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April 7, 2020
Coronavirus COVID-19 Media Release

“Canada must act urgently to protect all health care workers, before it’s too late,” Silas tells federal health committee

MEDIA RELEASE April 07, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – As president of the union representing 200,000 nurses, and on behalf of close to one million health care workers across the country, Linda Silas is demanding that the federal government act urgently to provide optimal personal protective equipment – including N95 respirators or a higher level of protection – for all […]

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April 2, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

Nurses with conditions that make them susceptible to COVID-19

Nurses who have underlying health conditions, are pregnant or are late-career are concerned with being exposed to COVID-19. Speak with your health care provider about your situation – and contact your union if your concerns aren’t being addressed.

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March 30, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

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 […]

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March 24, 2020
Coronavirus covid Media Release

Nurses call on federal government to urgently enact COVID-19 safety measures for health care workers

MEDIA RELEASE March 24, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is urging federal decision-makers to rapidly enact emergency measures to keep health care workers safe from COVID‑19. “Frontline nurses across the country are frustrated and insulted that many of them are being denied N-95 respirators and other safety equipment they know they need,” said Linda Silas, CFNU […]

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March 23, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

Position statement on COVID-19

Note: This is a reproduction of the CFNU Position Statement on COVID-19, which was updated and published in PDF form on March 23, 2020.  The point is not who is right and who is wrong about airborne transmission. The point is not science but safety. Scientific knowledge changes constantly. Yesterday’s scientific dogma is today’s discarded […]

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March 20, 2020
Child Care Coronavirus covid19

Dear Prime Minister: We need childcare NOW!

The following letter was sent to the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 20, 2020.  Subject: Your Support Needed for Emergency Child Care Funding during COVID-19 Dear Prime Minister: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and Child Care Now congratulate your government on its recently announced measures to support Canadians through the COVID-19 […]

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March 20, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

Protect our nurses!

The following piece was written by Barb Wahl, a former president of the Ontario Nurses Association. In 2003, Toronto was hit by SARS, a coronavirus. The city had the second-largest SARS outbreak in the world. Patients and health care workers became ill – two nurses died. There was much discussion about how SARS was spread. […]

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March 19, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

Letter to premiers re: Emergency Child Care Measures for Frontline COVID-19 Workers

The following is a joint letter by Linda Silas, CFNU President, and Morna Ballantyne, Executive Director of Child Care Now sent on March 18, 2020 to the premiers of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador.   Subject: Emergency Child Care Measures for Frontline COVID-19 Workers The Canadian Federation of Nurses […]

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March 18, 2020
Coronavirus covid19

Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau about emergency measures needed to support health care workers in the fight against COVID-19

The following letter was sent to the Right Honourable Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on March 18, 2020. Subject: Emergency Measures to Support Health Care Workers in the Fight against COVID-19 Dear Prime Minister: As COVID-19 continues to pose unprecedented challenges for health care systems on a global scale, frontline health care workers – as represented […]

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