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March 7, 2018

This IWD, women in Canada are #DoneWaiting

To mark International Women’s Day 2018, the Canadian Labour Congress has unveiled a powerful new campaign for women’s economic justice. 2018 is our opportunity to build on the mounting public pressure for decision makers in Canada and around the world to take action to make feminist rhetoric a feminist reality. #DoneWaiting highlights three key labour […]

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February 28, 2018
Federal Budget Pharmacare

Joint letter to Prime Minister Trudeau on Finance Minister Bill Morneau's comment on pharmacare

Wednesday, February 28, 2018 The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Canadian Labour Congress and Canadian Doctors for Medicare are calling on Finance Minister Bill Morneau to recuse himself from the pharmacare file. In a joint letter sent to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today, the three organizations express dismay over comments made today by Minister Morneau […]

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February 27, 2018

Important progress on pharmacare cannot be delayed by more studies: CFNU

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (OTTAWA) – Canada’s nurses applaud the announcement in today’s federal budget of an Advisory Council on the Implementation of National Pharmacare, chaired by Dr. Eric Hoskins, with a mandate to work towards the implementation of a national pharmacare plan. For more than 20 years, the Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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February 27, 2018

Canada’s nurses welcome reports of a federal pharmacare task force

MEDIA RELEASE Tuesday, February 27, 2018 (OTTAWA) – Canada’s nurses welcome recent media reports that the Hon. Eric Hoskins will lead a task force on national pharmacare. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has been calling for universal prescription drug coverage for more than 20 years. “After decades of advocating for national pharmacare, this […]

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February 22, 2018
Canadian Labour Congress Federal Budget

What Canada’s unions would like to see in the federal budget

Canada’s economy is growing and that means this year’s federal budget can invest in ways that will have a positive impact on workers’ day-to-day lives. Here are some of the things we’ll be looking for in the federal budget. 1. A commitment to universal public pharmacare Canada is the only developed country in the world […]

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February 14, 2018

CFNU President Linda Silas reflects on the recent CLC Canadian Council meeting

A strong sense of community is more essential for our labour movement than ever. By Linda Silas The recent decision of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, to disaffiliate from our national labour federation, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), has cast uncertainty on the future of our labour community, and threatens to create even more […]

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February 13, 2018

New study adds to mounting evidence that the Trudeau government must create a national pharmacare plan

New research confirms that difficulty affording medications remains a major problem in Canada. In 2016 alone: An estimated 1.69 million Canadians did not fill prescriptions, skipped doses, or otherwise did not take medication as prescribed because of out-of-pocket costs. More than 900,000 Canadians reduced their spending on basic necessities like food and heat to pay […]

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February 7, 2018

Nurses in Solidarity with UNITE HERE! Local 75 Members

The CFNU expresses Canada’s nurses’ solidarity with UNITE HERE! Local 75 members and joins the Canadian Labour Congress in condemning the decision of the Unifor leadership to disaffiliate from the CLC and raid the members of UNITE HERE! Local 75. Read CLC Canadian Council’s statement.   CFNU’s Open letter to members of UNITE HERE Local 75: Brother Ian […]

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February 5, 2018

Huffington Post Blog: Nurses Go To Work Expecting To Be Hurt By Patients. This Has To End

By Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Nurses Go To Work Expecting To Be Hurt By Patients. This Has To End They also expect to be dismissed or ignored when they complain or report it. Huffington Post Blog – February 5, 2018 People are shocked when they hear front-line nurses’ stories of workplace […]

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January 19, 2018

Statement from Linda Silas regarding Unifor's disaffiliation from the CLC

Dear CFNU members, By now, most of you have likely learned about Unifor’s decision to leave the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), as of January 17, 2018. I join CLC President, Brother Hassan Yussuff, in expressing my deep disappointment with this news, and I commit to redoubling my efforts to help build a strong CLC. We, […]

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