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October 20, 2021
COVID-19 vaccination

Booster shots should be offered to Canada’s health care workers

Booster shots should be offered to Canada’s health care workers: employers must apply a layered approach to protecting workers The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, which represents close to 200,000 nurses and student nurses across Canada, urges the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) to recommend that provinces/territories offer the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID‑19 booster shot to […]

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October 19, 2021
Violence

CFNU urges government to reflect assault against a health care worker in the Criminal Code as an aggravating circumstance

Below is the letter Linda Silas, CFNU President, sent today to Prime Minister Trudeau. Dear Prime Minister: I write on behalf of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) to urge your government to take serious and immediate steps to address the rampant workplace violence facing health care workers across the country. Assaults against nurses […]

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October 6, 2021
COVID-19 Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage

Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve

MEDIA RELEASE Nurses’ unions praise emergency health worker summit and call for urgent reprieve October 6, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is praising an emergency summit convened by doctors and nurses to address a health care system brought to its knees by the latest wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The CFNU […]

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September 24, 2021
COVID-19 Occupational Health & Safety

In memoriam: Canada’s health workers who have died of COVID-19

Updated on September 24, 2021 Across the globe, health care workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic do essential work caring for patients but all too often put themselves at risk of infection. Join the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions in remembering and honouring the lives of all Canada’s health care workers who […]

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September 21, 2021
Media Release Nursing Shortage

Canada’s nurses call on Trudeau to provide urgent support for Alberta health workers

MEDIA RELEASE Canada’s nurses join Alberta health unions in call for urgent federal support September 21, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing its support for Alberta’s health care unions as they seek urgent federal assistance for the province’s overwhelmed hospitals. Alberta’s hospitals are straining under a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases, […]

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September 17, 2021
Health Human Resources Media Release Nursing Shortage Safe Staffing

Canada’s nurses hold national day of action to highlight nursing crisis

September 17, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – Nurses, health care workers and their supporters are participating in a national day of action today, protesting the lack of government action to fix the critical nursing shortage and make urgently needed improvements to Canada’s beleaguered health care system. The day of action was called by the Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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September 14, 2021
Federal Election Media Release

Federal parties have failed to prioritize health care

MEDIA RELEASE Federal parties have failed to prioritize health care, say Canada’s nurses as they release election scorecard September 14, 2021 (OTTAWA, ON) – The country’s largest nurses’ organization is expressing frustration over the lack of emphasis placed on supporting nurses and public health care by federal parties during this election campaign. The Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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September 10, 2021
COVID-19 Media Release Workplace Safety

It’s time to bring the temperature down

Over the past few weeks, we have watched public discourse around vaccination and other public health measures rapidly devolve. This reached fever pitch, last week, as a small but vocal minority protested outside hospitals, disrupting access to vital care. More recently, we’ve seen federal election candidates attacked and their campaign signs defaced. Even the nursing […]

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September 8, 2021
COVID-19 Workplace Safety

Letter: Future PM must commit to robust measures to protect Canadians from COVID-19

The following letter was sent to all federal party leaders on September 3, 2021. Amid a fourth wave of COVID-19 and a federal election campaign, Canada’s nurses call on you to commit to adopting robust prevention measures to protect the Canadian public and frontline workers. We support the appeal sent to you by members of […]

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September 6, 2021
Blog COVID-19

Linda Silas: All workers deserve safety, dignity and respect

On this Labour Day, I’m reminded of the driving forces that coalesced workers into a strong labour movement. During the industrial revolution, workers banded together to demand safer and healthier working conditions. In mines and factories, they fought for the right to return home, safe and sound, at the end of the workday. They called for […]

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