Bulletin Archive 2021 Q1

 

Archived Bulletins: CMH | SMH | Trinity Village and Saint Luke’s Place

Here you will find the latest updates affecting the entire membership of Local 55 in all locations.

If you would like a local issue posted here, please email the article to your
Bargaining Unit President for consideration.

Posted February 2, 2022

From: Local 55 Executive

Please note that the Budget for 2022 was approved by the membership of local 55.

 

Sincerely,

Deanna Dowsett RN
Bargaining Unit President
Ontario Nurse’s Association
SMGH
Local Coordinator Local 55
SMGH, CMH, Trinity Village, St Luke’s
Local055@ona.org
519-722-4508


Posted March 2, 2021

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: FW: Media release re. protecting health-care workers from COVID-19

Good morning , please see below for important information from ona

Brenda

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President Cambridge Memorial Hospital

Local 55

519-841-3855

Ontario Nurses Association Files Judicial Review, Seeks Urgent Changes to Protect Nurses

 

TORONTO, Ont., February 25, 2021 – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has filed an urgent judicial review application to seek changes to directives to recognize and protect against the grave risks to health-care workers from COVID-19 – including aerosol and asymptomatic transmission.

“The current public health directives from Ontario Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. David Williams, are not enough to protect against a novel respiratory virus like COVID-19,” says ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN. “Ontario’s directives do not respect the precautionary principle. Instead, the directives are based on outdated science.”

McKenna notes that the infection rates in health-care workers have soared throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Current directives only recognize that COVID-19 is spread through close contact and droplets, and ONA is asking that the Superior Court order Dr. David Williams to amend the directives to explicitly recognize aerosol and asymptomatic transmission.

“Other public health agencies have recognized aerosol transmission,” says McKenna, “but Ontario has yet to update its directives to reflect this. Our health-care workers can encounter patients who can be infectious, even before they show symptoms. We must adjust those directives – there is ample scientific evidence of both aerosol and asymptomatic transmission.

“The failure of the Chief Medical Officer of Health to amend the directives, we believe, violates his legal duty under the Health Protection and Promotion Act,” says McKenna. “Orders must be consistent with the precautionary principle, which requires that health-care workers have access to airborne precautions, including N95 respirators, when dealing with known or uncertain risks of transmission.”

ONA is seeking changes to directives to require that health-care facilities provide N95 respirators and that health-care workers wear them to protect against infection in situations where there is a risk of exposure or in higher-risk health-care environments, including long-term care facilities, emergency departments, intensive care units, COVID units, COVID-19 testing sites, and other settings.

ONA notes that to date, the province has seen close to 19,000 health-care workers infected – a far higher incidence than the general population. At least 11 health-care workers have died, including one registered nurse.

ONA is the union representing more than 68,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as more than 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.


Posted January 25, 2021

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Monday, January 25
To: ONA
Subject: Vaccine / swabs

Good morning
I been advised that if you go for a vaccine or mandatory swab to put in the time including travel time if it on your day off
Please advice if me if you are denied

Brenda Pugh


Posted January 19, 2021

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Tuesday, January 19, 2021 12:03 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Supervisor pay

Good morning

As we seeing increased

Patients assignment you maybe assigned another. RN/ RPN or clinical aid to assist you with your

assignment. If the assigned staff is NOT familiar with your area please let me know as you may qualify for a supervisor premium

Brenda Pugh


Posted January 11, 2021

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Monday, January 11
To: ONA
Subject: Traditional 12 hours

If you are doing the traditional extend tour ( not 2 D2N )and you do 4 shifts in a row ie

Dec 1 overtime

Dec 2 days regular schedule

Dec 3 days regular schedule

Dec 4 days regular schedule

Please put in for overtime for 4 th shift (dec 4) – reason 4 th Shift in a row

Please let me know if you denied as we will be grieving.

Brenda Pugh


Posted January 5, 2021

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Tuesday, January 05
To: ONA
Subject: 2D2N

Hi

Just a reminder that if you do a shift prior to you 2D2N

Remember to put in for overtime for the the 5 th shift  ie

Dec 1 overtime

Dec 2 day

Dec 3 day

Dec 4 night

Dec 5 night- put in for overtime

As I previously emailed ONA has had a successful arbitration on this at Homewood hospital, so we will now be grieving

Please

Let me know when you been denied

Brenda Pugh


Posted December 24, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: new email address

As you may be aware I gave up my ONA position of local coordinator , therefore effective Jan 1 my new email will be

Local055BUP455@ona.org

You can still reach me through the hospital email or call or text 519-841-3855

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.
ONA President Cambridge Memorial Hospital
Local 55
519-841-3855


Posted December 21, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: redeployment

Hi,

If you have been redeployed to Cambridge Country manor, and it was NOT voluntary can you please email me the date you were sent and any concerns re training or safety issues or any issues I need to be aware of

Thanks
Brenda Pugh R.N.
ONA President CMH
Local Coordinator local 55
519-841-3855


Posted December 10, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Cc: Deanna King
Subject: professional practice forms (unsafe forms)

Good morning ,

We are seeing an increase in units working short, skill mix issues and surging in beds with no increase in staff, and it important to protect yourself by completing your professional practice forms(unsafe forms).

Complete the following steps

–          Discuss on the unit, solutions i.e. changing of assignment,

–          If no solution is found you MUST notify your manger and if it is after hours the shift administrator OR the manger on call- even if it is 0400 as we need to notify the manger that you are unsafe, and notify them of steps you tried to take i.e. assignment change but you are still unsafe

–          If the manger or manger on call has no solution complete your form and provide your manger a copy and send me one as well via hospital mail  to Brenda Pugh union office

–          If you are to busy to complete the form that shift, as long as you called the manger or manger on call you can take the form home and complete and return it on your next shift

If you like more information on the process you can visit www.ona.org and under education there are 30 minute education session you can do.

Or if call  me or email me if you have any questions

Brenda Pugh R.N.
ONA President CMH
Local Coordinator local 55
519-841-3855


Posted November 26, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: retention of RN

Good morning

I like to follow up on my previous email re internships at CMH, and ask you what can ONA do to help improve your work life .

In the New Year we will  be negotiating our local contract, let me know if there any language you like us to look at.

As well I sit on health and safety and the professional practice committee, if you have any suggestions or concerns you want me to take forward let me know

Looking forward to hearing from you

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted November 25, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: ppe

Good morning

As you are aware directive 5 states for PPE , it based on YOUR assessment whether you need and N95

Have you been denied a N95 mask or had issues when you wanted a new mask

Let me know

Brenda

 

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: INCREASE PT

Good morning,

I hearing that some areas are increasing there patients by 1-3 with no increase in the staffing.

If this is happening and the workload is unsafe please complete your unsafe workforms!!

Include  examples ie delayed meds, treatment, pt assessment, no breaks

Please contact me if you have concerns

Brenda

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: PROFESSIONAL PRACTICE FORM

Please remember when you complete a professional practice form ( unsafe work form ) please leave a copy for your manger ,

The manger needs to have a copy to respond and send to HR so we can review them at hospital association

Brenda

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: MEMBERSHIP

Good afternoon,

If you have not signed an ONA membership form, please let me know an I send you a form and RN ID badge

Please let me know what area you work in

Brenda

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: working conditions

When you complete your unsafe forms your manger should respond to you regarding strategies to  prevent the unsafe situation and work on solutions to prevent it from reoccurring.

The forms are reviewed at hospital association where we review the manger response and look for any other solutions or trends .

Over the last few months, I been noticing the trend, of working short due to sick calls, shifts unfilled, and skill mix issues.

We are seeing a shortage of RN , and the regional hospital are all seeing the same

To help with recruitment  ONA has agree to  internships throughout CMH- ICu.ER. PACU,MEDICINE, in hopes we can get RN to work at CMH

 

If you have any suggestion please let me know, there nothing worse then starting your shift short,

Looking forward to hearing from you

 

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted November 10, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
To: ONA
Subject: important

Hi

I have recently sent out request for ONA vacancies on multiple committees  , just to clarify the term starts JAN 1 2021, and due to covid most of these meeting will be done by teleconference, or zoom, unless something changes, which may allow you to apply as you can attend from home, and you will still be paid.

Scheduling Committee

We have 1 vacancy on our schedule committee

The committee meets monthly, to review any schedule, review schedule policies

Meeting is 1 hour monthly, time paid

Negotiations

We have 1 vacate position on our local negotiations team.

ONA will provide paid education,

Human Rights

We have 1 position available for our human rights rep.

ONA pays for education, paid 1 day conference, opportunity to connect with other ONA human rights leaders,

Health and Safety

ONA has 2 vacant position on the health and safety committee.

This is a very important committee where we want to ensure we have strong representation  especially with covid

This committee meets monthly- time paid, as well as paid prep time,

I also will be at the meeting so you will have support

ONA provides paid education as well as 1 day paid conference yearly

This is a great opportunity, I would encourage charge nurse to consider this committee , to increase your knowledge for keeping your staff safe.

Professional Practice

We have 2  ONA vacancies on this committee

This committee has RN/RPN , mangers ,directors and lead by CNO , meets monthly for 8hrs(paid) to discuss all professional issues impacting nursing at CMH . this is very exciting committee and allows you to meet with nurses across the building

Hospital Association

We have 1 position available on our hospital association committee.

This committee meets monthly , time paid

Hospital association committee review all professional practice forms( unsafe forms,) look for trends, make suggestion. This committee reviews any issue that may impact on RN, skills, new programs, for example

Please email me by Nov 30 1200 hrs if interested

If interested please email me by Nov 30 1200 hrs

thanks

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted November 10, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: floor reps

Hi

We have multiple areas that need floor reps

This job is not a big commitment, your role will be to communicate any changes ie staffing, workload, or any other issues to the ONA executive, so that we know what going on in your area. You are NOT responsible for any grievance, disciplines

We will give you $100 gift card yearly as a thank you

Reps needed in

–          Mental health             – OR/PACU/RECovery                    -peds

–          OB                                 -RESOURCE TEAM                          -MDC

–          ICU                                -ER                                                    -INPT SURGURE

–          MED A                           – MED B                                           -REHAB

If interested please email me by Nov 30 by 1200 hrs

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted Sep 1, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: election officer

Good morning

We need a volunteer to be our election officer for our ONA elections which will be held Nov 23

Only requirement is that you are NOT running for any ONA positions

 

Duties- receive nominations and post candidates names, and be available Nov 23 for the election(if you are working we get you a union leave, pay kept whole, and if it a day off we pay for your day

If you are interested please send me an email by Sept  14 2020

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted Aug 18, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Subject: local contact

Hi

Just a reminder we will be voting on our local contract Aug 27 from 0700-1500

I be sending out the location shortly

As well it will be a drop in session for any questions ,

And you will be able to also sign your ona membership form, and get your ONA RN ID

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted Aug 13, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Thursday, August 13, 2020 1:45 PM
Subject: Important re pandemic pay

 

As you are aware the pandemic pay is $4 hour- and ONA believes we should be getting $6 for OT and $8 for double time

CMH does NOT agree with ONA

WE have filed a grievance!! BUT can you please email me the dates you did overtime and if it was double time or 11/2

As well We also filed a grievance for the RN who did not get any pandemic pay

I keep you up to date on the grievance

Brenda Pugh



Posted June 10, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh <BPugh@cmh.org>
Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2020 11:56 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Central contact

 

Good morning

The arbitration award is on ONA website wwwona.org

For you to review

ONA is very disappointed with this award as we were held at 1 %

Today I be attending an information session on new contact and will be communicating the changes

Any questions let me know

Brenda Pugh

Cmh Ona pres


Posted, May 22, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 4:07 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Hand sanitizer

 

Good afternoon

In CMH last communication they announced that next week they would be changing our hand sanitizer as the supply is running low

ONA has major concerns with this as there are risk to pregnant workers, as well if you have cuts on your hands you should not use it and we are concerned  everyone hands are dry and cracked from increases cleaning

Today myself and our labor office discussed these concerns, and I keep you up to date with the hospital response and plans going forward

Brenda Pugh

Ona pres cmh

 


From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Friday, May 22, 2020 4:11 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Rashes from mask

 

I have heard that some staff are getting a rash on there face from wearing the mask

If this is happening please contact employee health and complete a wsib form

You may have to ask for a different mask, be accommodated or contact your MD for treatment

Any questions let me know

Brenda

 


Posted, May 11, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Monday, May 11, 2020 12:11 PM
To: ONA
Subject: nurse week

 

I want to wish everyone a happy nurses week!

As you are aware we had to cancel our regional nurse pub night due to covid 19 , but hopefully in the fall we can have a celebration,

Everyone be safe

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted, May 8, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Friday, May 08, 2020 10:46 AM
To: ONA
Subject: FW: 20200504_LieuTimeLOU

 

Good morning,

I need to clarify that the pause in the lieu time is for ALL RN not just the OR /PACU

Sorry for any confusion

Thanks to the OR/PACU for bring this issue to my attention, and we are pleased we could get settlement on this.  As you can imagine the pandemic is a new experience and we never experience anything like this. If there is any other issues that I need to be aware of please let me know

As you are aware we have grieved the delay of our approved vacation book delay till may 31 and are not in agreement with no vacation approvals for the next schedule and are trying to resolve this

The government has extend the emergency act till MAY 21 – if you have vacation booked between now and the MAy 21 please speak with your manger to see if it still approved

Any issue email

Be safe

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855

 

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Thursday, May 07, 2020 2:16 PM
To: ONA
Subject: FW: 20200504_LieuTimeLOU

 

Attention OR,PACU,

Please see the attached minutes of settlement regarding your 120 days in which you can bank you lieu time

We have come to a settlement that from March17- July 15 2020 we have paused the 120 days due to covid 19.

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Posted, May 7, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh

Sent: Wednesday, May 06, 2020 12:19 PM
To: ONA
Subject: ONA general meeting

 

Hi

Just to let you know we cancelled our ONA membership meeting for May 14

We will rebook when able

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted, April 26, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 10:27 AM
To: ONA
Subject: FW: Leadership Summit EOI 2020

 

Good Morning

Please see the following email regarding “free leadership summit for ONA- if you have any questions let me know.

We will cover your salary and expense if you attend, we had member from CMH attend in the past and have said it was an excellent week

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855

 

Hello ONA Leaders,

On behalf of Bernie Robinson, Vice-President Education, I am sending you important information regarding the application process for the Leadership Summit 2020.

Here you will find the links for the 3 streams which include: Expression of Interest form and funding details. Application criteria information is attached. All applications must be received by Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1200hrs.

 

Leadership Summit Application Criteria

 

Activist Stream – https://www.ona.org/activist-stream-leadership/

Novice Stream – https://www.ona.org/novice-stream-leadership/

Advanced Stream – https://www.ona.org/advanced-stream-leadership/

Any questions should be directed to LDRCON@ona.org.

The Leadership Summit will be held at Oakwood Resort in Grand Bend September 21 – 25, 2020. It is a great opportunity for members to build relationships, share information and experiences.

Participants will arrive on Monday, September 21 and depart on Friday, September 25. Approval for special requests for additional accommodation should be directed to Lynda Hoff at lyndah@ona.org for prior approval. The program runs from noon on the Monday to Friday at 1130.

Please share with your members at all levels!

Remember, the deadline to apply is Friday, May 15, 2020 at 1200hrs.

Thanks

Vicki

 

Vicki McKenna, RN
President

Ontario Nurses’ Association
85 Grenville Street, Suite 400
Toronto, ON M5S 3A2

416-964-8833 ext. 2314
toll free 1 800 387 5580

email: vickim@ona.org
www.ona.org


From: Brenda Pugh <BPugh@cmh.org>
Sent: Sunday, April 26, 2020 10:17 AM
To: ONA
Subject: FW: ONA – Annual Vacation Book – Posting Date

 

Good morning

Regarding the below statement

  • Annual Vacations – As per the ONA Local Collective agreement, the approved annual vacation books were to be posted no later than April 30th.  Please note that the Hospital is deferring the posting of these vacation books until May 30th, 2020.

ONA has filed a grievance regarding the delay of our vacation request till MAY 30, and I will keep you up to date as the grievance proceeds

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted, April 21, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Tuesday, April 21, 2020 5:46 PM
To: ONA
Subject: denial of mask

 

Good afternoon

 

As you are aware we are admitting more covid 19 patient , and that you should be doing a patient contact risk assessment and  YOU should decide what type of PPE equipment you need based on your professional assessment of the risk

If you are denied a N95 mask please text me 5198413855

 

 

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted, April 3, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Friday, April 03, 2020 2:51 PM
Subject: treasure

Hi

Our  treasurer Tara Farias has resigned from her position of treasurer- we want to thank her for all her hard work over the years

We are now looking to replace -If you are interest in the treasure position please email by APRIL 20 2020 at 1200

This position is for the remainder of 2020 – to finish the term as we be holding elections this fall.

You will be part of our executive which includes St Mary’s, Saint Luke’s and Trinity Village , education will be provided.

If any questions please email

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55 


Posted, March 24, 2020

Hello ONA members,

This communication is the first of many to keep you updated on the actions that ONA is taking on your behalf.

First, I want to take this opportunity to thank each and every one of you for your tremendous courage and commitment to your patients.

Ontarians need every nurse and health-care professional to be screening and treating COVID-19 patients with the proper personal protective equipment (PPE) in place.

Safeguarding ONA members and our health-care workforce to provide care for Ontarians is our paramount priority.

On March 17, the Government of Ontario declared an emergency under the Emergency Management and Civil Protection Act. This is in effect until March 31 when it will be reassessed.

ONA has been part of daily teleconference briefings, and we have a seat at multiple government tables.

ONA is closely monitoring this evolving situation, and has initiated a special internal task force to respond, as quickly as we can, to the threat of the emerging coronavirus.

Below are the top five things that we believe you need to know about COVID-19 at this time.

1. Minister’s Order for Redeployment of Nurses and Health-Care Professionals

On March 21 at 9:20 p.m., the Solicitor General issued an Order under the province’s March 17, 2020 declaration of emergency. This temporary order, for 14 days, gives hospitals the ability to cancel and postpone services to free-up space and staff, identify staffing priorities, and develop, modify and implement redeployment plans.

Under this temporary Order, hospitals will be able to respond to, prevent and alleviate an outbreak of COVID-19 by carrying out measures such as:

  • Redeploying staff within different locations in (or between) facilities of the hospital;
  • Redeploying staff to work in COVID-19 assessment centres;
  • Changing the assignment of work, including assigning non-bargaining unit employees or contractors to perform bargaining unit work;
  • Changing the scheduling of work or shift assignments;
  • Deferring or cancelling vacations, absences or other leaves, regardless of whether such vacations, absences or leaves are established by statute, regulation, agreement or otherwise;
  • Employing extra part-time or temporary staff or contractors, including for the purpose of performing bargaining unit work;
  • Using volunteers to perform work, including to perform bargaining work; and
  • Providing appropriate training or education as needed to staff and volunteers to achieve the purposes of a redeployment plan.

ONA has now had a discussion with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) to determine if we can negotiate principles provincially. This will not happen. We have developed some principles to discuss at the bargaining unit level with your ONA Labour Relations Officer to ensure members’ voice is represented. Ideally, this may help with some coordination across hospital employers when they take actions on redeployment.

I know that you and your colleagues will do everything you can to assist with this pandemic, but I also know you need proper personal protective equipment (PPE), including N95s, and training if you are deployed or reassigned to a higher-risk area than your regular assignment.

I will continue to keep you updated as we progress with our negotiations on implementation of the government’s Order.

2. Proper Personal Protective Equipment

I have been very clear in stating ONA’s position to all levels of government: every nurse or health-care professional screening or treating a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient needs to have access to fit-tested N95 or better protection, as warranted.

We advised the government that all of our members – each of you – are determined to provide the very best care and services to Ontarians.

However, as we learned all too well during the 2003 SARS crisis in Ontario, we need to ensure that each of you are cared for and protected from contracting COVID-19, if you are all to remain on the front lines of this pandemic.

To date, we have seen conflicting scientific research that shows how COVID-19 is transmitted.

We agree the virus is likely spread through droplets but there is evidence that it is also borne through the air.

We do not agree the recommendations in Directive #1 from the Chief Medical Officer of Health (see ONA’s website: www.ona.org/coronavirus) provide the proper personal protective equipment when screening or treating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients.

For this reason, we are following the recommendations from the SARS Commission that when the science is conflicting and uncertain, every precaution has to be taken to keep health-care workers safe.

To be very clear, we are not calling for every single health-care worker to don an N95 respirator or better.

However, every nurse or health-care professional screening or treating a suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patient needs to have access to at least a fit-tested N95 or better protection.

Again and again, it’s been shown that when health-care workers are safe, patients are safe.

If a shortage of proper personal protective equipment arises, then the government and employers need to implement other options and engineering measures that can be taken to prevent transmission of COVID-19 during screening – plexiglass barriers, for example.

We cannot afford to have the very same argument in this province that we had during SARS.

We have learned the hard way – with the deaths of two registered nurses during SARS – that the precautionary principle is paramount.

We continue to call on government, employers and public health leaders to work with us to avoid the unnecessary further spread of COVID-19.

We also need to ensure clear, consistent and mandatory directives to employers across all health-care sectors and sites.

3. Self-Isolation after International Travel or Exposure to Confirmed COVID-19 Cases

It is ONA’s position that all nurses and health-care workers must self-isolate for 14 days after returning to Canada from international travel, including travel from the United States.

The recommendations released by the Chief Medical Officer of Health on March 19 are not directives to health-care employers. Therefore, employers are able to exempt staff from the requirement to self-isolate, after international travel, if designated as essential and critical to the employer’s operations.

ONA believes this is a mistake and will needlessly expose health-care workers and patients to COVID-19, even if health-care workers are not showing symptoms when they are ordered to return to work after international travel.

We also believe that the recommendations should be made mandatory and extended to self-isolation for any health-care worker who has been exposed to confirmed cases of COVID-19.

4. ONA Members who are immunosuppressed (or for family members) or Pregnant

It is ONA’s position that any ONA member who has an immunosuppressed or immunocompromised condition or pregnant should be speaking with their Bargaining Unit President for assistance to be accommodated into a low-risk or administrative area. If you face any issues of being accommodated, please also speak with your Bargaining Unit President.

5. Managing Supplies, Including PPE

While ONA’s position remains that every nurse and health-care professional must have access to fit-tested N95s or better protection if screening or treating suspected or confirmed COVID-19 patients, we also believe that there may be ways to implement administrative measures and engineering controls, such as plexiglass barriers, to conserve supplies and PPE.

We also agree that ONA members must be good stewards of available supply of PPE and other supplies, while maintaining your safety. Access to N95s must be readily available.

Summary of Our Lobby and ONA Actions to Date

At ONA, our number one priority is speaking out and protecting our members to keep them healthy and safe so they can continue to provide care on the front lines.

As a result, we have taken a number steps to provide communications to our local leaders and members to keep everyone updated on emerging issues and evolving developments.

We have developed a dedicated webpage on our main website: www.ona.org/coronavirus. This web page houses all documents issued by the Ontario government and communications from ONA.

ONA held a telephone town hall and Facebook Live event with our members at the end of January, and again on March 17. The audio files of this town hall are posted on Facebook and on our dedicated web page.

ONA Leadership has been actively raising issues at all government tables where we have a seat. ONA Leadership is in constant communication with senior government officials – from the Premier’s office to the Minister of Health to the Chief Medical Officer of Health.

ONA’s President is responding to multiple requests from provincial media throughout the day. I can tell you that I am doing extensive media interviews to get out our messages on PPE and the protection of front-line staff from exposure to COVID-19.

All media releases responding to government actions are housed on our main web page under the media room.

ONA has launched an online email campaign to advocate for proper PPE for our members.

ONA is also working with our labour allies, including holding a joint media conference to advocate for proper PPE.

The Presidents of ONA and three other health-care unions also held a teleconference directly with the Minister of Health to press for proper PPE.

In addition, ONA is working with the official opposition to raise our issues at any tables with government and with their media work.

Directions on labour relations matters have been sent to staff labour relations officers and to ONA bargaining unit presidents on almost a daily basis, including grievance language and processes for health and safety complaints.

ONA is developing a litigation strategy that may include a central rights arbitration for our hospital sector and a possible injunction to await the results stemming from the arbitration.

ONA is participating in daily teleconferences with government officials that provide an update on government priority work for that day.

Conclusion

In summary, the major issues that have arisen in addition to the supply of and access to proper PPE, include:

  • The issue of droplet versus airborne precautions and proper PPE. ONA’s view is that the virus is spread by droplets but may be borne by air.
  • The issue of nurses and health-care workers returning from international travel and the requirement for self-isolation for 14 days. We now have forced the government to issue guidance but it is not a mandatory directive to hospitals and other employers. It requires self-isolation and not returning to work if sick, but it allows employers to determine and to exempt essential staff critical to their operations.
  • Already some hospitals have been designating all nurses and health-care workers as essential. This approach is needlessly risky and potentially spreading exposure to the virus.
  • The capacity (including a shortage of swabs) to test cases showing COVID-19 symptoms and who are under investigation is being stretched, including access to a telehealth line for advice.

ONA will continue to advocate on behalf of the health and safety of our members, including up to their limited right to refuse unsafe work assignments.

Please keep yourself informed as best as possible.

As information becomes available, the ONA website is being updated as quickly as possible – it is your best resource for new information.

As a reminder, please visit: www.ona.org/coronavirus.

Stay safe and stay protected.

Thank you for your tremendous courage, and your dedication to your profession and your patients.

Vicki McKenna, RN
President
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA)


Posted March 24, 2020

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: Monday, March 23, 2020 9:29 AM
Subject: Updates

Hi

I sure a lot of you have heard about the government announcement about the hospital ability to reassign hospital staff

ONA held a teleconference last night and we will be putting out communication ASAP to keep you informed

We are reviewing a lot of emails and are working to respond ASAP

As well myself and the labor office will be meeting with CMH twice a week to discuss arising issue

Please let me know if you have any issues getting N95 mask- should be warn if screening , suspected or looking after patients with the virus

Stay safe

Brenda Pugh


To: ONA <ONA@cmh.org>
Cc: ‘Adele Churchill (adelec@ona.org)’ <adelec@ona.org>
Subject: we hear you!!!

 

Posted February 6, 2020

Good morning

We are hearing your concerns and seeing the increase in  professional practice forms( workload forms ) and we want to  help your areas find solution and improve your work life.

On Friday Feb 21 from 0900- 1600 myself, Michele and our labor officer will be in the union office for drop in education and strategy planning sessions.  We will be in the union office ( by the auditorium across from washroom) .

Please drop in for a few minutes on your break ,lunch, if it your day off- children are welcome

Hope to see you

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted January 23, 2020

Sent: Thursday, January 23, 2020 10:49 AM
To: ONA <ONA@cmh.org>
Subject: update

Good morning

I just want to update you on a few items

–          The RN ID badges will be arriving shortly- for those who did not get one- I  will send an email out when they arrive and how to get yours

–          Local negotiations start in Feb- we will send out communication  as we progress

–          We hearing there are safety concerns re staffing in some of the new areas – please remember to do your professional practice forms(unsafe forms) as we need the documentation to move forward- if  you like to discuss specific issues please email me

–          This will be my last year as your bargaining president .

You will be noticing I coping  Michele Kumbera our vice president on emails and she is responding to your emails and handling some grievance. Please continue to email your concerns and issues

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted November 6, 2019

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: November-05-19 11:29 AM
To: ONA
Subject: local contract

 

Local Negations will commence in February 2020 and your team is getting ready and we need your help

Please see the answer the following question , and send your response to local055@ona.org – do not use hospital email

  1. Is there new language you want to add? If yes why
  2. Do you find any articles in the local contact unclear, or difficult to understand- what can we do to clarify
  3. Would you like language change- if so yes

Please send all responds to local055@ona.org

By November 20

thanks

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted November 6, 2019

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: November-05-19 11:03 AM
To: ONA
Cc: Cathy Vandervoort; Susan Toth
Subject: ONA health and safety rep

 

I pleased to announce that Angela Taylor OB , and Susan Cooke will be our ONA health and safety reps

Thanks to all those who put their name forward

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted September 6, 2019

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: September-16-19 1:51 PM
To: ONA
Subject: ona bursary

 

Good afternoon,

Please disregard my previous email- it accidently sent with no message

I pleased to announce we will be offering an ONA bursary to attend our ONA biannual conference in Toronto on Nov 26-28

The winner will receive  3 paid days(if working pay will be kept whole ona will reimburse cmh- if off you get paid 7.5 hrs to attend meeting.

We will pay for your hotel, meals and travel as well.

If you are interested in applying please send me an email- including why you like to attend, any ONA education or committee you been involved in or would to get involved

Anyone who is interest please submit your email by sept 30-  at 1200 hrs

Any questions please email me

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855


Posted June 1, 2019

Nurses week pictures can be viewed here

ONA’s win in pay equity for nursing homes and other news available here


From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: April-18-19 8:51 AM
To: ONA
Subject: nurse week

 

Good morning.

I pleased to announce that we will be holding our nurse week pub night on Thursday May 9

At the Edelweiss  Tavern in Kitchener

We will  be having a joint event with – St Mary, KW, Guelph  General, Homewood, the regional public health , and CCAC

Tickets are$5.00 and your ticket includes

–          1 alcohol/non-alcoholic drink

–          Food

–          Live music

–          Door prizes

 

This will be a fun evening to celebrate nursing with our RN friends across the region

For tickets please text me at  519 -841-3855 – FYI tickets are limited so please contact me ASAP

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

519-841-3855

 


 Posted February 27, 2019

Hi
I will be away from Feb 19- March 26 inclusive
I will not be responding to any email, please contact  Michele Kumbera for urgent issues.
Brenda Pugh
Local 55 L.C
CMH baragining unit pres,

 


Posted February 12, 2019

Canada’s nurses have launched a national petition on violence against health care workers, sponsored by Doug Eyolfson, Member of Parliament for Charleswood-St. James-Assiniboia-Headingley.

Petition E-1902 calls upon the Minister of Health to develop a pan-Canadian prevention strategy to address growing incidents of violence against health care workers.

“From St. John’s to Victoria, nurses and frontline health care workers go to work every day knowing they may be verbally or physically assaulted,” says CFNU President Linda Silas. “Individual workplaces have been tackling this crisis in isolation, but we need a pan-Canadian strategy to bring governments, employers, unions and frontline workers together to finally put a stop to violence in health care.”

Silas and Eyolfson encourage Canadians to sign this important petition to show that we care for the dedicated frontline workers who provide care for us.

Petition details: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Details?Petition=e-1902

Direct link to sign: https://petitions.ourcommons.ca/en/Petition/Sign/e-1902

 


Posted January 3, 2019

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-02-19 10:43 AM
To: ONA
Cc: Michelle Kumbera
Subject: email

Happy New Year,

I want to welcome Michelle Kumbera into her new role as ONA vice president!!

As Part of Michelle training you will see that I will be coping her on my emails responses to you,

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

 


From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-02-19 9:43 AM
To: ONA
Subject: floor rep

 

Good Morning

I pleased to announce that Adrienne Randell is the floor rep for OR/PACU/SDC

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55


Posted November 25, 2018

Election results Local 55, 2019-2020 term

Results of our local 55 elections have been updated on each individual bargaining unit page.

The voting results for local coordinator can be found here


Posted September 20, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: September-17-18 7:18 AM
To: ONA
Subject: notice of elections

 

Good Morning

Local 055 elections will take place on November 5 2018 from 0700 to 1900 at CMH

All nominations forms must be sent to Chery Adams on peds no later than October 10 at 1200 hrs

Candidates’ names will be posted on Oct 22 2018 with election on Nov 5 2018

Nomination forms are posted on our website local55.ona.org as well as I be dropping of forms today

 

Brenda

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

510-841-3855


Posted September 1, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: August-29-18 12:51 PM
To: ONA
Subject: election officer

 

Hi,

We will be having election this fall for all ONA executive and committee members and floor reps

The first step is to choose an election officer,

The only criteria for this position is that you are not running for any ONA positions( you receive $50 gift card for volunteering)

If interested please email me by sept 14 at 1200 hrs

 

Brenda Pugh R.N.

ONA President CMH

Local Coordinator local 55

510-841-3855


Posted September 1, 2018

Labour Day is a statutory holiday that takes place on the first Monday in September. While many Canadians may simply think of Labour Day as the unofficial end to the summer, it is actually a day of great significance for the labour movement and workers’ rights.

In 1872, at a time when unions were still illegal in Canada, a demonstration was held in support of striking workers from the Toronto Typographical Union who were fighting for a shorter work week. What began as a group of 2,000 workers marching through the city streets became a parade of 10,000, standing together at Queen’s Park in solidarity.Prime Minister John A. Macdonald sided with the workers and eventually passed the Trade Union Act which repealed outdated laws and decriminalized unions.

The events in Toronto showed the power of workers to influence public opinion and shape policy through solidarity. Parades supporting and celebrating workers’ rights became annual traditions across Canada, and in 1894 the Sir John Thompson government passed a law making Labour Day an official statutory day in recognition of the contribution workers made to the labour movement and workers’ rights.

Source: ONA
Other links:
ONA has had many, many successes and winsin upholding members’ contract rights. We continue to work on behalf of all of our members.

local55.ona.org
Your go to place for most of your questions


Posted August 1, 2018

Hospital Bargaining Updates

Click here to read the hospital decision by Arbitrator Kaplan and the summary document.

Click here for all Hospital and Nursing Home bargaining updates

Nurses week 2018 pictures


Posted April 11, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: April-11-18 11:08 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Local contact important

Good morning

I’m pleased to announce that ONA and Cambridge Memorial Hospital have have reached a settlement with our local contract

We will be holding a ratification vote on Monday April 23rd from 0700 to  1900  hours in the union office located across from the washroom by the auditorium

Your local negotiation team will present the proposed changes to the contract and you will be allowed to vote at that time .

Our negotiation team supports the new contract and hope that you will be pleased with the changes

Looking forward to seeing you at the meeting

Brenda Pugh ona president cmh

Posted April 9, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: April-09-18 1:51 PM
To: EDRNs
Subject: schedule

Hi

ONA has filed a grievance regarding the unfilled shifts for your next schedule,

The hospital has violated the minutes of settlement that we signed re professional practice(unsafe forms), that stated all shifts were to filled prior to posting of the schedule

Remember to keep doing your unsafe forms

I let you know our progress on this issue

Brenda Pugh RN

CMH ONA local president

ONA local 55 coordinator

Posted March 7, 2018

Dear ONA Member,

Your employer has proceeded with their new ID badge initiative despite counter advice from ONA, OPSEU, SEIU Healthcare and employee representatives on the Joint Health and Safety Committee.

On February 23, 2018, Arbitrator William Marcotte, in OPSEU vs Cambridge Memorial Hospital, found the hospital’s new name tag policy to be unreasonable under the KVP test and to be in breach of s. 25(2)(h) of Ontario Health and Safety Act. In the ruling, he directed that current hospital policy and practices continue to apply to OPSEU members and he recommended that a risk assessment of the hospital’s name tag policy be conducted.

ONA’s arbitration hearing is scheduled for June; SEIU Healthcare’s arbitration hearing will be in July.

ONA asked the hospital to immediately suspend the issuance of its new employee ID badges that commenced on February 26 and is to conclude on March 9. Moreover, your union asked the hospital to reverse its decision to show both first and last names on employee ID badges. It is believed the hospital will only apply the above ruling, for now, to OPSEU members.

Please note, the hospital has not responded to your union’s inquiries at labour management meetings regarding the hospital’s commitment to accommodate the safety and privacy of employees with “special circumstances” which is consistent with CMH’s overall dismissal of employee concerns as “tenuous at best.”

In contrast, Arbitrator Marcotte found that the requirement to have first and last names on name tags is a new safety risk for employees. With full names on ID badges, stalkers and disgruntled individuals can more easily discover additional personal information through the internet and modern technology. While the likelihood of increased risk may be low, the consequences may be serious for the employee and the employee’s family.

The hospital has procedures in place concerning workplace safety risks, but they do not consider the new risk created by its name tag policy and are reactive in nature. ONA believes that any perceived benefit that may exist due to full names appearing on ID badges is overshadowed by the increased unease and vulnerability employees feel outside of the workplace.

As this matter continues to unfold, any employee who feels that an unnecessary risk to personal safety is being taken by having both their first and last name appear on their ID badge should immediately communicate their concern to their manager and a steward.

If you have any questions, or any incidents in which you want to share with ONA, do not hesitate to contact your Bargaining Unit President, Brenda Pugh at Local055@ona.org or in Brenda’s absence, Deanna King at deannak@ona.org

In Solidarity,

Deanna

Deanna King, RN

Labour Relations Officer
55 Head Street West, Suite 306
Dundas, ON L9H 3H8

Email: deannak@ona.org
Phone: 905-628-0850 Ext. 5047
or 1-800-387-5580, Press ‘1’ for English, press ‘1’ for Hamilton, Ext. 5047
Fax: 905-628-2557
“If you don’t like something, change it. If you can’t change it, change your attitude. “
Maya Angelou

Posted January 16, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-15-18 9:01 AM
To: ONA
Cc: Brenda Pugh
Subject: secretary

Hi

I pleased to announce that Erin Ariss from St Marys is our local new secretary for 2018

Thanks to all those that applied

 

Brenda Pugh RN

CMH ONA local president

ONA local 55 coordinator

519-841-3855

local055@ona.org

Posted January 4, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-04-18 11:04 AM
To: ONA
Subject: bill 148

 

Good morning

As you may be aware bill 148 came into effect January 1 and has changes, to personal leave and requirement for sick notes

ONA will be getting back to us how this will impact us , as it relates to our collective agreement

I let you know asap the implications to us

 

Brenda Pugh RN

CMH ONA local president

ONA local 55 coordinator

519-841-3855

local055@ona.org

Posted January 2, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-02-18 11:01 AM
To: ONA
Cc: Brenda Pugh
Subject: FW: treasurer

 

Good morning

Due to a vacancy our local which is made up of- CMH, St Mary’s, St Luke’s and trinity village is looking for a secretary

You will receive paid time and education,

 

Please complete this form and email to me or place under union office door( across from washroom by the auditorium)

Please complete by January 12 at 1200hrs, any questions please email me

 

Brenda Pugh RN

CMH ONA local president

ONA local 55 coordinator

519-841-3855

local055@ona.org

Posted January 2, 2018

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-02-18 10:55 AM
To: ONA
Cc: Brenda Pugh
Subject: treasurer

 

Good Morning

I pleased to announce that Tara Farias has been appointed our treasure for our local for the term of 2018, as you are aware Tara has been on our executive for 2 terms as a secretary, and now taking on this new exciting role . congratulations Tara!!

Thanks to everyone who put their name forward.

Our local will now be looking for a secretary for the 2018- an expression of interest form will be emailed shortly for this position

 

Brenda Pugh RN

CMH ONA local president

ONA local 55 coordinator

519-841-3855

local055@ona.org

Posted December 12, 2017

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: December-12-17 9:48 AM
To: ONA
Subject: treasurer

 

Good morning

Due to a retirement our local which is made up of- CMH, St Mary’s, St Luke’s and trinity village is looking for a treasurer

You will receive paid time and education, as well as mentorship from our previous treasurer

Duties monthly payroll, expenses, and year-end audit ( assist our auditor)

Please complete this form and email to me or place under union office door (across from washroom by the auditorium)

Please complete by Dec 21 at 1200hrs, any questions please email me

 

Brenda Pugh RN

CMH ONA local president

ONA local 55 coordinator

519-841-3855

local055@ona.org

Posted December 7, 2017

At the biennial convention

 

 

Posted June 8, 2017
Local: CMH
From: Antonie Mulder
Sent: June-06-17 11:05 AM
To: ONA
Subject: ONA meeting for Mental Health Unit and 4B surgery June 16

Hi all.

On Friday June 16 there will be a meeting for ONA members of the Mental Health Unit and 4B surgery to address the professional practice concerns you have identified on your units.

At 16:00 we will meet with the Mental Health Nurses regarding a settlement for their professional practice.

At 18:00 we will meet with the 4B Surgery RNs

This meeting will be attended by ONA’s Professional Practice Rep, Tammy Lowe and our Labour Relations Officer, Deanna King.

Please plan to attend before or after shift as they will discuss professional practice concerns that you have identified and the next steps in the process of an IAC (Independent Assessment Committee).

Thanks and hope to see you all !!

 

Antonie Mulder

local55.ona.org
Your go to place for most of your questions

Posted May 15, 2017
Local: CMH, GRH, Trinity Village & St. Luke’s Place
From:
 Brenda Pugh
Sent: May-15-17 8:23 AM
To: ONA
Subject: nurses week

Good morning,

Nurses week is over and what a great week

Our annual pub night was a great success , nurse from across the building attended. When we added up all the years of nursing experience we had over 1000 years!! The range was from 3 years to 44 years ,8 months (guess who)

 

A new events was our ‘wear white and take a selfie “ was very successful. We had close to 70 RN submit their pictures , check out our local website, local55.ona.org

To view the photos.

Thanks for all those who participated, and looking forward to next year

Have a great day

Brenda pugh

Local 55 ona pres

Nursing Week! Wear white and get a $10 gift card

Calling all ONA RNs. Wear a white top or uniform during Nursing Week (May 8 to 14) and get a $10 Tim Hortons gift card from ONA. Simply take a selfie or group selfie and send it to Brenda Pugh at bpugh@cmh.org or text 519.841.3855 to get your gift card! Have fun and have a great Nursing week!
All pictures of members who forwarded their pictures available here



For SMH RNs, send an email to Laurie Kudoba at lakudoba@gmail.com

 

 

Posted May 8, 2017
Local: CMH

CMH
 Nurses Week Pub Night

Posted May 1, 2017
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: May-01-17 10:06 AM

ONA will be holding our annual nurse week pub night on
May 9 2017- at 1830 at the fiddle and firken on King St. Preston

ONA will be paying for your food and non-alcohol drinks.
Every year we have more RN join us from all over CMH, looking forward to seeing you.

Let’s celebrate RNs and the great work we do.

Fyi drop in after your shift, come in your uniform.

Any question email me
Brenda Pugh

Posted March 15, 2017
Local: CMH
Sent: March-14-17 12:55 PM

Hi

As you are aware we reached a settlement with ER and CMH regarding  professional   practice forms( unsafe work forms). ONA was able to achieve increase 8HR RN per day 7 days a week, and increase in security in the department, committee to look at lab issues( ER RN now draw own blood)  . ONA and CMh will be meeting monthly to review these changes and monitor workload.

THANKS to everyone who filled out their professional practice forms, attended meeting, and supported each other through the process, we can achieve better working conditions and provide safe patient care , if we support each other and work through the professional practice forms. These forms are important as it provides us documentation of our work load ,and it allows you to notify management you are unable to meet your College of Nurses standards, i.e. timely charting, meds on time ,treatment on time, appropriately assigning RPN ,as a few examples

Any questions or concerns please email me

United we stand divide we fall-

Brenda Pugh

Ona cmh pres

 

Posted March 9, 2017     Revised date
Local: CMH

In-patient MH RNs please attend the pre IAC meeting on March 13 from 1830-2000.

Drop in before or after shift.

Attendance is important as the Professional Practice Specialist, Tammy Lowe and the Labour Relations Officer, Deanna King will be discussing your concerns and next steps.
Posted February 20, 2017
Local: CMH

In-patient MH RNs please attend the pre IAC meeting on March 14 from 1800-2000.
Drop in before or after shift.

Attendance is important as the Professional Practice Specialist, Tammy Lowe and the Labour Relations Officer, Deanna King will be discussing your concerns and next steps

Posted February 20, 2017
Local: CMH

Dear ED Staff,

We are requesting a urgent meeting on Wednesday February 22 2017 from 1800-2000 in the Small Class Room by the Auditorium.

Attendance is important as the Professional Practice Specialist, Tammy Lowe and the Labour Relations Officer, Deanna King will be discussing the Minutes of Settlement and next step for the Emergency Department.
Kind Regards,
Tammy

Tammy Lowe, RN
Professional Practice Specialist
Provincial Service Team
Ontario Nurses’ Association

Posted January 31, 2017
Local: CMH, GRH, Trinity Village & St. Luke’s Place

From:
 Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-31-17 12:46 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Tim card

Hi

Friendly reminder that ONA will pay you $10 per e learning coarse you do on line at www.ona.org to a maximum of $40 per year per RN

They take about 20 minutes to complete

So far in January we had 8 RNs recieved their tim cards

Send me your certificate and. ONA will buy your coffees.
SMH, Trinity village and Saint Luke’s, please see your Bargaining Unit Presidents.

Have a great day

Brenda Pugh Local President ona

Posted January 11, 2017

Local: CMH
From:
 Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-11-17 11:36 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Gift card

Hi

It a new year and that means you can do ONA education on our website www.ona.org

The module take about 30 minutes to complete
Once completed send me a copy of your certificate and I send you $10 Tim Horton card

You can do 4 modules a year to receive the $40
Any questions let email me

Brenda Pugh Local President ONA

Posted January 4, 2017
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-04-17 12:04 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Late career

 

Hi ONA members

If you are 55 years over Have you‎ been asked to do the late career nursing at cmh  this
Year if so please let me know.

Brenda Pugh

Posted January 3, 2017
Local: CMH, GRH, Trinity Village & St. Luke’s Place

 

Posted January 2, 2017
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: January-02-17 9:49 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Floor reps

Hi

I am pleased to announce the following floor reps for 2017 -2018

ICU – Joanne Hunt
Rehab – Annelise McAllister

Mental health – Tyler Moreira

Thanks brenda pugh


Posted December 29, 2016
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: December-28-16 9:42 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Emergency RN important

Hi

We now have a potential date for our independent assessment hearing, and we need to meet to prep for the hearing.

Meeting is January 5, 18:00 hours in the small classroom by the Auditorium.

I am sure you had enough meeting about this, but we need you to attend as professional practice rep Tammy Lowe and labor officer Deanna King will be present ‎and need your input to prep for the hearing.

Remember to fill out your professional practice forms if you are not meeting your standards. Protect your self and your patient.

Any questions please email me

Brenda Pugh

Posted December 23, 2016
Local: CMH

From:
 Brenda Pugh
Sent: December-23-16 11:35 AM
To: ONA
Cc: HR
Subject: Ona reps

 

I please to announce the following executive and floor reps and committee members for 2017 to 2018.‎ Thank you for putting your name forward to be part of the ONA team.

“United we stand, divided we fall”

 

Bargaining Unit -Presidents Brenda pugh
Vice President ‎- Antonie Mulder

Secretary – taria Farias

Health and safety – brenda Michi, Nichole hunter Human rights – Simone Peters

Schedule committee – brenda pugh, Arlene Pownall, Liane Raymond,

Hospital association – brenda pugh Michelle Soustek, Simone Peters , 1 more member TBA

Negotiations – brenda pugh, Antonie Mulder, Michelle Soustek, Tara Farias

Professional Practice – brenda pugh, Liane Raymond, Amanda Ormiston

Floor representation 
Rehab- Annelise McAllister
Peds – Deanna Ezekiel
Ob- Kim Mosgrove
3b medicine – Joanne Stever
5 B medicine – Ellen Walker
Mdc – taria Farias
OR/ PACU / SDC -Ruzen Espineli
ER – Amanda Principato
Resources team – Michelle Soustek
Icu – tba
Mental health – tba
4bn- tba

Looking forward to working with you

 

 

Have a great holiday Brenda Pugh

Posted December 19, 2016
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: December-19-16 2:22 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Chronic illness

Hi

If you received any letter from your manger re getting medical information re chronic illness please let me know.

Brenda Pugh

Last update: November 17, 2016
Local: CMH, GRH, Trinity Village & St. Luke’s Place


All positions at SMHCMHTrinity Village and Saint Luke’s Place have been acclaimed.

Please visit their respective page to view the current leadership and committee members.

Posted October 9, 2016
Local: CMH

Hi all,

On November 2 at 7:15 PM, ONA will hold a general meeting in the small class room by the auditorium.

With so many developments at CMH, please bring your concerns to this meeting.

Flu-season is just around the corner along with the upcoming holiday season.

This is our last general meeting of this year.

Elections for the 2017 – 2018 term will be held on November 30th.

If you are interested in running for any of the ONA positions and / or committees, please download and complete your nomination forms.

 

Details can be found on local55.ona.org

local55.ona.org

Your go to place for most of your questions

Posted October 9, 2016
Local: CMH

From: Cheryl Adams
Sent: October-09-16 1:42 PM
To: ONA
Subject: 2016 Elections

Dear ONA Members,

I will be receiving all nomination forms from October 14 to November 10 at 1200 hours. Please send completed forms to, Cheryl Adams on Pediatrics. Nomination forms can be found on each floor. If they cannot be found, please let us know.

Thank-you

Cheryl Adams RN

Posted October 6, 2016
Local: CMH

Hi all,

Please note that on October 13 at 6 PM, ONA will hold a meeting on site for our ER Registered Nurses with a progress update on the IAC (Independent Assessment Committee)

You can drop in BEFORE or AFTER your shift at any time.
Location: the small classroom by the Auditorium.

This meeting is the about the “nuts and bolts” of this process and it is very important you try to attend as we will discuss resolutions and next steps to be taken.

The meeting will be chaired by two members of the central team of the Ontario Nurses’ Association:

Tammy Lowe, RN, Professional Practice Specialist Provincial Service Team
Deanna King, RN, Labour Relations Officer

Please bring your questions and concerns to this meeting.

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Posted September 16, 2016
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: September-16-16 1:44 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Important Resources rn

Attention floats

As you are aware mental health has changed their staffing to 1 RN on night, and 1 RN on days with a charge RN.

You may end up being in charge and the only RN.

I am asking you to attend a meeting on Mon day September 19 at 1600 hrs with our mental health RNs and PES staff  to discuss our concerns with you assigning unstable pts to RPNs as well we are concerned about your safety and you meeting your standards of the college of nurses.

Our professional practice rep from ONA and our labor officer will be in attendance to support you as well as explain why we are concerned and what you can do to practice under staff the college of nursing

If you know of any floats that may be off may not see this email please forward this

Hope to see you Monday sept 19 at 1600 in the small classroom by the Auditorium

 

Brenda Pugh

Posted September 12, 2016
Local: CMH, GRH, Trinity Village & St. Luke’s Place
Hi All,
While we are awaiting the appointment of the election officer, our local websitehas been updated.

There is a dedicated page for the upcoming election with a full list of available positions and committees that members can be nominated for. It also contains a link to ONA’s election policy as approved  by the board of directors (June 2016)

The nomination forms are available for download and print. You do require two other members to endorse you for nomination.

Once the election officer has been appointed,(s)he will be collecting the nomination forms within the specified time frame.

Below some guidelines for potential candidates.

  1. It is understood that candidates agree to abide by ONA’s LocalElection Process.
  2. Candidates for office must be a person who has signed amembership application form and currently holds membershipentitlements in accordance with article 3.01(c) of the

    Constitution.

Campaign Materials

  1. Campaign materials must not violate the Human Rights Code.All such materials must be truthful, fair and in good taste

pursuant to Article 9.01 of ONA’s Constitution.

  1. Campaign materials must be posted at all Bargaining Unitsand Sites, where applicable, in a fair and equitable manner.
  2. Where the collective agreement so requires, the consent of theemployer must be obtained to post such campaign materialsby the Chartered Local Association.
  3. Campaign material is not allowed in the voting room.
  4. The candidate must ensure the person(s) posting campaignmaterials must remove all campaign materials as perthe Constitution.

Campaigning

  1. Candidates must stop canvassing at midnight on the day priorto an election, and campaigning is not allowed to take placeat the polling station.
  2. The candidates may only be at the polling station to cast theirvotes, and must not be present during the counting ofthe ballots.

Executive Support for Candidates

  1. An Executive member of a Local may publicly support thecandidate of her or his choice.

 

Antonie Mulder

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From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: September-12-16 11:25 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Election officer

Posted September 12, 2016

Local: CMH

Download Nomination Forms here

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: September-12-16 11:25 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Election officer

Hi everyone

This year is a an election year for all ONA positions.
The first step in this process is to have an election officer appointed.

You will receive a $50 gift card for your work

Please see the following

Qualifications – only restrictions are that you can not be running for any of the ONA positions.

Duties – to receive the nomination forms from from October 14 to November 10 and post the results on line. Voting will take place November 30 and you will need to be present that day to count votes. If you are working we will get you replaced. And keep your pay whole. If it is a day off, we will pay you for the day.

Please email me by 1200 on September 26 if you are interested in this position ,email me if you have any questions.

Brenda Pugh

Bargaining Unit President

Posted August 27, 2016
Local: CMH

From: Brenda Pugh
Sent: August-27-16 10:41 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Important

Hi,

If you are asked to attend any meeting with a manger, please text or call me at 519-841-3855
I will come or arrange a alternative ona rep.

Again we had an incident where I was not notified by CMH to attend the meeting, which now has caused another grievance.

Any questions please let me know

Brenda Pugh
Local President ONA

Posted August 15, 2016
Local: CMH

Hi.

On August 11 ONA Provincial president Linda Haslam-Stroud, Vice-President Vicki McKenna, labor officer Deanna King and myself meet with ‎ Patrick Gaskin, CNO Sandra Hett, Susan Toth director , to discuss the following issues:

– model of care
– reductions of RN on mental health
— workload issues in ER, and heading to IAC.
– Union and hospital relationship

We had a lengthy discussion and agreed to have Patrick and myself meet monthly to discuss our issue and solutions to our concerns and issues. As well all the above parties will meet again in October to discuss our issues and to see if we have any resolution.

As you are aware we had a strained Relations with CMH, as we seen increased grievance, denied overtime, layoff ect. Our provincial president Linda Haslam-Stroud is very much aware as is the ONA Board and will be here to support us as we hope to move forward.

What can you do? Remember to complete unsafe work forms as needed, do not meet with Employee Health without union representation, notify me ASAP if you’re denied payment for overtime.

Keep me in the loop of any changes in staffing or duties in your area.

Thanks for all your support

Brenda Pugh

Posted July 27, 2016
Local: CMH

Hi all,

It has come to our attention that some of you have been assigned pension shifts during your approved vacation time.

Please let us know if this has happened to you as this needs to be corrected.

It is a joint responsibility to let you manager know (no later than August) if you have not worked any pension shifts yet.

However, the general expectation is that you work ONE pension shift every FOUR months.

E.g.: Jan – Apr, May – Aug and Sep – Dec.

This only applies to those working the DDNN schedules. (Article J-1, Local contract)

 

  1. d)Full-time nurses working the ‘4 on 5 off’ extended tour schedule shall be

scheduled for an additional three (3) eleven and one-quarter (11.25) hour

tours (except in the areas where there are seven and one-half (7.5) hour

tours available, nurses will be scheduled an additional four (4) seven and

one-half (7.5) hour tours). These additional shifts will be scheduled by the

Hospital, during a nurse’s five (5) days off, in each calendar year and will be

paid at the nurse’s regular straight time hourly rate of pay, regardless of any

local or central provision that would provide for premium pay. Nurses working

the “4 on 5 off” schedule with the additional tours set out in this paragraph,

are considered to be full-time, as defined in the central provisions. Nurses

who wish to utilize over time hours already in their lieu bank for these

additional tours shall be allowed to draw 11.25 hours and apply this to the

additional shift.

 

It is understood that job share lines will be entitled to the additional tours as

outlined above.

Antonie Mulder

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Posted July 21, 2016
Local: CMH

Hi All,


On August 15, ONA will hold a meeting for ER nurses in preparation for the IAC and hearing.Please mark August 15 on your calendars if you plan to attend.

Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) Meeting for ER Registered NursesEmergency Department RNs

Attention RNs

On August 15, we will be holding a special meeting for the RNs of the Emergency Department to discuss our next steps as we are preparing for and independent assessment committee to deal with all your unsafe work forms.

Our Labour Relations Officer, Deana King and Professional Practice Specialist, Tammy Lowe will be there to discuss:

–          Process of independent assessment
–          Data we need

Meeting Location: Firehall museum and Education Centre
56 Dickson Street, Cambridge, Ontario

Parking behind City Hall on Cambridge Street. (free after 5 pm)

 

Antonie Mulder

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Posted July 12, 2016
Local: CMH

From:
 Brenda Pugh
Sent: July-06-16 12:27 PM
To: ONA
Subject: Bursary

Hi

I am pleased to announce that Michelle Soustek has been chosen as our ONA Bursary winner.
She will joining our local executive at the provincial Biannual meeting in Toronto in November

Brenda Pugh Local President ONA.

Posted June 29, 2016
Local: CMH
Awarded Local contract details as released by Arbitrator Larry Steinberg. 


Arbitration Highlights:

1. The employer cannot bypass seniority rights for call in.
2. Schedule postings will remain 4 weeks in advance, not 2 weeks as proposed by CMH.
3. CMH proposal to work 1 or more tours on a weekend before qualifying for consecutive
weekend premium has been denied.
4. Units will remain as is which will secure bumping rights and lay-off provisions.

Agreed items:

1. For those working 2 days 2 Nights, it is a joint responsibility to ensure that your 3 pensions
shifts are pre-scheduled. No later than August, you are obligated to notify your manager if this
has not occured.

Several housekeeping items were addressed, clarified and resolved.

Posted June 29, 2016
Local: CMH

From:
 Brenda Pugh
Sent: June-28-16 10:05 AM
To: ONA
Subject: Meeting (Employee Health)

Hi

If you have a meeting with employees health for a return to work or modified

Meeting please text me 519-841-3855

Our contract says you are to have union representation at these meeting to protect your rights

Brenda Pugh