Calendar

Mar
22
Fri
Policy, Finance, Bylaws Committee meeting @ Union Office
Mar 22 @ 10:00 am – 11:00 am

Meetings are open to all members.

 

This committee’s name is easy to remember if you recall the first letters of peanut butter fudge – PBF

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Agenda:

Old Business
Health and Safety Rep on Executive
Ways and Means Fund
New Business
2019-2020 Budget
CUPE National Letter Re: Bylaws
Stipend Cheque Issuance/Pick-up (Nathan)

 

Mar
25
Mon
The Power of Many conference
Mar 25 @ 8:30 am – 4:00 pm

The local has moved to cover the transportaiton of delegates to this conference. Please read the description below and if you would like to attend, emai the union at info@cupe4207.org

https://www.facebook.com/events/1992444357717582/

The Ontario Federation of Labour is hosting a province-wide conference at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre that will bring together labour leaders, activists and community allies to build our base and our strategies of escalating actions.

This one-day conference will roll-out our full campaign plan designed to activate the Power of Many. It will feature engaging speakers and the launch of new organizing and educational tools.

The Take Back Ontario Conference will deliver:

– A commitment for escalating actions in April 2019, in collaboration with the Ontario Health Coalition – to coincide with the tabling of the Ontario budget. (We expect the PC’s first budget to include further attacks on unions, on vulnerable Ontarians, cuts to public services, the privatization of healthcare, and other significant attacks on social services and supports).
– In lock-step with our community partners, formal plans for another escalating mass action on June 7, to mark the one-year anniversary of our provinces disastrous decline since the election of the Ford government.

Mar
26
Tue
MARCH GMM @ Goodman School of Business room 408
Mar 26 @ 3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Bylaw changes are to be discussed and voted on. https://4207.cupe.ca/files/2019/02/BylawNoticeFebruary2019.pdf

 

Elections:

Ten delegates to CUPE Ontario Convention

Any member in good standing can run for the position of a delegate to the CUPE Ontario annual convention. This year, the convention will be a site of many discussions, planning and organizing to push back the provincial government’s attack on public social programs, people who need them and the workers who work for them. https://cupe.on.ca/event/convention-2019/

Mar
30
Sat
Micro Social # 6 CURLING @ St. Catharines Curling Club
Mar 30 @ 5:30 pm – 8:00 pm
Apr
2
Tue
Bargaining Priorities GMM @ TH 247
Apr 2 @ 11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Apr
4
Thu
Bargaining Priorities GMM @ STH 215
Apr 4 @ 12:00 pm – 3:00 pm
Apr
30
Tue
DEFEND PUBLIC HEALTH CARE RALLY @ Queen's Park Toronto
Apr 30 @ 12:00 pm – 2:30 pm

Please read below. The cuts to health care are truly devastating for the already compromised system, that has been under attack from private, for profit entities, for years. See the Ontario Health Coalition website for a whole research libarary of resources. 

https://www.ontariohealthcoalition.ca/

RALLY

Queen’s Park

April 30 12 pm

Improve Public Health Care. No to Cuts & Privatization.

To get on a bus or to organize a people to come to the rally in your community, please see the RALLY notice on our website

for local contact numbers and information or contact us at (416) 441-2502 ohc@sympatico.ca

 

 

Briefing Note

Doug Ford’s Omnibus Health Bill (Bill 74)

We have excellent health care. We don’t have enough of it. Yet Doug Ford’s new health care omnibus bill does not open a single new health care service. Not a single surgery to help tackle wait lists. Not one new nursing home space. No more health professionals, vital support staff, nurses or doctors.

At the same time, Ontario has the fewest hospital beds left of any province in the country and of any developed nation, even while patients wait for days on stretchers for a bed to open up. Every major hospital has operating rooms that are closed due to lack of funding, even while people wait for surgeries. Our province funds our hospitals at the lowet rate in Canada. We also have the second fewest long-term care beds of any province while wait-lists number 33,800. The evidence is clear: cuts and rationing have gone too far. In fact, in the election Mr. Ford traversed the province promising more, not a wholesale dismembering of the health system.

There is no question we can afford to expand health services and improve care levels. Ontario has a long way to go even just to reach the average funding of the rest of Canada. We are asking Doug Ford to focus his attention and energy on restoring and expanding public non-profit health care services, and on proper planning to meet our communities’ needs. No more cuts and privatization.

New Powers to Force Mergers, Privatization

Loss of Local Control

What is in Mr. Ford’s health care omnibus bill is a new “Super Agency” forged out of 20 existing agencies with widely disparate mandates, histories, levels of effectiveness, and cultures. But that’s not all. Written in the new law are vast powers that the government has given itself and its political appointees in the new “Super Agency” for a wholesale restructuring of our local hospitals, long-term care, home care, community care, mental health, health clinics and so on. Restructuring powers are defined in the legislationas not only service

coordination but also mergers, amalgamations, transfers of all or part

of a service, closures of a service, and entire closures of local health

services.  In the law itself these are not simply “voluntary”, as the

Minister describes them. What is actually written in the legislation is a set of virtually unfettered powers that take away any last remaining vestiges of local control. The only public governance of health care will be from a “Super Agency” run out of Toronto.

A Gift to Giant CEOs and Large Chain Corporations That Want to Take Over Health Services

Doug Ford’s new omnibus health care bill does not add to or expand health care for people. But it does take attention away from care to restructuring without adding anything to front-line care. The evidence shows that restructuring costs a lot of money and often leads to local towns losing services.

Already the attention of every CEO and manager in the health system has turned to restructuring. The reality is, the large and the ambitious, the empire builders in the health system, will turn their attention and resources to planning takeovers of other services. The large chain for-profit corporations will seek to expand their “market share” and profits using the new opportunities afforded in this legislation.

The evidence does not support the contention that “Bigger is Better”. In fact, many towns lost local services in the last round of restructuring, never to get them back.  The Provincial Auditor reported that the last hospital restructuring cost $3.9 billion. That was billions of public dollars spent to cut $800 million and lay off nurses and staff, close down local services, then rebuild them elsewhere. That money was lost to frontline care forever.

New Bureaucracy But No Public Oversight

At the end of the years of mergers and takeovers and partnerships and so on, the current Minister envisions 30 – 50 giant health care conglomerates running virtually all services for up to 15 million Ontarians. Each conglomerate would be made up of hundreds of mergers, service transfers and takeovers, but also some separate entities. Each conglomerate will need a new tier of administration to run the relationship between its various parts of the conglomerate.

That equals 30 – 50 new uber administrations plus the mother Super Agency, as compared to 14 LHINS and 6 agencies that exist at present. Furthermore, the administration of the conglomerates will be owned by the providers themselves in their interest, not public oversight in the public interests.

This is worse not better.  You can see why the leadership of chain companies and large CEOs are salivating. They’ve just been given carte-blanche to take control over our local health care services.

No Public Consultation: Virtually All Community Control Taken Away

Virtually all the democratic protections that we won in previous legislation have been stripped in the new omnibus law. There are no open board meetings. No public right to access restructuring documents. No appeals. There is only the weakest possible language in the new legislation regarding community engagement (that’s what they now call democracy or public input). There is no evaluation system for the vast new restructuring. There was no public consultation prior to this Bill and there is no opportunity for any meaningful public input into the health system that the public funds that should be ours, as the people of Ontario.

Upheaval for Care Workers

Another half decade or more of upheaval and takeovers will be devastating to a workforce that has stretched itself for decades to do ever more.

What Can We Do

With respect that is due to them in the strongest terms possible we urge the Ford government to hit “pause”, to engage in proper public consultation and to make a new priority of actually improving access to public health care services for the people of our province.

Let’s build a massive show of strength to protect our local health care services:

RALLY

Queen’s Park

April 30 12 pm

Improve Public Health Care. No to Cuts & Privatization.

To get on a bus or to organize a people to come to the rally in your community, please see the RALLY notice on our website

for local contact numbers and information or contact us at (416) 441-2502 ohc@sympatico.ca