Winnipeg – Earlier this year, the Minister of Labour declared this week, Health Care Support Workers’ Week, to acknowledge the contribution they make to Manitoba’s health care system.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) represents over 10,000 health care support workers in the province. They are using the event to reach out to the public and their workplace colleagues. For the health care support workers, this week is an opportunity to be more visible in the province’s health facilities and to explain what they do for the public.
According to Ms. Nicole Campbell, CUPE Health Care Coordinator for Manitoba, “this is a great opportunity for us to meet patients and their families, or others who we work with, on a casual and more relaxed basis. Most people know how much we matter to the health care system, but for some this is an opportunity to explain who we are and how important we are to the health of patients and the system.”
Health care support workers who are CUPE members in the province’s hospitals, clinics and Regional Health Authorities are holding a number of events this week. Some are arranging coffee and cake breaks or large displays of their work. Others are holding BBQs that are also fundraisers for local charities.
Locations and contacts for the events are available from the staff below.
For information, contact:
Nicole Campbell, CUPE Health Care Coordinator at (204) 942-0343
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications at (204) 333-5065