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Hey nurses! This week is dedicated to you

Monday, May 12, 2014   by: SooToday.com Staff

NEWS RELEASE

UNIFOR LOCAL 1359

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Nursing Week is celebrated each year across Canada and around the world during the week of the anniversary of Florence Nightingale’s birthday on May 12.

The celebrations and reflections on health care during this week are a time to recognize the dedication and achievements of nurses that contribute to excellence in patient care and to increase the awareness among the public and government of the issues and challenges of all health care workers.

Unifor recognizes that in addition to nurses there are many health care workers who deliver front-line and supportive roles in an extremely difficult environment.

Cutbacks, working more for less, an aging population and privatizing of services affect health care workers every single day – and Nurse’s Week is a time where we can take a moment to think about what health care would look like without these professionals.

Unifor commits to supporting nurses and all health care workers who are essential in making a very cash-strapped health care system continue to provide services with the highest level of professionalism and excellence.

We continue to encourage the public to thank workers that have impacted our lives whether it was in a hospital, homecare, clinic, or long term care setting.

Unifor also commits to defend nurses and all other health care worker’s rights as Canadian workers and will continue the fight to preserve and strengthen public health care for all Canadians.

Unifor Local 1359 also salutes the many office and clerical professionals that often get overlooked in our health system.

Their daily work is fundamental in bringing patient care to the citizens that require it.

Organization Profile

Unifor Local 1359 has over 1359 members 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.

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.

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Bach 5/12/2014 4:45:35 PM Report

thats not what all the male nurses looked like who took care of me
MYPOINT 5/13/2014 2:07:47 AM Report

is as follows ...

I would like to congratulate ALL nurses working at the SAH for 'giving it their all every single shift'.

My spouse is a nurse ( RPN ) at the SAH and she has gone three long years without any kind of raise in pay. IF HUDAK gets elected in the upcoming election, he has made it very clear that he intends to ' gut ' every union contract he can get his greedy little hands on.

It is bad enough that the RPN's have witnessed numerous nursing shortages at the SAH numerous times, now we have heard through the grapevine that these same nurses should not expect any raise for the next 3 years yet again. This is simply ridiculous because these nurses have already paid their fair share towards the Provincial deficit over the past three years.

It is also shameful that the executive at the SAH are NOT even fulfilling the contracts that these nurses have right now - but again nobody seems to care whatsoever! Maybe it is because the CEO and others at the SAH do not want the public to know about the parts of the contracts they are not fulfilling?

If there is no real movement towards financial gains in the new contract that is scheduled for renewal in October, I foresee longer than usual waiting times when you go to the SAH, among other work to order things. Many of these nurses are being worked to death these days because the SAH will not even hire enough nurses to cover every shift. This means that most of the nurses working at the SAH are being stretched to the limit at this time.

Since this is Nurse's week, should we not give them the respect that they deserve - especially at this time? Personally, I think that the CEO and other highly positioned staff at the SAH are being paid way too much money for the little actual work that they do at the SAH. This is especially so when it is obvious that they are demanding that the front line workers do much more work for less every year.

I apologize for my long rant about the SAH but believe me when I say that things are coming to a boil there and nobody in this city seems to be taking notice these days.

As always, your views may differ :)
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