events planned by MAHCP’s Member Engagement Committee. We are looking forward to seeing you there (virtually)!
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RESPIRATORY THERAPY ON LIFE SUPPORT WITH 50% VACANCY RATE AT CONCORDIA HOSPITAL
System Staffing Unsustainable, Down 10% In Overall Staffing from 2021
Winnipeg, MB April 8, 2022 – Manitoba is facing a mounting staffing crisis for respiratory therapists according to the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals (MAHCP), the allied health union representing respiratory therapists (RTs) in Winnipeg and the Northern Regional Health Authority. Respiratory therapists are an essential part of the health-care team, providing a range of critical services, tests, and treatments for patients’ respiratory health needs in hospitals, clinics, and the community.
“Respiratory therapists are essential to keep our ICUs, emergency rooms, urgent cares and operating rooms running, but there aren’t enough of them,” said Bob Moroz, MAHCP President. “This is critically important work; they keep people breathing. Understaffing cannot be an option.”
Starting next week, the Concordia Hospital will be functioning with only 2.5 equivalent full-time (EFT) respiratory therapists, except for one Anesthesiology RT dedicated to surgeries. Minimum baseline staffing is 5.2 EFT, resulting in over a 50% vacancy rate. Concordia Hospital operates on a 24-hour basis with an increasingly small complement of RTs. RTs are taking on additional shifts, with some staff working back-to-back 12-hour shifts, and being denied breaks. Meanwhile, respiratory therapists at Grace Hospital are reportedly being limited to only one staff member off at a time due to short-staffing.
“Concordia is struggling almost every day, and sometimes hour to hour, to cover shifts,” said Moroz. “The situation at that hospital has reached a critical level, but unfortunately this is a system-wide problem. We have nowhere close to the number of RTs we need to handle another pandemic surge – there’s nowhere left to pull staff from. It’s unsustainable.”
Registration statistics from the regulatory body, the Manitoba Association of Registered Respiratory Therapists, show the current number of registered RTs at 332, a 10% decline from a high of 365 practicing last year. Meanwhile, the Bachelor of Respiratory Therapy program at the University of Manitoba has only 16 funded training seats, a number that has remained static since the degree program’s inception.
“Unfortunately, with the amount of burnout we’re seeing among respiratory therapists and other allied health professionals, this sharp decline in staffing when we need them most isn’t surprising,” said Moroz. “What we need is an immediate plan and dedicated investment in training, recruitment and retention for this critical profession, and we need it fast.”
The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is a union representing over 6500 allied health professionals working in more than 190 disciplines across Manitoba. For more information on MAHCP visit www.mahcp.ca.
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The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals has an exciting opportunity for a skilled labour relations practitioner as a full-time Labour Relations Officer.
The Labour Relations Officer will be involved in all aspects of labour relations including:
Interpretation and administration of the collective agreement.
Supporting the membership in workplace issues, including harassment complaints and investigations, workplace accommodation, return to work programs, and discipline
Grievance handling, arbitration preparation, and negotiation of settlements.
Creating and conducting educational programs for the membership.
Involvement in research and committee work
A competitive salary and comprehensive employer-paid benefits package as per the UNIFOR Local 191 /MAHCP collective agreement.
Labour Relations experience in health care combined with a post-secondary degree
in labour relations and 3-5 years related experience.
Equivalent training and experience may be considered.
Excellent written and oral communication skills.
Demonstrated advocacy, human relations, negotiation, and problem solving skills.
Valid Manitoba driver’s license willingness to travel within Manitoba using own vehicle, if required.
The ability to work some non-conforming hours.
The Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals is a trade union representing approximately 6600 health care professionals in Manitoba. For more information about MAHCP, visit www.mahcp.ca.
Please submit your resume, in confidence, by Friday, April 1st, 2022 to:
Mr. Lee Manning
101-1500 Notre Dame Ave.
Winnipeg, MB R3E 0P9
Fax: (204) 775-6829
Thank you for your interest, however only those who are to be interviewed will be contacted.
MAHCP Member Engagement Committee presents Trivia Night, on Friday, April 8th, 2022. Fun for the whole family, join us on zoom and buzz in through your smart phone (you must download the corresponding app)! The room opens at 6:30pm, with trivia starting at 7 p.m. – to register check your email for the link or contact email@example.com.
$200 for 1st place and other prizes* to be awarded throughout the night.
*Please note, while families can participate – the registered person must be a full MAHCP member.
While tickets are free – we do have a 100 person maximum. Register early to avoid disappointment. Be sure to tell your MAHCP co-workers and we hope to see you there!
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