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Historic day for health care in Canada: pharmacare

February 23, 2024 | Media Releases

Today marks a historic day for health care in Canada, as an agreement between the Liberal government and the NDP on Pharmacare is confirmed. The steadfast efforts by the NDP will now pave the way for a universal national pharmacare program and represents an important step towards equitable access to prescription drugs for all Canadians. For many years, Steelworkers, with the broader labour movement, have worked with the NDP to push for a universal, single-payer pharmacare plan, that would reduce the burden of expensive, inaccessible prescription drugs for Canadians. The bill, to be tabled shortly, will establish the framework for a national Pharmacare program and will also introduce, in the short term, new coverage for contraception and diabetes treatment, addressing the urgent health care needs of Canadians.

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B.C. budget aimed at affordability and priorities of working British Columbians

February 23, 2024 | Media Releases

The United Steelworkers union (USW) commends the B.C. government for continuing to invest in health and mental health, housing, affordability and important infrastructure around the province. “Our members, like all British Columbians, feel the impact of increasing costs of living amid a slowing global economy. The government has it right by continuing to direct spending […]

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USW expresses concern over Metro Vancouver crane collapses, joins calls for B.C. government to release report on deadly Kelowna incident

February 22, 2024 | Media Releases

The United Steelworkers union (USW) is expressing deep concern regarding the recent crane incidents and the recent crane collapses in Burnaby and Surrey and is joining calls for the B.C. government and WorkSafeBC to release the report from the deadly Kelowna crane collapse in 2021. “These incidents underscore the urgent need for a comprehensive examination […]

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A collage image of patients at a hospital and medical devices. At the bottom is a group of people holding a life-sized donation cheque to the hospital. There is text at the bottom that says 'The Foundations at Health Sciences North have one million reasons to be thankful as the United Steelworkers Local 6500 surpass the lifetime giving total of $1 million donated to enhance all areas of patient care across Health Sciences North including the realization of the children's treatment centre, the purchase of vital equipment and the funding of cancer research'

United Steelworkers Local 6500 surpasses $1 million in lifetime giving to the Foundations at Health Sciences North

February 15, 2024 | Media Releases

The Foundations at Health Sciences North (HSN) have one million reasons to be thankful as the United Steelworkers (USW) Local 6500’s most recent donation on February 1st surpasses their lifetime giving total of $1 million dedicated to enhancing patient care at HSN.

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Letter to Prime Minister Trudeau re: Reverse Decision to Suspend UNRWA Funding

February 13, 2024 | Media Releases

The Right Honourable Justin Trudeau Prime Minister of CanadaOffice of the Prime Minister 80 Wellington Street OTTAWA, ON K1A 0A2 Dear Prime Minister Trudeau: Re: Reverse decision to suspend UNRWA funding On behalf of six Canadian labour unions representing over 2 million workers, we are writing to raise concern about the recent announcement by the Government of Canada […]

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