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February 5, 2018

Huffington Post Blog: Nurses Go To Work Expecting To Be Hurt By Patients. This Has To End

By Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions Nurses Go To Work Expecting To Be Hurt By Patients. This Has To End They also expect to be dismissed or ignored when they complain or report it. Huffington Post Blog – February 5, 2018 People are shocked when they hear front-line nurses’ stories of workplace […]

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February 14, 2018

CFNU President Linda Silas reflects on the recent CLC Canadian Council meeting

A strong sense of community is more essential for our labour movement than ever. By Linda Silas The recent decision of Unifor, Canada’s largest private sector union, to disaffiliate from our national labour federation, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), has cast uncertainty on the future of our labour community, and threatens to create even more […]

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February 13, 2018

New study adds to mounting evidence that the Trudeau government must create a national pharmacare plan

New research confirms that difficulty affording medications remains a major problem in Canada. In 2016 alone: An estimated 1.69 million Canadians did not fill prescriptions, skipped doses, or otherwise did not take medication as prescribed because of out-of-pocket costs. More than 900,000 Canadians reduced their spending on basic necessities like food and heat to pay […]

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February 7, 2018

Nurses in Solidarity with UNITE HERE! Local 75 Members

The CFNU expresses Canada’s nurses’ solidarity with UNITE HERE! Local 75 members and joins the Canadian Labour Congress in condemning the decision of the Unifor leadership to disaffiliate from the CLC and raid the members of UNITE HERE! Local 75. Read CLC Canadian Council’s statement.   CFNU’s Open letter to members of UNITE HERE Local 75: Brother Ian […]

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January 19, 2018

Statement from Linda Silas regarding Unifor's disaffiliation from the CLC

Dear CFNU members, By now, most of you have likely learned about Unifor’s decision to leave the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), as of January 17, 2018. I join CLC President, Brother Hassan Yussuff, in expressing my deep disappointment with this news, and I commit to redoubling my efforts to help build a strong CLC. We, […]

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January 17, 2018

“Kicked, punched, spat on, sworn at, or worse”: Canada’s nurses convene union roundtable to tackle the crisis of violence in health care

Media Release OTTAWA, Jan. 17, 2018  — As violence rates in the health care sector continue to escalate, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has convened a two-day roundtable of 17 unions representing health care workers from across the country. “Every day nurses and frontline care providers go to work knowing they may be […]

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December 19, 2017

Participate in the Canadian Nurse Practitioner Study!

Survey now closed.   The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has launched a Nurse Practitioner (NP) project aimed at developing recommendations for governments and policy-makers across Canada to improve NP working conditions to better attract and retain NPs, and expand NP positions throughout the health care system. About three million Canadians receive care from an […]

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December 7, 2017

Ontario government announces nurses to be covered under PTSD presumptive legislation

Media Release ONA Celebrates Win for Front-Line Nurses: Government announces nurses to be covered under PTSD presumptive legislation December 6, 2017 The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is celebrating an announcement by the provincial government that nurses will be included in Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) legislation. “We are ecstatic that the government has decided to do […]

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November 21, 2017

Documents reveal federal government involvement with private plasma firm

MEDIA RELEASE On the 20th anniversary of Canada’s tainted blood inquiry, documents reveal the federal government worked with private pharmaceutical industry to undermine Krever’s landmark recommendations  Tuesday November 21, 2017 (OTTAWA) – On the eve of the 20th anniversary of the Krever Inquiry into the tainted blood scandal, parliamentarians, health advocates and health professionals gathered […]

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November 17, 2017

Powerful video shows loss of life without pharmacare

As part of the national campaign for universal pharmacare, the Canadian Labour Congress has just launched a powerful new video telling the story of Judy Pope, a Cambridge, Ontario woman forced to make an impossible choice: pay for medication that would prolong her life, or keep her family’s finances and home intact. A cancer-fighting medication had kept […]

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November 17, 2017

Huffington Post Blog: Seniors Deserve Far More Than Provinces' Empty Platitudes

Huffington Post Blog – November 15, 2017  By Linda Silas, President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions On talk shows, in news headlines, and in speaking with seniors, nurses hear the same stories: seniors who need care don’t know where to turn. Most seniors want to “age in place,” maintaining their independence for as long […]

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