Support and Activism
From time to time, members of the Ontario Nurses' Association take action in support of or in opposition to a health or labour cause. Such actions include showing solidarity with union members in who are locked out or on strike, writing letters in support, and/or educating people about an issue. We will also post any items released by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and other allies.We will list opportunties that are available to ONA members offered by other unions and affiliates.
November 21, 2013: The federal conservative government is continuing its attack on workers, this time by tabling Bill C-525. The bill aims to restrict the ability for workers to organize and establish and/or join a trade union. Please send a message to the official opposition Labour Critic and tell him that you support him in his efforts to defend the right to choose to join a union. Send your message today!
October 29, 2013: Read the October 2013 edition of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions' publication Nurses' Voice. In this issue: a recap from the CFNU convention and updates from nurses' unions across Canada.
June 19, 2013: At the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions convention in June 2013, about $2,000 was raised by members' donations. Part of the funds raised were donated to Fife House, the largest house in Canada dedicated to people living with HIV/AIDS. Read the thank-you letter from the Fife House.
April 15, 2013: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and the Canadian Nurses Association have jointly responded to The Fifth Estate's progam, Rate My Hospital. Read their response here. As CFNU President Linda Silas notes, “I sincerely hope the federal government paid close attention to this series,” said Silas. “Canada’s health-care system is lacking leadership from the current government, and Canadians are being put at risk. When the health and safety of our nation is at stake, they must take an active role in health."
March 26, 2013: The Canadian Labour Congress has announced the winner of its One Minute Video Contest. Congratulations to Michael Rouse who submitted this fantastic clip about solidarity.The objective of the contest was to come up with the best message and best video in just under a minute about the union advantage and what it means for you, your family and your community. Watch the video here.
March 15, 2013: Read the letter that the Ontario Nurses' Association sent to Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews about ensuring the safety and integrity of Canada's blood supply. The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions supports Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews' request to ask the Federal Minister of Health to refrain from approving licenses to for-profit blood agencies to expand the commercialization of the blood and plasma system. Read CFNU's letter to Minister Matthews here.
March, 2013: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions sent a letter to the Federal Minister of Health about the commercialization of the Canadian blood system. The letter states, in part, "We are concerned that the introduction of pay for blood will threaten the safety of the Canadian blood supply system." Read the letter here.
December, 2012: Read the latest Hot on the Hill produced by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions. This newsletter provides an overview of happenings in Ottawa and internationally. Also, watch a year-end message from CFNU President Linda Silas.
November 14, 2012: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions sent an e-mail letter to Members of Parliament about supporting Bill C-400. See the letter below:
Canada's nurses urge you to support Bill C-400, An Act to ensure secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing for Canadians.
One and a half million households in Canada are in need of core housing. Over one million Canadians have been estimated to be homeless (Wellesley Institute, Precarious Housing in Canada 2010). It is well documented that people unable to obtain adequate shelter tend to be of poorer health and attain a lower level of education than people who have access to suitable housing. Housing is a social determinant of health and is recognized as a key to stabilizing individuals and families who are struggling in poverty and/or with addictions and mental health issues.
People who do not have a healthy place to live, regardless of whether they are vulnerably housed or homeless, are at high risk of serious physical and mental health problems and major problems accessing the health care they need. Many end up hospitalized or in the emergency department. Almost half (40%) of people who don't have a healthy place to live have been assaulted at least once in the past year, and 1 in 3 (33%) have trouble getting enough to eat.
- Research Alliance for Canadian Homelessness, Housing and Health. (2010). Housing Vulnerability and Health: Canada's Hidden Emergency
Investments in secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing pay off. They pay off economically in jobs created to enhance the housing stock. They pay off in better education outcomes and greater workforce participation. They pay off in reduced health care, justice and income support costs.
The economic and social return on investment in secure, adequate, accessible and affordable housing is very high. It is also the right thing to do, as recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
November 7, 2012: Please take action: Advocate on behalf of your local and your members' behalf! The Federal Conservative proposed Bill C-377 is a direct attack on unions. This Bill will require that Locals and provincially to disclose line-by-line informtion to the government. Please contact your MP and let him/her know that this Bill cannot pass. The Canadian Labour Congress has published a book that gives the facts about this Bill. Please don't delay: Contact your Member of Parliament today.
November 2, 2012: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions has published its latest edition of its newsletter, Hot on the Hill. Please download and read your copy today!
October 18, 2012: Send striking Wal-Mart workers a message of your solidarity! Wal-Mart workers are on strike in the United States. Please show your solidarity and sent a message to those workers. Visit this page and send a message to show your support!
September 28, 2012: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions released a new report on nursing workload and patient care in Halifax yesterday at a provincial health ministers meeting. The report notes that excessive nursing workload is negatively affecting patient outcomesat a meeting with provincial health ministers. Read the media release here.
Download the full report here.
September 11, 2012: The Ontario Health Coalition will hold its annual assembly and conference and you're invited to attend. The assembly is on Saturday, November 17 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. while the conference will take place on Sunday, November 18 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Both events will take place at the Hart House Music Room, University of Toronto, 7 Hart House Circle. Registration fees are on a sliding scale from $0 to $35 per day. For more information, please visit the Ontario Health Coalition's website.
Document Download: OHC Assembly and Conference Flyer and Registration Form
July 25, 2012: The Ontario Nurses' Association sent a letter of congratulations to the workers of Rio Tinto Alcan (RTA), the third-largest global mining company. This company attempted to reduce its labour costs by replacing its unionized workers, with non-union, contract workers who would be paid half the wages and have no benefits or pensions. The workers were locked out for six months and in early July, a new contract was ratified by the workers who were locked out. Congratulations! Read a copy of the letter from ONA here. Read the French version of the letter here.
June 26, 2012: The Ontario Nurses' Association supports the 59 Cents Campaign. This initiative raises awareness and attention to the dangerous cuts to the refugee health care program (Interim Federal Health Program). A new Facebook and YouTube campaign supporting this initiative is now making waves on the Internet. The idea is to send 59 cents to Prime Minister Stephen Harper to protest and petition against the changes to the Program.
Send your mail (postage is free) to:
The Right Honourable Stephen Harper
Prime Minister of Canada, Office of P.M.
80 Wellington St.
June 19, 2012: Speak out about refugee health! Reject dangerous cuts to refugee health care. The Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario has launched an online petition to try to stop proposed cuts to health care coverage for refugee claimants. The petition is addressed to Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty. Sign the petition today to show your support for to this important issue.
May 24, 2012: The Ontario Region of the Canadian Labour Congress has initiated a Summer School program which consists of two week-long sessions running from July 15-20 and July 22-27. Courses include collective bargaining, labour law, instructor training to women in leadership, and much more. Additionally, the school engages with allies in the international trade union movement who provide direct experiences working in other workplace settings. Please download the summer school program to see if you, as an ONA member, may be interested in attending.
May 24, 2012: ETFO President Sam Hammond wrote a letter to ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud congratulating ONA on achieving a collective agreement for Handimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses. Read the letter here.
May 18, 2012: The Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions supports the Robin Hood Tax initiative. This important program aims to implement a tiny tax (0.05%) that would be levied on all financial market transactions in order to raise resources for fighting poverty and climate change at home and abroad. It would cover financial transactions traded through stock exchanges, futures exchanges or any other facility established for the purpose of trading ("exchange trading") by financial market actors. Please read the briefing prepared by the CFNU and take action in support of the Robin Hood Tax.
May 17, 2012: ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, Vice-President Anne Clark and Local Coordinator 49 Bernadette Robinson support United Steel Worker (USW) members who have been locked out for two years by their employer Commonwealth Plywood in Pembroke.