OPSEU has asked the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) for a provincial multi-union consultation table.
OPSEU’s lead on EVD—the Chair of OPSEU’s Hospital Division, Sara Labelle—wrote to the OHA outlining the need for a provincial multi-union consultation table to discuss issues such as workplace mobility in the event of an outbreak, union jurisdiction, scope of practice and scheduling, to name a few of the issues that were at play during the SARS outbreak in 2003/2004. On October 17, 2014, the Minister of Health announced a “Ministry Advisory Table” that may be the table Sara requested. We will wait to see and we will continue to push for a table to discuss these important issues.
The table Sara requested is in addition to the periodic conference calls that the OHA/MOHLTC holds to update stakeholders about EVD.
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