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Stop Healthcare Cuts and Privatization

HC1Leaders of Organizations Representing Half-a-Million Ontarians

Call for Regional Days of Action to Stop Health Care Cuts and Privatization

 

Toronto-  In response to severe hospital cuts and the threat of privatization of home care and hospital services, organizations representing hundreds of thousands of seniors, patients, health care workers, nurses, health professionals and concerned citizens have joined forces to call for mass protests in each region of Ontario.

 

In this, the eighth consecutive year of real-dollar decreases to community hospitals’ global budgets, cuts are happening everywhere. Maternity wards are under threat of closure; entire community hospitals serving hundreds of thousands of patients being closed down; outpatient clinics are being privatized, small town hospitals losing entire wards; large hospitals are facing deficits in the millions of dollars; and thousands of nurses, health professionals and hospital support staff positions being cut and eliminated. As public hospital services are being slashed, ownership and control over vital care is being privatized to for-profit companies, patients are hit with new user fees and two-tier health care is taking over. And with the recommendations of the government’s panel on home care, the last remaining public and non-profit home care services are under renewed threat of privatization.

 

“The time has come when it is our duty to stand up for the core values and priorities of our communities,” said Natalie Mehra, executive director of the Ontario Health Coalition. “Our health care is funded by the people and it should be run for the people, not for profit-seeking companies and not at the whim of political leaders who have no mandate to dismantle vital local health care. We are asking regular Ontarians from every walk of life to work together to build mass protests in each region of Ontario to raise our voices together and insist that our political leaders stop the cuts and privatization of our health care.”

 

The coalition announced the first four regional “Days of Action”: mass regional protests and citizen action days to save our communities’ public health care services.  These four Days of Action will be the first set of events. More will be announced in coming months.

 

Each Day of Action will be held at the constituency office of a senior Minister or MPP from the Ontario Liberal government in the region:

 

  • Northeastern Ontario Day of Action

MPP Glenn Thibeault’s office in Sudbury, 555 Barry Downe Road, Unit 4B, Sudbury Ontario

Friday, April 17, 12 p.m.

 

  • Hamilton/Niagara Day of Action

Friday, May 22

 

  • Ottawa and Region Day of Action

Friday, June 12

 

  • Southwestern Ontario Day of Action

Friday, June 26

 

Quotes:

 

“We must send the message to all political parties that our health is not for sale. Too many people have fought too hard and too long to end up being left with so very little. Unlike like this government, the people of Ontario think access to quality health care in their community is right and not a privilege. These hospital cuts are about two different sets of values, ours and theirs.”

Michael Butler, Health Care Campaigner, Council of Canadians

 

“Patients and families are ending up in emergency wards after being discharged too soon from hospitals to inadequate homecare. We will be working with patient advocacy groups across the province to protest further cuts to hospitals and privatization of our services. In solidarity with hospital workers, health professionals, nurses and doctors we are joining the days of action to protect patient care in this province.”

Julie Devaney, Patient with chronic care needs, Spokesperson for the Toronto Health Coalition

 

“Our coalition of senior citizens’ organization is deeply disturbed at the dismantling of our most cherished social program Medicare. Hospitals are off-loading and out-sourcing health care services previously covered under OHIP. Patients are discharged quicker and sicker while home care, meant to sustain aging at home, is being cut and privatized. The alternative to the principles of the Canada Health Act is privatized for-profit health care where you get only what you can afford. Seniors who fought for the creation of Medicare in Canada will not go quietly into the night.”

Derrell Dular, Managing Director, Older Canadians Network

 

Unifor members will be joining in the OHC Days of Action in their communities to support access and ensure the quality and safety of these vital hospital services.  Our hospitals in Ontario are critical to ensuring care for our growing and gaining population throughout the province.  Adequate funding is essential to their ability to serve that role.” Katha Fortier, Ontario Director, Unifor

 

“The registered nurses of Ontario know the impact that cuts are having on our patients. We have seen the loss of almost half a million hours of highly skilled RN care from our hospitals in 2015 alone. As ONA members and RNs, we advocate for our patients. They depend on us to speak out to protect their care more than ever.”

Linda Haslam-Stroud, President, Ontario Nurses Association

 

“Hospital staff are exhausted emotionally, seeing patients too frail and ill refused admission or sent home prematurely and abandoned, with a false promise that homecare will be in place for them. The Health Coalition’s escalation of the campaign against the hospital funding cuts has our enthusiastic support.”

Michael Hurley, President, OCHU/Canadian Union of Public Employees

 

“Families are not experiencing a transfer of services from hospital to community, but from hospital to privately paid settings outside of Medicare. This is not what Ontarians voted for.”

 Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President, Ontario Public Service Employees Union

 

For more information: Kim Johnston, Campaign Director (416) 441-2502 (office).HC4IMG_20150416_103226HC3

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Collingwood P&P visit the Courthouse, with a message

Probation Officers  take a lunch break in front of the Courthouse

Probation Officers take a lunch break in front of the Courthouse

Ontario Liberals make changes to retirement premiums for 2017

 

Ontario civil servants will pay more toward retirement benefits

Public sector employees retiring in 2017 and later will pay half of their benefits premiums

The Canadian Press Posted: Feb 18, 2014 6:54 PM ET Last Updated: Feb 18, 2014 6:54 PM ET

 Ontario Finance Minister Charles Sousa says managing compensation costs “is essential to ensuring sustainable public services that Ontarians rely on.” (CBC)

The cash-strapped governing Liberals are going to require Ontario civil servants to pay more for their retirement benefits.

The government says public sector employees retiring in 2017 and later will have to pay half of their benefits premiums for life, health, dental and vision coverage. Currently, the government pays 100 per cent of the premiums.

It says it will also change the eligibility period for retiree benefits to 20 years from 10 for workers who get hired from 2017 on.

The government says current retirees won’t be affected by the changes, which it says will bring their benefits in line with other public sector organizations. (for the full article click the link  LINK  )

Provincial Young Workers take action on a $14 per hour minimum wage

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Anyone can set up an information picket on a sunny day

Anyone can set up an information picket on a sunny day

Good jobs are under attack and in turn we are seeing more and more people being paid minimum wage. Since 2010 our minimum wage has been frozen at $10.25  an hour while the cost of living has continued to grow. The Provincial Young Workers Committee has joined forces with the Workers Action Centre in the quest to have the minimum wage raised to $14/hr. Fourteen dollars an hour would bring us 10% over the poverty line which in turn would allow people to spend more in their communities and positively increase our economy.PYC12IMG_1321

On Saturday December 14th, the Provincial Young Workers Committee offered free hot chocolate to all those walking past the corners of Dundas and Yonge at the Eaton Centre. We prepared personalized cups stating “Peace, Prosperity and a $14 minimum wage”, while encouraging people to sign the holiday cards to Premier Wynne that the Workers Action Centre had provided. We received hundreds of signatures and gave out over 800 cups of hot chocolate. We hope that everyone will visit http://raisetheminimumwage.ca/ and support this important campaign.PYC12IMG_1350 PYC12IMG_1349 PYC12IMG_1344 PYC12IMG_1341 PYC12IMG_1335 PYC12IMG_1334 PYC12IMG_1329

Region 3 Political Action Conference 22-23 November 2013

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Dear Leadership,

Are you an OPSEU activist who believes we must organize and train now to be prepared for a potential 2014 provincial election? Do you want to ensure the right people are elected so that good jobs and our economy are protected?

OPSEU members’ participation in provincial politics will be more important than ever in the year ahead. Regional Political Action Conferences are being held in each of OPSEU’s seven regions. This is your chance to develop key skills that could lead to important campaign positions leading up to the 2014 elections.

WHAT:      The Region 3 Political Action Conference

WHERE:    Ballroom – Delta Markham, 50 East Valhalla Drive, Markham (1-800-268-1133 or 905-477-2010)

WHEN:       Friday November 22, 2013 – 7:00pm – Information Session
WHEN:        Saturday November 23, 2013 Meeting – 9:00 am – 5:00 pm

KEY SESSIONS:
The Economic and Political Context for OPSEU members in 2014
What’s Involved in Election Campaigning?
Building Networks for Local Action
Social Media in the Electoral Battleground

This special conference is designed to lay the foundation for participation in upcoming political campaigns by building skills, removing barriers, and developing plans for effective grassroots action in 2014.

For members needing accommodation and/or daycare, please book and submit forms before November 15, 2013 to ensure the OPSEU rate is applied. Rooms will be released after the 15th. The OPSEU Policy regarding the 60 kl rule has been waived since there is a Friday evening session.

Please complete the attached application form to be considered for this important training event and forward it to the Oshawa Regional Office c/o Cindy Forsyth @905-720-2974
or cforsyth@opseu.org to confirm your attendance

Thank you,

Sara Labelle, Gord Longhi & Sean Platt
Your Region 3 Board Members:

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