As the COVID-19 pandemic evolves, Laboratory professionals are on the front line of keeping Manitobans safe from this growing threat.
We are now seeing the media and public take a greater interest in the life-saving work you do every day. I will continue to do my part to make sure people understand the critical role you serve in health care, and not just during a pandemic. We recognize that these are extraordinary times, and some Laboratory professionals are already being called upon to serve where you’re needed most during this crisis.
I am writing to MAHCP Laboratory members across the province to advise that MAHCP has signed an additional MOA – Redeployment of Staff Between the SHEO and CPL Relating to COVID-19. This MOA is specific to redeployment of Laboratory staff in order to effectively respond to the COVID-19 pandemic as the situation evolves in Manitoba and the need for testing grows. Please be advised that the attached MOA is now in effect.
This new MOA is nearly identical in language and intent to the MOA signed previously between all health-care unions and Regions regarding redeployment of staff between Employer organizations. However, that previous MOA did not cover redeployment to Cadham Provincial Laboratory as it is operated directly by the Government of Manitoba, so an additional MOA was required.
I would like to remind everyone that MOAs are commonplace in preparation for events such as natural disasters and pandemics. The MOA ensures that your rights are protected and that any member who is temporarily transferred to Cadham will receive additional compensation to cover costs related to travel, meals and hotel accommodations as needed. It is important to note that the MOA ensures the terms of your current collective bargaining agreement will continue to apply if you are redeployed, and you will continue to be represented by MAHCP.
If you have any questions regarding the terms of this MOA or transferring to Cadham, please contact your Labour Relations Officer or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
On behalf of MAHCP, thank you again for the work you do every day to keep Manitobans safe and healthy, especially during this difficult time. I know all Allied Health Professionals have concerns of your own right now, and yet you continue to do whatever you can to serve. All MAHCP members are heroes in my book, and you deserve the gratitude of every single Manitoban. Thank you.