Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions
CFNU 150 years
The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) has been the voice of nearly 200,000 unionized nurses and nursing students across the country. The CFNU and its provincial nurses’ unions across Canada are young organizations – most only forming 40 years ago. The CFNU was born in 1981, and though we may not have a long history, we certainly have a proud one. We are strong advocates for our members, we promote the nursing profession on the national level, and we work tirelessly to protect the quality of health care for our patients and our universal public health care system.
Today, we are proud to say that ninety percent of nurses in Canada are members of a union. Nurses’ union members take home some of the strongest pay and benefits packages in health care in the country. This is a point of pride for the CFNU and something that we will continue to fight for over the next 150 years for nurses across Canada.
We represent nurses’ unions in eight provinces (AB, SK, MB, ON, NB, NS, PEI and NL) and our associate members, the 35,000 student nurses of CNSA. The CFNU also enjoys a great working relationship with all unions that represent nurses and health care workers.
The CFNU is often described as an organization that is small but mighty. Throughout our history we have, and continue to, move health care forward by advocating on behalf of our nearly 200,000 members and champion evidence-based policy.
Over the years, our specific goals and deliverables may vary, but our strong guiding principles remain the same.
We are the active voice of Canada’s unionized nurses.
We are strong advocates of public health care in all its forms.
We are relentless defenders of the health and safety of nurses and the patients that we care for.
These themes are evident in all of the work that we do. As we celebrate 150 years, we are proud to share just some of the work and priorities that the CFNU undertakes to make us the robust organization that we are today, and one that nurses from coast to coast can feel proud to belong to for the next 150 years to come.
Evidence-based Research Is the Foundation of the Work That We Do
We are highly respected among health stakeholders, policy-makers, and the labour movement for the quantity and quality of the research work that we do. We are proud of the work that we have done, and continue to do, in order to inform and influence policy change at the federal level.
Workplace Health and Safety
Nurses are on the front lines, caring for patients 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and 365 days a year. Over the years, we have faced challenges where nurses across Canada have walked into work fearing for their health, safety and lives. The CFNU continues to work diligently to make workplace health and safety a top priority of the organization. We know that there is still work to do. We believe that no worker should ever walk into work fearing for their safety, and we will continue to fight for healthy workplaces for Canada’s nurses.
Over the years, the CFNU has enjoyed a proud tradition of engaging with parliamentarians, premiers, ministers of health, and policy-makers of every political stripe.
Time and time again, polling results show that nurses are one of the most trusted spokespersons in health care. Herein lies one of our greatest strengths and responsibilities nurses have, and we must continue to advocate for strong patient care and better, broader health and well-being for nurses and patients across Canada.
The Work Continues
Today, we continue our advocacy work alongside our members and supporters across the country.
When the CFNU identifies a gap, the issue becomes a passion. We are proud to have accomplished so much through our National Executive Board, members, staff and supporters. The CFNU is proud to join nursing stakeholders across the country to celebrate 150 years of dedication to the nursing profession, and look to the future as we plan for a strong and healthy Canada for generations to come.
Let’s continue this great work together.
Happy 150 years, Canada’s nurses!
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