RALLY CUPE 1252 MAY 25

Candlelight Vigil on May 25 at 8:45 pm at Kings Square in Saint John to Mourn the Death of Public Health Care.

RALLY CUPE 4848 – May 26

CUPE 4848 is having a Rally in front of the Legislative Assembly at noon on May 26 to protest the cut of an ambulance in the Chipman area.

RALLY CUPE 1252 – MAY 28

CUPE 1252 is having a Rally in front of the Legislative Assembly at noon on May 28 to protest the cuts in Health Care.

No actual layoffs are currently planned,' Horizon says

New Brunswick Telegraph-Journal. Thu May 14 2015, Page: B6, Section: City
Byline: Derwin Gowan

ST. STEPHEN * Horizon Health Network has no "current" plans to lay off staff, according to an email from Leslie Reid, regional director, workforce relations.

She confirmed, however, that the network did issue a layoff notice as of May 1, and that discussion will resume at some point with a private company interested in providing services to some New Brunswick hospitals.

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Horizon doctors plead for action on hospital congestion

Health network's 5 acute care facilities in 'overcapacity gridlock,' say physicians in letter to officials
CBC News Posted: May 12, 2015 11:46 AM ET

news may 14 2015Doctors at the five largest hospitals in Horizon Health Network say the hospitals are operating "in a state of overcapacity gridlock" and are demanding the health authority and provincial government do something to ease the stress within the system.

"The ERs are filled with admitted patients for days, waiting to get a bed on one of the units," wrote the presidents of the medical staffs at the five hospitals in a letter to Health Minister Victor Boudreau, Social Development Minister Cathy Rogers and Horizon's board of directors and executive leadership team.

Read more at: http://www.cbc.ca/news/horizon-doctors-plead-for-action-on-hospital-congestion-1.3070919

Chipman area residents rally to save second ambulance

Posted on 5/9/2015 6:30:00 PM - khj.ca/local-news

may 11 2015

There was a rally in Chipman Saturday afternoon as area residents try to save their second ambulance.

In April, the provincial government and Ambulance New Brunswick made the decision to eliminate the second ambulance, effective mid-June.

That decision prompted outrage from elected officials and area residents, who organized Saturday's rally at the village office.

Resident Lesa McInnis told the crowd of about 100 people that her husband would not be here today without that ambulance.

Read more at: http://www.khj.ca/local-news/2015/05/09/chipman-area-residents-rally-to-save-second-ambulance

ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

ad enough is enough may 11

Health workers demonstrate in Moncton

More than 200 CUPE members march in protest of privatization

12:28 PM AT CBC News

More than 200 unionized hospital workers demonstrated in Moncton Friday over the provincial government's plans to privatize the management of non-medical services.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau announced the move last week, saying it could save millions of dollars, but may mean job losses.

The targeted support services include porters and orderlies, as well as maintenance and food service workers.

The marchers included support workers, licensed practical nurses (LPNs) and lab workers.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees members started at Crown Plaza at noon and proceeded to Moncton City Hall, where Norman Robinson, of the New Brunswick Council of Hospital Unions, addressed the crowd.

"We have statistics from across the world and across Canada to show that when private companies come in, they do things cheaper, which is going to increase the amounts of infections in hospitals," said Robinson.

"People are going to die," he said.

Boudreau has said the employees doing the work will remain unionized, public-sector workers, but there may be fewer of them.

The government is currently negotiating with a private company, but Boudreau could not say when the new management system will be put in place.

ENOUGH is ENOUGH!

ad enough is enough

CUPE rep angry with hospital service management privatization

Province says the move will save millions, but will likely mean job losses

CBC News Posted: Apr 24, 2015 10:53 PM AT Last Updated: Apr 24, 2015 10:53 PM AT

apr 27 2015 01

A union representative for non-medical services in the province's hospitals says he's frustrated with the government's decision to privatize the management of some hospital services.

Health Minister Victor Boudreau announced Thursday that the province is negotiating with a private, for-profit company to take over management of hospital operations such as food services and cleaning. These areas are currently managed in-house.

Boudreau says the move could save the province millions of dollars, but it would likely mean job losses.

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