CUPE 204 mourns health care aide who passed away from COVID

With profound sadness our local has learned today about the death Jean Claude Dianzenza, a CUPE 204 member at Victoria General Hospital. We express our deepest condolences, on behalf of all our members, to his family, friends, and coworkers.

Jean Claude worked on the COVID unit, a true hero on the front-line in the fight against this terrible virus.

CUPE members know working in health care is like being part of a big family.

We look out for each other, we care for one another.  And now we mourn together.
Any loss of a health care worker creates a ripple effect across the entire system.

A lot of us will be asking ourselves how this happened.

While we are working on the front lines protecting Manitobans, is enough being done to protect us? Do we have sufficient personal protective equipment (PPE) to protect us? Is government doing enough to help us, so we can help others?

These are all questions we will be asking government and our employers, and we will demand action.

While we pause in the coming days to reflect on this terrible loss, we are renewed in our commitment to hold government and employers accountable. We will push them to provide every protection possible for our members at work.

We thank the Manitoba Association of Health Care Professionals, the Manitoba Nurses Union, Manitoba Federation of Labour, members of the media and political parties, and countless others who have reached out to us directly to share their condolences and support.

- Debbie Boissonneault, President CUPE 204