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Feds threaten public health care says local union

Friday, March 28, 2014   by: Staff



Unifor, the largest private sector union in Canada is sounding the alarm for public health care.
We are facing an important moment in the history of public health care in Canada.
The Health Accord – an  agreement between the federal, provincial, and territorial governments that sets federal funding for  health care and ensures all Canadians can access good quality services regardless of where they live – expires on March 31, 2014. 
The Harper government has refused to meet with Premiers to negotiate a new accord.
Instead, the government plans to cut $36 billion over 10 years from public health care and eliminate the equalization portion of the Canada Health Transfer – replacing it with an equal per capita transfer. 
Provinces with a relatively young and densely populated demographic, such as Alberta, have lower per capita health costs and will fare well under this new plan.
Provinces with small isolated populations like Newfoundland and Labrador, or a large proportion of seniors will be hard pressed to deliver universal health care. 
Join Unifor Local 1359 and the Ontario Health Coalition in a demonstration to stand up for our public health care system!
WHERE: Simultaneously in front of MP Bryan Hayes’ office at 369 Queen St. East and in front of David Orazietti’s office at 432 Great Northern Rd. 
WHEN: Monday, March 31 at 11 a.m. 
Contact person: Steve Olsen, Vice-President Unifor Local 1359 – 705-253-2338 
Organization Profile 
Unifor is Canada’s largest private sector union, with more than 300,000 members across the country, working in nearly every major sector of the economy.
Founded Labour Day weekend in 2013 by the joining together of the Canadian Auto Workers union (CAW) and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union, Unifor is dedicated to improving the lives of all working Canadians. 
Unifor Local 1359 has over 1359 members locally and represents the City of Sault Ste. Marie Paramedics, Sault Area Hospital, Extendicare Van Daele and Maple View Long Term Care Homes, Brinks Canada, USW Admin and Support Staff, Carillion Ellis Don, Lady Dunn Health Centre Wawa, St. Joseph’s General Hospital Elliot Lake, Camillus Centre Elliot Lake and Hillside Park Retirement Residence Elliot Lake. 
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Pakadeva 3/28/2014 3:52:59 PM Report

I hope people show up at the offices, I plan to!!! Those government officials stealing from us need to start giving back!!!
Mr. 3/28/2014 4:20:16 PM Report

Spin spin spin. They aren't cutting anything from health care spending, it's still going up. It's just going to be going up at a lower rate than it was under the expiring agreement.

The transfer amount from the federal government to the provinces was growing at 6% per year under the last agreement and this will continue until 2016/2017 and then at that point the annual growth in the transfer will be tied to the rate of inflation. The $36 billion "cut" is simply the projected difference between the rate of inflation and the 6% rate.
steelworker 3/28/2014 4:22:32 PM Report

Everybody has to tighten their belts but the greedy unions will never take a cut because more money means more union dues.
I'm In 3/28/2014 5:06:06 PM Report

Keep voting PC and Liberal they ruined our Social safety net that Tommy Douglas and the CCF PARTY (now NDP) fought for and got in the 1960's, I remember my father going to the finance company to bring his new borns home from the hospital, wake up people its coming back slowly but surely.
R0FL0L 3/28/2014 5:14:49 PM Report

WOW this anti union talk can start up. It will be a good change from the "Anti-PUC" discussions.
It is your Health Care too.
But if you later want to "CO-PAY" for your MRI or Colonoscopy and such, on top of your taxes than go for it. Sit back open your purse and enjoy.

thera 3/28/2014 6:01:27 PM Report

I wonder if everyone forgets that eventually, they will get old and will have need of some sort of social assistance at one time or another (unless you are a millionaire). You people want to sell out your future for short-term gain. Get passed your hate and actually use that thing that sits in between your ears.
ThinkAgain 3/28/2014 6:42:17 PM Report

Someone has to pay for there outrageous salaries, pensions & mistakes
Pakadeva 3/29/2014 12:09:06 AM Report

@ROFLOL & thera
I agree! Everyone will wish they had spoken up or attempted to help out when we pay for everything out of our own pockets like our neighbours. As for the outrageous salaries, RIGHT THERE is where the cuts should be made. Get rid of 1/2 of the top heavy departments & suddenly we have money to help with our healthcare/senior care. Be concerned, cuts in staff means your Mom or Dad will get far less attention cause people can only do so much in a shift. Cuts in wages for the PSW's, RPN's & RN's also means less attention & care for the elderly, frail, disabled, & people hospitalyzed. People who are already run ragged won't stay employed where wages are now lowered, may as well work at Timmies!!!
Coles_Mom 3/31/2014 9:28:23 PM Report

The Harper Gov't is DISCUSTING!!!!! Enough said :/
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