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NEWS: HEALTHCARE WORKFORCE
1030 Immunize our
front-line corrections staff, OPSEU tells McGuinty [Toronto
ON]--Staff working in Ontario's correctional
facilities should be a priority for H1N1 immunization, says
the Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
1023 Vaccination contre la grippe A (H1N1): les droits du personnel de la santé seront respectés [Montreal QC]--La Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS-CSN) accueille avec satisfaction l'assurance faite ce matin par le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux que les droits des travailleuses et des travailleurs de la santé seront respectés dans le cadre de la campagne de vaccination massive pour contrer la pandémie du virus de la grippe A (H1N1).
Cette garantie a été donnée
lors d'une rencontre tenue à Montréal, à laquelle ont
participé notamment des représentants de la CSN et de la
FSSS-CSN, cette dernière représentant 125 000 syndiqué-es
dans les établissements publics et privés de la santé et des
"Nous sommes satisfaits des
discussions que nous avons eues ce matin avec le Ministère
et la direction du Comité patronal de négociation du secteur
de la santé et des services sociaux (CPNSSS). Les échanges
ont été francs et rassurants. Ils ont surtout servi à
établir une collaboration nécessaire dans le respect des
droits des travailleuses et des travailleurs" d'affimer
madame Lambert, également vice-présidente du personnel en
soins infimiers et cardiorespiratoires à la fédération.
Ainsi, dans la planification
et la mise en branle des mesures pour contrer la pandémie,
les directions d'établissements devront prioriser une
démarche basée sur la collaboration et le volontariat des
salarié-es plutôt que sur une approche coercitive et
irrespectueuse des droits. Ainsi en est-il de la vaccination
libre et volontaire du personnel qui pourra s'exercer sans
contrainte ni menace advenant un refus.
De plus, un canal de communication sera instauré entre les organisations syndicales et les autorités gouvernementales de façon à traiter puis à régler rapidement les difficultés qui pourraient survenir en cours de route. Une rencontre est d'ailleurs prévue dans deux semaines afin de suivre l'évolution de ce dossier.
1009 H1N1 Expanded call
to action for healthcare workers willing to support flu
response [Manitoba]--In preparation for flu
season, Manitoba is asking health-care workers to step
forward and share their expertise at vaccination clinics, in
intensive-care units or in northern or remote communities,
Health Minister Theresa Oswald announced today.
1009 H1N1 La FIQ somme
le ministre Bolduc de cesser de faire la sourde oreille à la
situation non sécuritaire des professionnelles en soins
enceintes [Quebec]--Questionné hier en chambre
par l'opposition officielle, le ministre de la Santé et des
Services sociaux, Yves Bolduc, a déclaré que :
1009 H1N1 La FIQ exige
que les professionnelles en soins enceintes soient retirées
de leur milieu de travail [Quebec]--Réunies à
Laval la semaine dernière, les déléguées du conseil fédéral
de la Fédération interprofessionnelles de la santé du Québec
- FIQ ont partagé l'état de situation entourant la grippe A
(H1N1). Devant le manque de prudence de plusieurs employeurs,
les représentantes des infirmières, des
infirmières-auxiliaires, des inalothérapeutes et des
perfusionnistes en sont venues à la conclusion que leurs
collègues enceintes doivent être retirées de leur milieu de
travail pour leur sécurité et celle de leur enfant à naître.
1009 Gov Patrick
releases $8.1M in first round of stimulus funding to rehire
firefighters [Massachusetts]--Moving to help
municipal fire departments impacted by budget cuts that have
forced layoffs and vacancies resulting from attrition,
Governor Deval Patrick today announced he will release $8.1
million in federal stimulus funds to 13 municipal fire
departments in the Commonwealth. The funds will be used to
rehire 127 firefighters who were laid off because of budget
Today’s announcement marks the first round of awards to fire departments
from the $20 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)
discretionary funds the Patrick-Murray Administration set aside specifically
to help fire departments address staffing reductions caused by the current
recession. “A global economic collapse has hit cities and towns hard and forced
communities to reduce firefighter staffing levels,” said Governor Patrick.
“These stimulus funds come at a critical time, and promise to bring
immediate relief to these 13 fire departments and enhance local public
safety. I thank the congressional delegation on their hard work to make
these funds available so that cities and towns can better manage through to
the better days ahead.” In this first round of grant awards, $8.1 million will be used to rehire
127 laid off firefighters in Bridgewater, Easton, Fall River, Hull,
Lakeville, Lawrence, Methuen, Monson, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Quincy,
Walpole and Worcester. Please see full list of awards in the attached
Today’s announcement marks the first round of awards to fire departments from the $20 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) discretionary funds the Patrick-Murray Administration set aside specifically to help fire departments address staffing reductions caused by the current recession.
“A global economic collapse has hit cities and towns hard and forced communities to reduce firefighter staffing levels,” said Governor Patrick. “These stimulus funds come at a critical time, and promise to bring immediate relief to these 13 fire departments and enhance local public safety. I thank the congressional delegation on their hard work to make these funds available so that cities and towns can better manage through to the better days ahead.”
In this first round of grant awards, $8.1 million will be used to rehire 127 laid off firefighters in Bridgewater, Easton, Fall River, Hull, Lakeville, Lawrence, Methuen, Monson, New Bedford, North Attleboro, Quincy, Walpole and Worcester. Please see full list of awards in the attachedspreadsheet.
“We know that our cities and towns have been hit hard by these difficult economic times,” said Lieutenant Governor Tim Murray. “But with these recovery funds, we are able to provide much needed financial assistance to fire departments in municipalities across the state, which will result in bringing back lost jobs, retaining public safety services and helping to stimulate the local economy.”
“We passed the Recovery Act to stop the economic bleeding and get workers back on their feet, and nothing is more important than rehiring firefighters laid off because of slumping municipal budgets. We’re putting people back to work, keeping our communities safe and investing in our local economy. Governor Patrick has kept faith with our first responders and honored his commitment to put our firefighters back on the job,” said Senator John Kerry.
"Our courageous first responders deserve the best," said Senator Paul G. Kirk Jr. "Communities across the Commonwealth are struggling to get back on their feet, and this federal funding will go a long way to restoring vital services."
“I am very pleased that the people of Fall River and New Bedford will be benefiting in a very direct way from this allocation by Governor Patrick of significant funding to put firefighters back on the street in both cities,” said Congressman Barney Frank. “I have only one regret – that we couldn’t allocate more money directly through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act because we couldn’t get the votes of three Republican Senators; the final amount was $25 billion less for states than it was when the bill left the House. But even at this level, the number of firefighters who will be added is very important, both for the firefighters and their families, and for the protection it will be giving to the people of the cities of Fall River and New Bedford. Governor Patrick recently took the first concrete steps towards providing commuter rail between our region and Boston, and I am very grateful he is following that recognition of our regional needs with this significant allocation of funding to Fall River and New Bedford.”
“The public safety of the people of Massachusetts must always remain one of our highest priorities. As a result, it is essential that our local fire departments have the required personnel to do their jobs effectively. The $146,000 in federal assistance announced by Governor Patrick today will provide the Monson Fire Department with the resources necessary to continue to protect their community. It is another example of the stimulus package making a difference here in western Massachusetts,” said Congressman Richard E. Neal.
“I want to congratulate the Quincy and Hull Fire Departments in receiving funds which will be used to rehire firefighters who were laid off due to budget cuts,” said Congressman William Delahunt. “Since firefighters themselves are a department’s most valuable asset, it is vital that staffing is kept at a level which will enhance public safety.”
“I’m very pleased that Fall River, North Attleboro and Worcester will be receiving this important stimulus funding,” said Congressman James McGovern. “Local budgets have been hit hard during the economic downturn, and it’s critical that we support public safety. I want to thank the Governor for his dedication to this issue.”
“These grants are welcome news for our courageous firefighters across the Commonwealth,” Congressman Stephen F. Lynch said. “With cities and towns struggling during these difficult economic times, I am pleased to see that Governor Patrick is using these stimulus funds to help maintain staffing levels and keep our communities safe.”
"We all know what a devastating effect the economic downturn has had on local municipal budgets," said Congresswoman Niki Tsongas. "These federal funds are critical to the ability of our cities and towns to maintain public safety services and preserve the jobs of those who sacrifice so much on our behalf. I want to thank Governor Patrick for making them available to our communities."
By earmarking $20 million in federal stimulus funding for municipal fire departments, the Governor is seeking to bolster staffing levels by allowing cities and towns to rehire as many laid off firefighters as possible, prevent further layoffs and address staffing reductions caused by attrition. This grant program gives communities much needed flexibility in dealing with reduced public safety budgets.
Eighty-seven fire departments from across the state submitted applications to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security as part of the Patrick-Murray administration’s Fire Services Staffing Grant Program. The process of reviewing those applications and making grant decisions remains underway.
“This much needed funding helps ensure that communities will have adequate staffing to preserve public safety, which is a critical priority of this administration,” said Public Safety and Security Secretary Kevin M. Burke. “This is just the first round of funding. The administration will be awarding another $11.9 million to communities that have seen their fire departments downsized as a result of budget cuts. We are moving quickly to provide critically needed assistance to local fire departments.”
The ARRA includes only one program for local fire departments. The Act makes $210 million available nationally through a competitive grant program to support the renovation and construction of local fire stations. The ARRA does not earmark any stimulus money to fire departments to bolster staffing or for programs that have been reduced or eliminated as a result of the current recession.
Today’s announcement is on top of $45 million in previously committed ARRA funding going directly from the federal government to municipal police departments across the state. In total, $71 million in federal recovery funds are being directed to local public safety officials who continue to face difficult budget challenges caused by the unprecedented global economic downturn.
administration announces revisions to first responders
health benefits [Washington DC]--Mayor Adrian M.
Fenty, joined by Chief Cathy Lanier and Chief Dennis Rubin
today announced revisions to health benefits for the
District’s first responders.
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