NAPE workers protest health cuts

Tobias Romaniuk
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Health Sciences Centre staff spent their lunch break in the rain today, trading lunch bags for placards as they protested the cuts announced by Eastern Health recently.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) workers know that 550 fully time equivalent positions will be eliminated, but the details of how those cuts will happen, and the impact it will have on workers, is still unclear.

NAPE president Carol Furlong was at the protest to offer her support, and summed up the feelings of workers at Tuesday night's meeting.

"The way this was handled, they're really concerned that they don't have information that could provide them with any kind of security," she said.

Eastern Health has announced they plan to increase the number of services that are contracted out.

The move to using private companies to provide health care services, like supplying food, is something NAPE has taken a stand against.

"We know that privatizing health care is not the answer," Furlong said.

Some workers, like personal care aide Dave Standard, don't agree with the way Eastern Health informed workers of the upcoming cuts.

"I think it's terrible how they're handling things. I think there should be a better way of doing it than this," he said.

Cutting workers isn't the right way to save money, he said. If it were up to him, he'd have a closer look at the management side when looking for savings.

"I would cut some of the management positions and try to tighten up on a lot of stuff," said.

Joan Reid was also protesting the upcoming cuts on her lunch break.

She has 23 years of service, and said the cuts likely won't affect her position as a domestic worker. She was out to show support for her fellow workers, she said.

"The simple fact is it's going to affect an awful lot of people; it's going to affect patient care," she said of the cuts.

While Eastern Health has said people won't get bumped from their jobs, Reid said it's all in how it's worded.

"I know for a fact when they say there's not going to be any bumping, they're calling it shuffling. That's just a new word for bumping, shuffling is. A lot of my coworkers are really concerned and worried and tormented and everything and I feel for them."

A food services worker who did not wish to have her name used said NAPE workers haven't been told much about the upcoming cuts.

"So far, not a whole lot. Just what we've heard Miss Kominski say, that a lot of them are going to be FTEs, which is full time equivalent hours, however if you take a position out of the system and don't replace it, that's a loss of a job for someone else coming in. So a job gone is a job gone.”

Organizations: Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees

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  • WORKER
    June 07, 2012 - 11:04

    IF TIM HORTONS MADE 28 DOLLARS A HOUR, IM SURE THERE WOULD BE A LOT OF PEOPLE WITHOUT STUDENT DEBT! VICKI KIMINISKI ONLY SAID THAT TO THE MEDIA TO DRAW THE ATTENTION TO THAT THAN WHAT THE REAL PROBLEM IS. MISS-MANAGEMENT! MAYBE SHE SHOULD GO ON THE MEDIA AND TELL US ALL HOW MUCH SHE MAKES RATHER THAN 28.00/HR TO POUR A 1.94 COFFEE!

  • LPN.PM
    June 07, 2012 - 10:43

    I am an LPN and there are days that myself and my colleagues are working short because sick calls aren't covered and we don't have the manpower to get all of our patients washed. Yet, we have 4 or 5 managers...some of whose names we don't even know, who sit in their offices all day long making the biggest kind of money. Yet, they will never be on the chopping block when the govt. starts looking at saving money. Less LPN hours means sicker patients; more bedsores, less care. But as for management...lets just say you could fire half those yahoos and nobody would even know they're gone.

  • Jo
    June 07, 2012 - 08:11

    when you add in the OT and tips it brings up the wages

  • Lu Lu
    June 07, 2012 - 06:28

    @ MUDDERL --Get your facts straight!!! Everybody knows now that the Tim's staff are NOT making $28 an hour !! Anyone can check the Nape contracts on-line to see what all positions are making and hour..that is if you are not too busy being mislead by a particular female who is playing politics!

  • HSC TIM HORTON'S WORER
    June 06, 2012 - 22:14

    1. We do not make $28 an hour.....What we make is none of your business....and should never have been made public. 2. We are not "losing" our jobs...in fact, we will be found, or "created" new jobs of equal or higher paying jobs within the organization. 3. We did not waste the millions of dollars taxpayer (which by the way, I AM) dollars, gross miss-management did. It has been happening , un-checked for years and it cannot be blamed on the employee. OPEN YOUR EYES JOE PUBLIC!!!!! OUR HEALTHCARE SYSTEM IS IN TROUBLE!!! IF WE ALLOW ONE DEPARTMENT IN THE HOSPITAL TO BE PRIVATIZED....WHERE WILL IT END????!!! THIS IS NOT ABOUT TIM HORTONS WAGES !!!!!! LOOOK AT THE BIG PICTURE!!!!

  • what the heck
    June 06, 2012 - 20:15

    Mudderl, Do you not understand that the workers are NOT GETTING $28/HR. The great Vikki opened her big mouth in error. They only get $ 17 - 19/HR. When we look at our pay check it is less than a $10/hr job. Last month there was 31 days in may I only got to work 15 days, but still I was availabe to work everyday and never gat a call. I can't get another job because Eastern Health demands you be availabe 24 hrs a day for them. We have family to feed and bills to pay a well

  • Fred
    June 06, 2012 - 19:48

    They are not making $28. That was put out to keep people from looking at the real picture of what is being cut back here.

  • Keep protesting
    June 06, 2012 - 18:45

    @ MUDDERL - How simple it is for you! When services are cut it means there are less staff to provide the services. You and others will have to wait longer to get services, not coffee.

  • christina
    June 06, 2012 - 17:35

    you do know its not just tim hortons staff right? and as for them knowing that they were being overpayed wouldnt you take the money wouldnt anybody

  • MudderL
    June 06, 2012 - 14:49

    Sorry, I don't really feel bad for someone getting paid 28 bucks an hour working at a Tims. Obviously, they must have known that was messed up to. How can they complain of cutback with extravagent wages like that for a job that anyone can do getting paid at 10 bucks an hour? I feel for those losing their jobs, but obviously, something has to be done to cut back.

    • LPN
      June 06, 2012 - 18:37

      The workers at Tims are not getting 28 bucks an hour. If that were true I would be working there. When you work with any company for years you should expect some job security.

    • Jenny
      June 07, 2012 - 06:51

      To Mudderl - They do not make $28/hour. It costs EH $28 when they include their CPP, EI, WCC, health plan, etc., contributions into the hourly rate.