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Health Care Support Workers' Recognition Week: October 21 - 25, 2019

October 21, 2019 at 5:08 AM

This week, we are celebrating the important and essential work of our health care support workers.

The Manitoba Government officially proclaimed the week of October 21 to 25, 2019 as Health Care Support Workers’ Recognition Week.

Local 500 represents members at Riverview Health Centre and Winnipeg Regional Health Authority, who provide a wide range of health care support services.

“Health care support workers are vital to our health care system,” said Gord Delbridge, President of CUPE Local 500. “I’m pleased to see that their contributions and commitment to patient care are being recognized and I commend our members for their dedicated efforts day in and day out.”

CUPE been calling on the government to get to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract for health care support workers. But with the government’s unconstitutional wage freeze legislation, the recent forced health care representation votes, and Pallister’s overhaul of the health care system, support workers are under more pressure than ever before.

“Health care support workers are working harder and harder with less and less under this government,” said Delbridge.  "Despite these challenges, health care support workers continue to work tirelessly every day to help deliver high quality health care to Manitoba families."

Throughout the week, information events, coffee and cake parties, open houses and displays are being organized by CUPE members to celebrate their work.

Click here to read the proclamation.