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November 4, 2022
Health Human Resources Statement

Silas: Fiscal update – a missed opportunity to address health worker crisis

November 4, 2022 (Ottawa) – Canada’s nurses were disappointed not to see any new measures from the federal government to address critical shortages of nurses and other health workers, as Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland announced the Government of Canada’s priorities in the 2022 Fall Economic Statement. “Nurses need to know that the federal government […]

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September 8, 2022
Canadian Blood Services Statement

Canada’s nurses denounce privatization of Canada’s public blood supply system

Blood is a critical public medical necessity, not a commodity. Canada’s nurses condemn Canadian Blood Services’ (CBS) decision to introduce payment for plasma donations through their new deal with Grifols, an international pharmaceutical company. CBS has been signaling for weeks that it may, for the first time in its history, begin working with private companies […]

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August 22, 2022
Health Human Resources Statement

Canada’s nurses demand transparency and collaboration from premiers

It’s time to work together to save public health care, without secret meetings or agendas As provinces publicly discuss privatizing health care, Canada’s nurses are discouraged that some premiers are gathering for a summit on the dire state of the health care system, without including the workers who hold it together. The meeting of premiers […]

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August 19, 2022

Canada’s nurses call on Canadian Blood Services to cease negotiations with paid plasma industry

Canada’s nurses are deeply troubled by reports that Canadian Blood Services (CBS) – Canada’s national blood authority – is negotiating with paid plasma corporations to vastly expand commercial, for-profit plasma collection across the country. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has voiced our concerns about the presence of commercial plasma collection facilities since their […]

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May 9, 2022
Nurses Week Statement

National Nursing Week message from CFNU President Linda Silas

Invest in nursing and respect nurses’ rights to secure global health Dear members and supporters, Each year, National Nursing Week gives us the opportunity to thank and celebrate Canada’s nurses. You are smart, dedicated, compassionate and courageous professionals facing demanding work at even the best of times. After more than two years of working through […]

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April 28, 2022
Occupational Health & Safety Statement

Canada’s nurses mark National Day of Mourning

Silas says to truly honour workers, we must fight to ensure all workers go home safely at the end of each day. As Canada observes today’s National Day of Mourning for workers killed on the job, the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) joins unions across the country in demanding that occupational health and safety […]

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March 11, 2022
COVID-19 Nursing Shortage Statement

A message to nurses: A million thank-yous could never be enough

March 11, 2022, marks the second anniversary of the worst storm we have ever experienced in our health care system and because of you – Canada’s nurses – we are surviving. On behalf of every nurse union leader across the country and in every workplace: we have seen you in action, and we are so proud. For […]

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