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February 24, 2020
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses call on Trudeau to support NDP’s new pharmacare bill

February 24, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – On behalf of 200,000 nurses across the country, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is applauding the NDP for today’s announcement that they will introduce a bill to implement pharmacare across Canada. Nurses are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to support the NDP’s bill and create a national single-payer […]

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February 5, 2020
Canadian Labour Congress Media Release

Labour president Linda Silas announces campaign co-chairs for bid to lead Canada’s unions

February 5, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – It was announced today that Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare, along with Lionel Railton, Canadian Regional Director of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), will serve as co-chairs of the campaign to elect Linda Silas president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Working people and the unions that […]

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January 30, 2020
Coronavirus Global Nurses United

WHO must strengthen coronavirus guidelines, says Global Nurses United

The following letter was sent by Global Nurses United, signed by leaders of nurses unions from around the world, including CFNU President Linda Silas.   Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director‐General World Health Organization Avenue Appia 20 1211 Geneva SWITZERLAND Dear Dr. Tedros: The novel coronavirus, 2019‐nCoV, which has spread rapidly since it was first identified […]

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January 28, 2020
Coronavirus Media Release

Nurses unions call for immediate action to protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus

CFNU President Linda Silas: Nurses unions call for immediate action to protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus January 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – With one confirmed and one presumptive case of the novel (new) coronavirus in Canada, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing concern about uneven preparations for a potential pandemic […]

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January 28, 2020
Coronavirus

Coronavirus: Information and Updates

This page is intended to provide general information on the novel coronavirus, COVID-19. The CFNU will be updating this page with additional information as it becomes available. Guidelines for novel coronavirus COVID-19, targeted at health care workers, are currently under development by the Public Health Agency of Canada as well as by provincial public health […]

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January 14, 2020

Linda Silas announces run for presidency of the Canadian Labour Congress

Read Linda’s January 3 letter to members of the Canadian Labour Congress, below. Sisters, Brothers, and Friends, As we begin a new year and a new decade, I wanted to take a moment to reach out, reflect on our shared fights and common goals, and ensure you hear directly from me about my intentions in […]

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December 18, 2019
Blog Climate Crisis

Just Transition: For Healthier Jobs, Families and Communities

Let’s remember that there are no jobs on a dead planet By Linda Silas, CFNU President I’ve just returned home from my first-ever climate change conference. And it was a big one! As part of the Canadian labour delegation, I was one of 25 delegates selected by the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) to attend the largest […]

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December 5, 2019
Media Release

Trudeau must commit to universal pharmacare following Throne Speech, say nurses

December 5, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing disappointment with today’s Speech from the Throne, which failed to make a clear commitment to implement a pharmacare program that is unequivocally public, universal and single-payer. “Prime Minister Trudeau must stop hedging on pharmacare and follow the evidence overwhelmingly supporting a […]

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November 19, 2019
Media Release Pharmacare

Over 140 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

Ottawa, November 19, 2019: Today, over 140 national and provincial organizations from all regions across Canada released a joint statement calling on the new federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. The Pharmacare Now statement is supported by a diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors and patients from coast […]

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October 28, 2019

President’s message regarding the 2019 federal election

Linda Silas | CFNU President Dear nurses and supporters, Thank you so much for being a part of the campaign for care, not cuts, in this federal election. Canada’s nurses launched this campaign at our convention in June, aiming to make our voices heard and to highlight the upgrades our public health care system desperately […]

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