Update Thursday June17, 2021:
CBC The National – Airborne – Vicki McKenna and ONA member featured.
This aired last night on CBC The National. Interviews with Vicki McKenna, one of our members, Dr. Fisman, and Mario Possami:
“COVID 19 PANDEMIC” RN’s at KHSC How does it Affect YOU!!!
Attention Local 099 ONA Members:
FOR EMERGENCY USE ONLY– while at work if you need representation now, call Annette 613-572-1387
Your local leadership is working hard to ensure that each member remains up to date on evolving issues and concerns related to the COVID 19 pandemic. To ensure this, ONA Local 99 has updated their Local Webpage to keep members informed of evolving issues and resolutions as they are met.
Please visit local99.onalocal.org to remain current on information updates, issues that your local leadership is working on and resolutions made, as well as information updates as supplied by the employer. Information is also provided on the ONA Central website: ona.org
If you have questions, concerns, or issues please contact your Local Leadership via email:
Annette Saccon RN, Laura-Ashley Detlor RN, Nancy Savage RN,
Bargaining Unit President KGH Site Vice President HDH Site Vice President
Sherrie Murphy RN, Lana Greer Connell RN,
LACGH Bargaining Unit President JPC Bargaining Unit President
Please note that we are attempting to address your issues as soon as possible. Please be patient as we have been receiving a high influx of concerns and are working hard to address each of them. Recognise that we are working with the employer to move forward during these new and evolving times.
Please refrain from posting or commenting negatively on social media outlets regarding the employer, as this may be terms for employer discipline.
“Know that your Local and Central Ontario Nurses Association leadership are working hard. We hear your concerns and are taking them seriously; they are being driven at a provincial and local level”
Update Wednesday June 2, 2021:
Summer Schedule Posting:
The Hospital in consultation with ONA have mutually agreed to delay the posting of the 12 week summer schedule by one week. The schedule will now be posted on June 11th rather than on the original date of June 4th. The one week delay will not affect the start of the summer schedule which will commence on June 21st for a 12 week period. The one week delay in posting will assist in the repatriation of staff to their home positions and the filling of vacancies over the summer vacation period. Thank you for accommodating this change.
UPDATE Monday May 10, 2021:
Please see KHSC internal Incident Command Update
Second -dose interval for high-risk health care workers
UPDATE Monday May 10, 2021:
High-Risk Health Care Workers Eligible to Receive a Second Dose of the COVID-19 Vaccine at a Shortened Interval
Update Friday April 23, 2021
With the increasing strain of the third wave with effects of the Variants of Concern (VOC) on the Healthcare system in Ontario, and with support being provided by our Hospitals to endemic regions, it remains important that members continue to:
- Review hospital emails for updates from Incident Command and KHSC Leadership
- Monitor personal/home emails for updates from ONA Central Leadership
- Visit the Local 99 webpage and Facebook group for updates from Local 99 Leadership
If you have concerns, questions, or information directly impacting you and your practice, where appropriate please reach out to your KHSC Leaders and identify these concerns and copy Local Leadership on the communication. Additionally if you have any concerns that you would like ONA to take forward please reach via email to Annette Saccon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Laura-Ashley Detlor (email@example.com ).
Update Wednesday April 14, 2021: Advice to Members Exposed to Covid-19
Workplace Exposure Form (click for Form)
If you are exposed to Covid please notify Occupational Health AND FILE a worker’s WSIB Exposure Incident From and a form 6 with WSIB and the employer. If you did not have appropriate PPE at the time of the of exposure document this on the incident form.
If you become ill with Covid the WSIB Adjudicator will consider your PPE as a factor in establishing a work-related exposure.
If you develop symptoms common to Covid-19, contact Occ health to have them complete a Form 7 and follow up with your Health Care Practitioner to have them complete a Form 8.
Ontario Nurses’ Association
Date: February 4, 2021
Advice to Members Exposed to SARS CoV-2
Advise members exposed to SARS CoV-2 to notify their Occupational Health Department, file a Worker’s WSIB Exposure Incident Form and a form 6 with the WSIB and the employer. If the member did not have appropriate PPE at the time of the exposure, they must document that on the incident form. Should the worker later become ill with COVID-19, the WSIB Occupational Disease Adjudicator will consider whether the worker had appropriate PPE as that will be a factor in establishing a work-related exposure.
Should the member develop any symptoms common to COVID-19, they should also ensure their Employer completes a Form 7 and see their Health Care Practitioner, who should complete a Form 8. Once an employer receives notice that a WSIB claim regarding Occupational Illness has been submitted, they are required to report to the Ministry of Labour, Training & Skills Development (MLTSD), JHSC and the trade union within four days. This requirement comes from Section 52 (2) of the Act (OHSA). Normally, if an exposed worker was asymptomatic, we would not advise completing a form 6. We are doing so in these exceptional circumstances because employers are not providing reports to JHSCs about exposures, preventing JHSCs from identifying safety gaps and making recommendations to resolve them.
Update Thursday June 25, 2020:
Local nail salon clients asked to self-quarantine, be tested for COVID-19
Today, KFL&A Public Health declared an outbreak of COVID-19 associated with a personal service setting, Binh’s Nail and Spa at 500 Gardiners Road in Kingston. A number of cases in our community are linked back to visits there, including a KHSC staff member who tested positive last week. Salon staff have also tested positive. Public Health has issued an order to close the premises.
How does this affect KHSC?
We are asking any staff who have attended Binh’s Nail and Spa since Friday, June 12, 2020, to take the following steps:
- Identify yourself immediately to Occupational Health, Safety and Wellness (OHSW) at KGH ext. 4389 and provide the date when you attended the salon.
- Exclude yourself from work for 14 days from the date of your salon visit.
- Be tested for COVID-19. During your phone consultation with OHSW you will be directed to the location you can attend for swabbing (either HDH-site or Memorial Centre Assessment Centre).
- Be prepared to stay off work regardless of your swab results. Exemptions in the case of critically-needed staff will be determined by OHSW.
Update Tuesday June 16, 2020:
Please know that your Local ONA Leadership have continued to meet with the Employer on a weekly basis to discuss the Covid-19 Pandemic. Tabled discussions address provincial and local directions, practice changes, Occupational Health and Safety, Infection Control, and Labour Relations concerns. Please know that we continue to drive these concerns and work with the employer as they address these issues.
Pandemic Pay : Please know that this topic is brought forward weekly. Your Leadership and the Employer is aware of the frustrations surrounding this premium. While there has been some clarification from the Ontario Government regarding the classifications of who will qualify for this premium, the Hospital has identified that further clarification is needed regarding individuals of other memberships. At this time, the Ontario Government has also not released the funding for this premium and as such KHSC has made it clear that no payment will be made until the funding has been distributed. There has been discussion that this may not occur until August or later, however no firm timeline has been established. Both the Unions and KHSC continue to bring these concerns forward.
Unfortunately this is not just an issue experienced by only KHSC frontline health-care workers alone and the Ontario front-line is rightly upset at how this premium has yet to be followed through on. Please see the media excerpt below.
Ontario workers have not yet received their COVID-19 pandemic pay premium
A pandemic pay premium promised to approximately 375,000 frontline health-care workers has not yet been paid out, the Ontario government said Monday, stressing that the cash is coming soon.
Update Saturday May 28, 2020:
Pandemic Pay: The Hospital has received final direction from the Ontario Government and are actively working on the implementation of the Pandemic Pay. ONA and KHSC are working together and members can expect more information next week regarding implementation.
Amendment to Directive 2:
The Government of Ontario has made an amendment to Directive 2 to support the gradual resumption of non-essential and elective services. While awaiting this announcement, KHSC has worked with sub-regional partners to create a plan to provide access to regularly-scheduled surgeries and procedures for patients throughout Southeastern Ontario, while ensuring feasibility through a nine-point feasibility assessment for each site.
Plans are now awaiting approval from the Ontario Health East regional table and Ontario Health. Once there is approval, KHSC will begin prioritizing and scheduling elective/planned surgeries and procedures. Various criteria including the condition of the patient, risks in delaying treatment, and availability of needed resources will be included in planning and scheduling. It is important to note that along with PPE, medications, and post-operative care needs including primary care and home-and-community care will be assessed to determine what surgeries/procedures will occur. Through partnerships, KHSC is working to ensure that post-operative care, rehabilitation, and home care, are available and coordinated before surgeries are scheduled.
ONA Local 099 continues to take part in tabled discussions with KHSC and continues to advocate on behalf of our members and their patients. We continue to urge our members to be good stewards of supplies and as well to reach out if they have any concerns or issues to be brought forward.
Update Thursday May 14, 2020:
Please review the following as outlined in the Collective Agreement pertaining to Layoff Process. As per the Collective Agreement (pp. 44-45):
A “Layoff” shall include a reduction in a nurse’s hours of work and cancellation of all or part of a nurse’s scheduled shift…
Section 10.09 Layoff – Process and Options
- In the event of a layoff, nurses shall be laid off in the reverse order of seniority provided that the nurses who are entitled to remain on the basis of seniority are qualified to preform the available work. Subject to the foregoing, probationary nurses shall be first laid off.
- Nurses shall have the following entitlements in the event of a layoff; Prior to implementing a short-term layoff on a unit, nurses will first be offered, in order of seniority, the opportunity to take a vacation day(s), utilize any compensating/lieu time credits or to take unpaid leaves in order to minimize the impact of a short-term layoff.
- A nurse who has been notified of a short-term layoff may:
- Accept the layoff; or
- Opt to retire if eligible under the terms of the Hospital’s pension plan as outlined Article 17.04; or
- Elect to transfer to a vacant position, provided she or he is qualified to perform the available work; or
- Displace the least senior nurse in the bargaining unit whose work she or he is qualified to preform
- A nurse who has been notified of a short-term layoff may:
Update Tuesday May 5, 2020:
Attention all Local 99 Members, Please note that KHSC will be following the Collective Agreement for cancellation or retraction of vacation, which means it Must be 2 weeks in advance of the posted schedule. Please contact us if this happens differently.
Update Monday April 26, 2020:
On April 25th Premier Doug Ford made an announcement in a press conference: Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of Covid-19 with Pandemic Pay. The Announcement was a welcomed surprise as all Healthcare Unions have been lobbying for additional compensation during this time. ONA is still seeking to clarify some of the information provided by the Ontario Government. Please watch your personal emails over the few days for additional information from your Ontario Nurses’ Association President, Vicki McKenna!
More information and discussion will come during ONA’s Townhall on April 29th 2020 (5:30-6:30pm for Region 2).
Please see below for some excerpts from yesterday’s press release: Ontario Supporting Frontline Heroes of Covid-19 with Pandemic Pay
Government Recognizes the Dedication and Sacrifice of Frontline Workers April 25th 2020 1:00pm…………Please read more….
Update Thursday April 16, 2020:
Last night a town hall for ONA members was hosted by your provincial leadership. If you did not have the opportunity to attend please visit the Ontario Nurses’ Association Facebook page and listen to the live audio recording. Below is a copy of the email sent out to members Sunday April 12th. Vicki McKenna on behalf of ONA discusses our position and advice regarding PPE as well as provides a breakdown of the changes implemented in Directive 5 without the consultation or collaboration of the Ontario Nurses’ Association.
Update Tuesday April 14, 2020:
April 15 Telephone Town Hall on COVID-19;
On Wednesday, April 15, ONA will hold Telephone Town Halls in two sessions: from 4:45 p.m. to 5:45 p.m. (for Regions 1, 2 and 5) and from 7:15 p.m. to 8:15 p.m. (for Regions 3 and 4).
ONA CEO Bev Mathers and I will co-facilitate the discussion and provide you with the most up-to-date information and directives.
All members will receive a call to join the Town Hall at 4:45 p.m. if you are in ONA Regions 1, 2 and 5. For members who are in Regions 3 or 4, you will receive a call at 7:15 p.m. You need to accept the call to connect to it. If you are not able to pick up the call, you will receive a voicemail with a number for you to use to connect yourself to the town hall. ONA will develop a question-and-answer document after the town hall.
In addition, the Town Halls will be on Facebook Audio Live. You can visit http://www.facebook.com/ontarionurses at 4:45 p.m. and 7:15 p.m. to listen in and hear answers to some of your questions.
I encourage you to join if you are able.
I will continue to provide further updates as they become available.
ONA is working as quickly as possible on every front to ensure your safety as you continue to provide care to your patients, residents and clients.
Vicki McKenna, RN
P.S. If you’ve moved or changed your phone number recently, and you want to update the contact information that we have on file for you in our union’s membership list, please submit your current contact info online: https://www.ona.org/update
Update Thursday April 9, 2020:
There have been many questions regarding Reassignment and Shift Cancellations. As taken from our current Local Collective Agreement with Kingston Health Sciences Centre:
H. 18 Reassignment of Nurses
The Hospital and the Union recognize that it is a management right to reassign an employee who is scheduled to work in accordance with the provisions of the Central Collective Agreement. The Hospital and the Union agree to implement the following principles if such reassignment occurs : H. 18 Reassignment of Nurses Read more…….
H.19 Shift Cancellation
As contemplated in Article 14.12, in the event of shift cancellation once the shift has commenced, such cancellation shall be in the following order of the unit: H.19 Shift Cancellation…Read more…
Update Wednesday April 9, 2020:
- In-house patient screening has begun at KGH. In-patient’s will now be screened twice daily using the “Daily COVID Risk Assessment” Tool. Please review this tool and send any questions you may have you clinical learning specialists.
- Please know that we are continuing to meet regularly with KHSC Leadership for discussions surrounding Occupational Health and Labour Relations. If you have any concerns please let us know so that we can bring them forward.
- Professional Responsibility Workload Report Forms (PRWRF)Article 8 of the Collective Agreement describes the Professional Responsibility that each member has under the Regulated Health Professions Act to report concerns related to Professional Practice. This is freely negotiated in recognition that patient care is enhanced if concerns related to professional practice, patient acuity, fluctuating workloads, and staffing are resolved in both a timely and effective manner. Parties (both ONA and KHSC) encourage nurses to raise ANY issues that negatively impact their workload or patient care (ONA Hospital Central Collective Agreement, pp. 24). Acuity, staffing (including support staff), health and safety, equipment, supplies, maintenance issues, missed breaks, inappropriate assignments, over capacity, working short, and other practice concerns are included in Practice Concerns. The Covid-19 pandemic is not an exception to this Report!During these rapidly evolving and unprecedented times, ONA encourages that members continue to follow the process under this article. Failing sought resolutions at the time of an incident, members are encouraged to fill out a PRWRF. This Form is not a grievance and does not subject those who are reporting to any penalty or reproach, rather it allows for resolutions to be developed to prevent reported issues continuing in practice.Please continue to identify these issues! Please continue to file PRWRFs!
- Safe ReportingAs per Kingston Health Sciences Centre, all work-place related incidents (including violence), injuries, and hazards affecting staff should be documented using the online Safe Reporting Tool. KHSC and ONA recognize that to often these issues go under reported. Collectively, there is HUGE concern that if incidents and hazards go unreported, improvements at the point of care cannot be made. ONA requests that members actively fill out Safe Reports when faced with these issues!Please note that once submitted, safe report numbers can also be recorded by members on a PRWRF!!!
Update Friday April 3, 2020:
Common Questions and Answers
- Hospital not providing proper PPE?
- Reusing Masks?
- Pregnant or Immunosuppressed workers?
- Choosing a single employer-loss of hours?
- Critical Care Premium?
Please note these responses will be subject to change as we get MOL orders or not, litigate, the Government creates new Directives or makes changes to Legislation. Needless to say members should be referred back to the Bargaining Unit President so that advice and direction can be sought from the servicing LRO.
Update Wednesday April 1, 2020:
For your review as provided by the College of Nurses of Ontario, Questions and Answers to Professional practice Questions. This document contains frequently asked questions related to ongoing expectations and changes in practices related to Covid-19.
Additional resources are available throughout this document and on the College of Nurses of Ontario website.
Professional Practice Q&A
- If I am assigned a COVID positive patient and my employer has not provided me with PPE that I feel keeps me safe from infection, can I refuse the assignment? What would the CNO do to me if I resigned my position on the spot?
Update Wednesday April 1st 2020:
The Declaration of a Provincial State of Emergency has been officially extended for Ontario and will be in effect until April 14th 2020. Additionally the following orders have been extended and will remain in effect until April 13th 2020.
Ontario Increasing Health and Safety Measures to Better Protect Frontline Nurses from COVID-19
March 30, 2020 3:58 P.M.
TORONTO — Ontario is taking further action to protect frontline nurses and to recognize their clinical training and experience to help to keep Ontarians and hospitals safe and healthy during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Update Monday March 30, 2020
There has been a high influx of questions in Ontario regarding WSIB payment for members who are required to Self-Quarantine, whether full-time or part-time. In response please review the following WSIB Document entitled Adjudicative Approach document Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Claims (dated March 23rd 2020). This document is located in our links section on the right.
“In determining the work-relatedness of COVID-19 claims, the decision-maker will consider whether:
Update Monday March 30, 2020
The status of cases in KFL&A
Confirmed positive test results 34
Negative test results 628
Pending test results 122
Total number of patients approved for COVID-19 testing to date 784
Percentage rate of positive results 4.33%
Updated on 2020-03-30, 1:55 p.m.
KFL&A Community Assessment centre status
Update Sunday March 29, 2020
Update Saturday March 28, 2020
MEMO from Vicki McKenna
If you are an ONA member reading this please check your personal email for a memo from Vicki McKenna about this crisis and mask shortage. There is direction required on your part to stay safe while working and caring for our patients.
If your personal email (not your work email) is not registered with ONA go to the ONA website, ona.org and sign in and add your email.
If you are having difficulty speak to Annette firstname.lastname@example.org or email me at email@example.com and I can forward you the memo.
Region 2 VP
Update Friday March 27, 2020
2 New Administrative Policies!
Please be advised that KHSC has developed 2 New Administrative Policies entitled:
- Protected Code Blue (Policy #11-086)
- Code 99 for Patients with Suspected or Confirmed Covid-19 (Policy #11-087)
Along with KHSC, ONA strongly advises all members to review these policies and note the changes in practice to “minimize the risk to members of the team while continuing to provide patients with high quality care” (Kingston Health Sciences Centre, 2020).
Please note that both of these policies apply to the management of care for patients who are confirmed, suspected, or pending Covid-19 results. All Patients meeting this criterion will be placed under contact and droplet precautions and in the event of either a Code Blue or Code 99 and MUST be approached as such.
Please read these policies in FULL to gain an understanding of how these events will be managed and changes to your current practice.
Key Points to keep in Mind Protected Code Blue:
Update Tuesday March 24, 2020:
It is ONA’s position that Members who are off on self isolation or placed on 14-day quarantine be kept whole and paid. ONA Local 99 is grieving the employer’s decision of not paying members when off during these circumstances. ONA Local 99 is actively compiling a Group and Policy Grievance. ONA continues to challenge KHSC in ongoing discussions.
If you are or have been off on self isolation/quarantine and have been denied pay, please contact Annette Saccon firstname.lastname@example.org, to have your name added to this Group/Policy Grievance.
While you are being unpaid, members are instructed by KHSC to apply for Employment Insurance and/or use vacation, lieu, or banked overtime credits. While we challenge this decision, ONA Local 99 recognizes that members need to receive income and encourages members to access Employment Insurance and credits during this time.
Please see below for ROE information. Please also note that if you open a claim through Employment Insurance, this claim remains open 14-45 weeks depending.
ROE update as provided by the Employer:
Requesting Record of Employment for EI benefits
If you are required to self-quarantine, the hospital will support you in accessing, if applicable, credits including vacation and lieu banks (stats and overtime); please notify your manager of your request. Or you may apply for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits; the federal government has waived the waiting period. To apply, you will need to request a Record of Employment (ROE) from Payroll at email@example.com. Be sure to include “ROE Request” in the subject line and include your Manager on your request. ROEs will be issued weekly and sent electronically direct to Service Canada with reason Code N (Leave of Absence) and comment indicating “quarantine period due to COVID-19.”
Update Tuesday March 24, 2020:
Clarification of changes in practice with precautions for MRSA and C. diff patients. Please see table below as provided by the Employer:
“There have been practice change to the PPE requirement for Contact Precautions for patients with MRSA and C. diff only.
Precaution signage is to remain posted and isolation cart outside of room.
A risk assessment should be done prior to entering a patient room to determine if gown and gloves are required or if hand hygiene is sufficient. If no patient contact is occurring, we recommend hand hygiene only. If you are going to come in contact with body fluids/excretions/secretions, wear gloves and a gown.”
Wear gown and gloves for:
- Body contact with blood/body fluids/secretions/excretions
- Exposure to non-intact skin and mucous membranes
- Exposure to contaminated equipment or surfaces including cleaning
Update Tuesday March 24, 2020:
N95 Masks/PPE and Questions around Your Rights for Work Refusal
*** Please Contact your Local Bargaining Unit President, Annette Saccon for information and guidance surrounding work refusals***
Information as provided by Ontario Nurses Association:
Communicating and Triggering the Work Refusal Process for Coronavirus:
Under the Occupational Health & Safety Act (OHSA), health-care workers in places like hospitals and long-term care homes do have a right to refuse unsafe work but it is more limited than industrial workers and community health-care workers.
When dealing with infectious disease, health-care workers can refuse to work as long as the elements of the work and workplace are NOT INHERENT in their work and refusing does not endanger them or someone else.
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