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Nursing labour: The Saskatchewan Union of Nurses

On this week's episode of Talking Radical Radio, Rosalee Longmoore talks about her 15 years as the president of the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses (SUN).

The work of nurses is an absolutely essential yet often underappreciated backbone to the healthcare system -- one that is a crucial site of struggle that not only continues to shape the scope and wellbeing of practitioners of this important female-dominated profession, but that contributes to the health of all of us through its role in shaping the health system. Longmoore has been a registered nurse since 1976. She first got involved in SUN at the provincial level in 1984, and was president from 1998 until earlier this year. She talks about the changes in the health system and in the work of nursing over her years of involvement, the challenges of working with a union comprised of caregiving professionals, a critical strike she lead that defied back-to-work legislation and court orders in 1999, and the challenges facing the labour movement today.

To learn more about the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, click here.

Talking Radical Radio brings you grassroots voices from across Canada through in-depth interviews that concentrate not on current events or the crisis of the moment, but on giving people involved in a broad range of social change work a chance to take a longer view as they talk about what they do, how they do it, and why they do it. To learn more about the show in general, click here.

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Talking Radical Radio is brought to you by Scott Neigh, a writer, media producer, and activist based in Sudbury, Ontario, and the author of two books examining Canadian history through the stories of activists

 

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