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March 30, 2020

Building Trade Union members donate extra masks to support frontline workers against COVID-19


The following is a joint press release from Canada’s Building Trades Union and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions

Building Trade Union members donate extra masks to support frontline workers against COVID-19

Canada is facing an unprecedented time with the spread of COVID-19 putting extreme strains on our healthcare system and supplies. Canada’s Building Trades Unions has announced a partnership with Canada’s Federation of Nurses Unions to donate extra N-95 respirator masks and other protective equipment to nurses who remain on the front line to protect all of us from the spread of COVID-19.

“Canada’s Building Trades Union has always fought for and championed the health and safety of our members and their families,” said Robert Kucheran, Chairman, Canada’s Building Trades Unions. “We want to do our part, to support the crucial work of our front-line health care workers who are putting their own health at risk, to protect all of us. Given the shortage of health supplies we are experiencing across this country, we are asking our contractors and training centres to donate any extra N-95 respirators, face shields, goggles and other health supplies, not needed to protect our Building Trades members currently working, to hospitals in our local communities, and commend the Local Unions and Contractors already stepping up.”

“CBTU members and families have always been strong partners in building up Canada’s economy. Today, you are not only showing that you are real health and safety champions but you are showing compassion to close to one million health care workers who need to put safety first to save lives. On behalf of Canada’s nurses, I truly thank you,” said Linda Silas, President, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions.

To donate, work with your local Building Trades Council or local health care centre to coordinate distribution of the masks.