OPSEU/SEFPO members set to begin work at new Canadian Blood Services (CBS) plasma centres in Ottawa and Brampton have finalized their first collective agreement. The health care workers will begin training this month, in preparation for the opening of the plasma centres at the end of May.
The opening of the plasma centres in Ottawa and Brampton marks major progress in the plan for increasing voluntary unpaid plasma donations in Ontario. Canada has long relied on importing much of its plasma from the United States.
OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is proud that OPSEU/SEFPO members are responsible for ensuring a safe, reliable Canadian plasma supply.
“Congratulations to these dedicated health care professionals and their hardworking bargaining team!” said Thomas. “The upcoming plasma centres will contribute significantly to our health care system and we’re happy to have dedicated, trustworthy OPSEU/SEFPO members at the helm.”
Plasma supports the immune system and is important for treating disorders that result in excessive bleeding, among many other life-saving health care treatments. The health care workers will be trained as Plasma Associates, supporting the donation and production process of plasma at the CBS plasma clinics.
“Our members working at CBS have been keeping Canada’s blood supply safe and reliable for decades,” added Thomas. “It’s a comfort to know that the safety of the plasma supplied to our health care system will also be in good hands at the new plasma centres.”