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May 12 to 18 is National Nursing Week 2014. CUPE National President Paul Moist and CUPE National Secretary-Treasurer Charles Fleury wish a happy Nursing Week to all of CUPE’s nurses.

In a letter sent to CUPE locals, Moist and Fleury affirm that Nursing Week is a chance to recognize all nurses for the indispensible frontline care that they provide.

CUPE proudly represents tens of thousands of registered practical nurses (RPNs) and licensed practical nurses (LPNs). We are also very proud to count several hundred registered nurses (RNs) as CUPE members.

“We applaud CUPE members and staff who have worked for decades to advance nursing team issues,” wrote Moist and Fleury. “These include: fighting for proper workloads and staffing; negotiating higher shift premiums and compensation increases; advocating for full utilization of our skills; and, collaborative or team nursing.”

CUPE strongly supports multidisciplinary teamwork and full utilization of all team members. Our members know that health care workers are stronger when we bargain together.”

CUPE health care workers are skilled and dedicated professionals who work day in and out to provide excellent care for people in need.”

“On behalf of CUPE, we thank you for your tremendous work and we recognize that every health care worker is an irreplaceable member of the patient care team. We recommit to fighting for a health care system that allows for every team member to engage fully in providing high quality care”, concluded the CUPE national officers.

CUPE is currently campaigning for a new national Health Accord which is needed to ensure proper funding and higher standards for public health care.

You can learn more by visiting: saveourhealthcare.ca.