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June 5, 2020
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In Memoriam: Canada’s Health Care Workers Who Have Died of COVID-19

Updated on June 5, 2020 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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June 2, 2020
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Canada’s nurses condemn anti-black racism

The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions joins other unions in Canada’s labour movement in condemning the recent racially motivated killings, and the ongoing disproportionate violence and policing of black people. Nurses affirm the fundamental value that Black Lives Matter. “As nurses, we are committed to acknowledging and fighting racism, bias and discrimination, all of which […]

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May 29, 2020
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Open letter to PM Trudeau from Canada's Nurses: Urgent Call for Action to Protect Canada’s Seniors

Click here for PDF of the letter signed by Linda Silas, president of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, and presidents of 8 provincial nurses’ unions (CFNU members). Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Like you and millions across our country, Canada’s nurses were appalled by the findings of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) in the course […]

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May 13, 2020
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Nurses to meet with parliamentarians to call for more robust pandemic preparedness

MEDIA RELEASE: Nurses to meet with parliamentarians to call for more robust pandemic preparedness May 13, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As part of National Nursing Week, Canada’s nurses will welcome members of parliament, senators and health care stakeholders to a virtual event focused on infectious disease preparedness and response. The event aims to build awareness of […]

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May 13, 2020
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Canada’s nurses mourn death of London nurse from COVID-19

Media Statement May 13, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – Nurses unions across Canada are devastated to learn that nurse Brian Beattie has died of COVID-19. Brian was a dedicated registered nurse who worked at Kensington Village, a long-term care home in London, Ontario. He was a member of the Ontario Nurses’ Association and the Canadian Federation […]

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May 9, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Long-term care seniors Statement

We Owe It to Canadians to Transform Long-Term Care

CFNU Statement: We Owe It to Canadians to Transform Long-Term Care The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions joins with other Canadian Labour Congress affiliates in supporting the calls to action in the report, Lessons from a Pandemic: Union Recommendations for Transforming Long-Term Care in Canada, released today. The CLC report reflects the CFNU’s previous recommendation […]

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May 9, 2020
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Nursing Week Message from CFNU President Linda Silas

Dear members and supporters, Each year, National Nursing Week presents an opportunity to thank nurses and health care workers for their incredible dedication to work that is difficult, draining and far too often dangerous. But as nurses, we make a real difference in the lives of our patients, and that’s why we keep coming back. […]

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April 28, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

Canada’s nurses mark National Day of Mourning

MEDIA RELEASE Canada must stop neglecting the safety of frontline workers, says nurses’ union leader Linda Silas on National Day of Mourning April 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As Canada observes today’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, the country’s largest nurses’ organization joins unions across the country demanding action to keep […]

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April 24, 2020
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Supporting your mental health during COVID-19

COVID-19 has catapulted us into strange and unprecedented times. Like all Canadians, health care workers have had their way of life turned upside down; we are all learning to adapt to a new way of life. The nature of our work has also changed dramatically. Not only are we on the front lines of this […]

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April 22, 2020
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COVID-19 – the Right to Know, the Right to Participate and the Right to Refuse – Every Workers’ Right, Including Health Care Workers

As the COVID-19 crisis in Canada deepens, the CFNU reaffirms to every health care employer that basic workers’ rights that are protected in provincial health and safety laws across Canada also exist for nurses and for all health care workers. They include: 1. The Right to Know ensures health care workers are told about the […]

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