CAW President Ken Lewenza Kicks off Nurses' Week with Speech in Halifax

May 6, 2010, 10:49 AM EST


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CAW President Ken Lewenza will address more than 200 health care workers from across the country, on Saturday May 8 at the Delta Halifax. Lewenza will be speaking as part of the union's national health care conference going on in the city from May 7-9.

"During this time of government austerity and cutbacks, we must be vigilant in maintaining our universal health care system," said Lewenza. "The recent economic crisis has lead to short-sighted decisions by some governments to reduce health care services and demand compensation freezes for these workers, many of whom must work more than one part-time job to earn a decent standard of living."

"The Nova Scotia provincial government did the right thing in not attacking health care workers, rolling back wages or dictating the terms of collective bargaining, as some provinces are doing," said Lewenza. 

Speech by CAW National President Ken Lewenza
Saturday, May 8 at 9 a.m.
Delta Halifax - Baronet Ballroom
1990 Barrington Street
Halifax, Nova Scotia

The conference will also feature speeches by key guests on Friday, May 7 such as:
 
Hon. Maureen MacDonald, Minister of Health, Nova Scotia at 1:30 p.m. 
Dr. Pat Croskerry, Professor in Emergency Medicine at Dalhousie University at 2:30 p.m.
 
The CAW represents more than 27,000 health care workers across the country, predominantly in Nova Scotia and Ontario. The CAW has also released a Nurses' Week statement (May 10 -17), recognizing the important contributions health care workers make in our communities and calling for minimum staffing levels in all health care facilities.

To read the CAW Nurses' Week Statement, please visit: http://www.caw.ca/en/8909.htm

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