TORONTO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Tomorrow (Thursday, April 9 at 11:30 a.m.) on a province-wide online media conference, two front-line health care workers represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will make a direct appeal to Ontario’s Premier to protect all health care staff – not just some- with much needed personal protective equipment (PPE) and speedier and broader COVID-19 testing.
The two personal support workers will share some of the day-to-day challenges and safety concerns, they and coworkers are dealing with as hospitals and long-term care homes ration masks, shields and other infection control equipment.
With a COVID-19 infection rate five times the general population, Ontario health care workforce is risking personal safety to care for the sick. As of Wednesday, mid-day, the number of infected health care staff in Ontario increased to 580.
Throughout Ontario tomorrow (April 9), hospital and long-term care workers will be joining in a second province-wide workplace action, April 9 to underscore their urgent appeal for PPE. They will be holding a simple poster showing a N95 mask with a simple message for the Premier – “Help Us”.
Michael Hurley president of CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) and Candace Rennick, CUPE Ontario secretary-treasurer will join the PSWs for tomorrow’s media conference and provide an overview from recent polling of more than 7,000 health care members.
Rennick and Hurley are urging the Premier to use the government’s considerable powers under the new emergency measures “to get masks produced immediately” by local manufacturers. The government also needs to extend Directives on personal protective equipment to cover physicians and all other health care staff.
Media are asked to please register in advance for tomorrow’s 11:30 a.m. media conference:
After registering, media will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the media conference.