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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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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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February 24, 2020
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses call on Trudeau to support NDP’s new pharmacare bill

February 24, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – On behalf of 200,000 nurses across the country, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is applauding the NDP for today’s announcement that they will introduce a bill to implement pharmacare across Canada. Nurses are calling on Prime Minister Trudeau to support the NDP’s bill and create a national single-payer […]

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February 5, 2020
Canadian Labour Congress Media Release

Labour president Linda Silas announces campaign co-chairs for bid to lead Canada’s unions

February 5, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – It was announced today that Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare, along with Lionel Railton, Canadian Regional Director of the International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE), will serve as co-chairs of the campaign to elect Linda Silas president of the Canadian Labour Congress. “Working people and the unions that […]

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January 28, 2020
Coronavirus Media Release

Nurses unions call for immediate action to protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus

CFNU President Linda Silas: Nurses unions call for immediate action to protect health care workers from the novel coronavirus January 28, 2020 (OTTAWA, ON) – With one confirmed and one presumptive case of the novel (new) coronavirus in Canada, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing concern about uneven preparations for a potential pandemic […]

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December 5, 2019
Media Release

Trudeau must commit to universal pharmacare following Throne Speech, say nurses

December 5, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions is expressing disappointment with today’s Speech from the Throne, which failed to make a clear commitment to implement a pharmacare program that is unequivocally public, universal and single-payer. “Prime Minister Trudeau must stop hedging on pharmacare and follow the evidence overwhelmingly supporting a […]

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November 19, 2019
Media Release Pharmacare

Over 140 organizations call for Pharmacare Now

Ottawa, November 19, 2019: Today, over 140 national and provincial organizations from all regions across Canada released a joint statement calling on the new federal government to immediately implement universal, public pharmacare. The Pharmacare Now statement is supported by a diverse coalition representing health care providers, non-profit organizations, unions, workers, seniors and patients from coast […]

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October 22, 2019
Media Release Pharmacare

Canada’s nurses call on re-elected Liberal government to unite parties behind pharmacare

MEDIA RELEASE October 22, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions calls on Canada’s newly elected Liberal minority government to build unity across party lines to implement a national universal pharmacare program for everyone in the country. “Canada’s nurses and voters across the country have chosen a progressive Canada that prioritizes the […]

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October 16, 2019
Federal Election Media Release Pharmacare

Conservative health care platform is ‘dead on arrival’, say Canada’s nurses as they release their federal platform assessment

MEDIA RELEASE Conservative health care platform is ‘dead on arrival’, say Canada’s nurses as they release their federal platform assessment October 16, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has released an assessment of federal party platforms, comparing and scoring four major parties on their commitments to improving health care and access […]

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October 11, 2019
Federal Election Media Release Pharmacare

Conservatives fail Canadians suffering without pharmacare, say nurses

Friday October 11, 2019 (OTTAWA, ON) – Canada’s nurses are frustrated that the Conservative Party of Canada has failed to commit to implementing a universal pharmacare program. The Liberal, NDP and Green parties have each committed to a national universal pharmacare program. “It’s unfortunate to see a major federal party ignore the issue of pharmacare, […]

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