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    Power of Many

    Most Ontarians do not support the drastic changes the government is making. Ontarians don’t want cuts and privatization. A Rapid Response Network is an organizing committee and rapid response team of labour and community activists that deliver prompt solidarity actions in response to cuts and privatization efforts by Doug Ford’s PC government.

    The Waterloo Regional Labour Council is assisting in organizing our local Rapid Response Network and encourages our members to reach out if they are interested in helping us push back on the Ford Government's regressive actions!

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  • Ontario Federation of Labour announces boycott of Canadian Niagara Hotels

    The Ontario Federation of Labour, which represents 54 unions and one million workers in Ontario has issued an official boycott declaration of Canadian Niagara Hotels Inc. (CNH), effective immediately.

    The boycott is in support of the workers at the Rainforest Café, who have been seeking a first collective agreement with their employer for over a year.

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  • Attendees reminded that cuts to Ministry of Labour impact worker health and safety

    Sunday, April 28, 2019 is the labour movement’s most solemn day. The International Day of Mourning remembers those workers killed or injured on the job while continuing to fight for improved safety in our workplaces. This year, our local labour groups and the Waterloo Regional Labour Council (WRLC) recognized the Day of Mourning together with the community at Victoria Park in Kitchener.


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    Why Pharmacare?

    Canada’s unions are proud that we’ve won health insurance coverage for many of our members. But we believe anyone with a health card should have coverage for the medicines they need. That’s why we’re working to win a universal prescription drug plan that covers everyone in Canada, regardless of their income, age or where they work or live. 

    The Unfinished Business of Medicare

    Today, the only place where all Canadians are covered is in the hospital. The federal government covers the cost of prescription drugs for members of the Armed Forces and the RCMP, veterans and Indigenous people.

    The provinces and territories all provide different coverage. Most subsidize the cost of medications for vulnerable Canadians like those over 65 and recipients of social assistance and disability benefits. Many also provide catastrophic coverage for those with astronomical medical costs.

    But that still leaves one in five Canadians paying out of pocket for their medication because they either don’t have a prescription drug plan or have plans that don’t cover the cost.

    By the Numbers

    • About 8.4 million working Canadians don’t have prescription drug coverage.
    • The less you earn at work, the less likely you are to have prescription drug coverage.
    • Women and young workers are less likely to have the coverage they need.
    • Even those with drug plans are paying ever-increasing co-payments and deductibles.

    Pharmacare Makes Economic Sense

    Canada is the only developed country in the world with a universal health care program that doesn’t include a universal prescription drug plan. Instead, our multiple-payer system has resulted in the second highest prescription drug costs in the world next to the United States.

    Our patchwork prescription drug system is inefficient and expensive. It has left Canadians with wildly varying prescription drug coverage and access. Many are paying different rates for the same medications.

    We aren’t benefitting from the current system, but pharmaceutical and private insurance companies are. Pharmaceutical companies can charge higher prices for drugs because they sell to so many buyers. Private insurance companies benefit by charging employers, unions and employees to administer private drug insurance plans.

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    It’s time for Canada to catch up to our peers. It’s time to complete the unfinished business of our Medicare system with a universal prescription drug plan that will save money through bulk purchasing power.

    In New Zealand, where a public authority negotiates on behalf of the entire country, a year’s supply of the cholesterol-busting drug Lipitor costs just $15 a year, compared to $811 in Canada.

    That’s why Canada needs to combine the purchasing power of all Canadians under one plan. An annual investment of $1 billion by the federal government will mean Canadians save $7.3 billion a year on the medications they need.

    Canadians Say “YES” to Pharmacare

    An overwhelming majority – 91 percent – of Canadians believe our public health care system should include a universal prescription drug plan.

    Several national health care commissions have recommended the same, along with the Canadian Medical Association, Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions, Canadian Doctors for Medicare, Federation of Canadian Municipalities, Canadian Health Coalition, Council of Canadians and the Canadian Labour Congress.

    Provincial leaders are signaling support too. The Ontario provincial government, for example, has announced a targeted Pharmacare program that will cover full prescription drug costs for anyone under the age of 25.

    But patchwork measures aren’t enough. We need this federal government to commit to the implementation of a national, publicly-administered universal prescription drug plan for every Canadian, in every province and territory.



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