Calling interested members: join your Local Communication Committee!

Local 196 is seeking a creative, motivated, self-directed member to join our Local Communcation Commitee! Details below!Click here for the Local 196 Communication Committee Roles & Responsibilities Document (Jan.2020)

Local 196 e-newsletter – February edition now available!

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Local 196 February e-Newsletter!

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Local 196 UNA e-newsletter: February 2020

The Local newsletter was sent via MailChimp with updated member contact information from Provincial UNA Office. It was sent to personal email addresses only. If you did not receive our newsletter, please email to be added to our subscribers list. You don’t want to miss out!

Nurses plan information walks and rallies across Alberta for Feb. 13

reposted from (February 3, 2020)

“UNA Locals across Alberta are planning to hold events on Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020 to raise concerns about the Alberta government’s decision to to lay off hundreds of Nurses across Alberta and the impact it will have on safe patient care. Eliminating nursing jobs contradicts all evidence of the best way to run a safe and effective health care system.

UNA members and supporters are welcome to participate. UNA members are encouraged to participate on their non-work time or coffee and lunch breaks.

The following UNA Locals are have scheduled events on Feb. 13 (this list will be updated as more events are announced).


Local 1 (Peter Lougheed Centre)
Where: Coffee cart on the main level of the Peter Lougheed Centre, 3500 26 Ave NE, Calgary
When: 1130-1330

Local 95 (Alberta Children’s Hospital)
Where: Information walk across the street from Alberta Children’s Hospital Main Entrance, Collegiate Road and McLaurin Street NW, Calgary.
When: 1200-1300

Local 115 (Foothills Medical Centre)
Where: Information walk outside of Foothills Medical Centre on the east side of the new central parkade (formerly Lot 1) facing 29th Street NW, Calgary
When: 1100-1300

Local 121 (Rockyview General Hospital & Local 211 (Calgary Community)
Where: Information walk at 10101 Southport Road SW on the corner of Southland Dr. and Macleod Trail, Calgary
When: 1100-1300, RSVP on Facebook

Local 415 (South Health Campus)
Where: Walk about on the main level of the South Health Campus, 4448 Front St SE, Calgary
When: 1000-1400


Local 15 (St. Mary’s Hospital – Camrose)
Where: Information walk outside MLA Jackie Lovely’s Office, 4870-51 Street, Camrose
When: 1130-1330


Local 28 (Drayton Valley Health Centre/Breton Health Centre)
Where: Rally outside the Drayton Valley Health Centre, 4110 50 Ave, Drayton Valley
When: 730-900


Local 11 (Misericordia Community Hospital)
Where: Information walk on 87 Avenue in front of the Misericordia Hospital, 16940-87 Avenue, Edmonton
When: 1130-1330 RSVP on Facebook

Local 33 (Royal Alexandra Hospital)
Where: Information walk on 111 Avenue between the Robbins Pavilion and the Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton
When: 1130-1330

Local 79 (Grey Nuns Community Hospital)
Where: Information walk outside the Grey Nuns Community Hospital, 1100 Youville Drive W, Edmonton
When: 1130-1330

Local 183 (Alberta Hospital Edmonton)
Where: Rally at Alberta Hospital Edmonton, 17480 Fort Road NW, Edmonton
When: 1100-1300

Local 302N (Cross Cancer Institute) & Local 301 (University Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute)
Where: Information walk University Avenue outside the Cross Cancer Institute, 11560 University Avenue, Edmonton
When: 1600-1800


Local 96 (Northern Lights Regional Hospital)
Where: “Show Alberta Nurses some love” information walk outside the Northern Lights Regional Hospital, 7 Hospital Street, Fort McMurray
When: 1130-1300


Local 84 (Hinton Healthcare Centre/Hinton Community)
Where: Information walk outside the Hinton Continuing Care Centre, 1280 Switzer Drive, Hinton
When: 1200-1300


Local 75 (Seton Health Centre)
Where: Rally outside the Seton Health Centre, 518 Robson Street, Jasper
When: 1130-1330


Local 70 (Medicine Hat Regional Hospital)
Where: Rally outside the Medicine Hat Regional Hospital (outside the acute care side of the building), 666 5 Street SW, Medicine Hat
When: 1100-1300


Local 43 (Olds Hospital and Care Centre)
Where: Event at Cocoa Tree Bakery Shoppe, 5106-46 Street, Olds
When: 1100-1400


Local 2 (Red Deer Regional Hospital) and Local 218 (Central Zone Community)
Where: Information walk from City Hall (4914-48 Avenue) to MLA Jason Stephens’ office (201, 4327 – 54 Avenue), Red Deer
When: 1200-1300


Local 85 (Sturgeon Community Hospital)
Where: Information walk on Boudreau Road south of the Sturgeon Hospital, St. Albert
When: 1130-1300″



Notice of Local Meeting: March 9, 2020


Local 196 will be holding a Local General Meeting on March 9, 2020 at

Fantasyland Hotel, West Edmonton Mall located at 17700 87 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB.

Dinner: 1730h
Meeting: 1800h
Meeting is open to all Local 196 members.

Please register for the meeting via DMS.


Meeting to include:

  • Review of Constitutional Amendments and Policy Resolutions proposals for 2020 Provincial AGM
  • Election of 1 PRC Committee Member

Nomination Deadline: March 2, 2020@ 1630h.

*Nominations must be faxed or emailed to contact info below*

Polling Hours @ Meeting: 1830h to 1930h


Download your Local 196 Nomination Form form now or find it under the ‘Resources’ tab.

Forms must be submitted via fax @ 780-493-8579 or via email to

Don’t use Ernst & Young report on AHS to negotiate with employees in media, UNA president advises health minister

Reposted from (February 3, 2020)

“The Alberta Government clearly hopes to use the Ernst & Young report on Alberta Health Services to take Alberta down a road to substantial health care privatization, says United Nurses of Alberta President Heather Smith.

Responding to arguments made in the review by the British-based multinational management consulting corporation and released at Health Minister Tyler Shandro’s news conference yesterday morning, Smith said the sale of public assets, outsourcing, and contracting out of health care have all been rejected by Albertans, “who have made it clear they don’t want to pay more to get less.”

In that regard, however, the outcome of the $2-million Ernst & Young review of AHS operations was no surprise, she observed, as it clearly reflects the government’s privatization agenda.

Expressing concern the government is using the report to bargain through the media with front-line health care employees, Smith pointed out that health care compensation in Alberta must be examined in the context of all salaries. “Statistics Canada figures show that average weekly earnings in virtually all job categories in Alberta are higher than in all other Canadian provinces,” she explained.

“This is true in management positions, business and administration, the sciences, education, law, community and government services, art and culture, sales and service, trades and transport, natural resources and agriculture, manufacturing and utilities, and , yes, health care,” she stated. “So you could have done this study for any business or public enterprise in Alberta and said exactly the same thing.”

“Cherry-picking health care pay and trying to use that as a club in bargaining to make nurses and other front-line health care providers alone pay for big cuts the government hopes to make is unjust and certainly won’t impress our members, the majority of whom are women,” she said.

“We’ll certainly be making that point at the bargaining table and we expect to prevail if the collective bargaining approach is allowed to function as the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms guarantees,” Smith stated, noting that AHS “tabled these very proposals” in bargaining for UNA’s next collective agreement on January 15.

Smith said there is no evidence whatsoever for Ernst & Young’s claim “provisions contained in the collective agreements can make it challenging for AHS to implement innovative staffing approaches to meet demands, especially in rural areas.”

The report’s authors appear to have tried to delve into the minutiae of UNA’s collective agreement with AHS without understanding the agreement, she continued. For example, contrary to a statement made by Ernst & Young in its review, UNA’s current collective agreement with AHS includes a letter of understanding that allows the employer to create rural multi-site positions.

As for the claim by Ernst & Young that collective agreements contain provisions restricting the use of vacancies, “we have no idea what they’re talking about.”

She also said it would be disgraceful if the government were to seriously consider the ironic Ernst & Young recommendation that Canada’s largest health care provider try to cut health care benefits to employees who work less than 15 hours a week.

“UNA will never let such an idea go unchallenged. It’s poor policy from a health care perspective that would cost more money in the long run, and it’s simply immoral,” she said.

Smith said she is also troubled by the report’s recommendation that the staffing mix should be changed to include a higher percentage of health care aides and licensed practical nurses. “These are patient care decisions that need to be made by clinicians, not accountants.””

Last chance to register for the Local 196 February 10, 2020 education event!

REGISTRATION CLOSES February 3, 2020 at 2359H!
UNA Local 196 welcomes Dr. David Posen

“Doc Calm” – Bestselling Stress & Wellness Authority

Multi-talented David Posen, MD has been a successful international keynote speaker, author and seminar leader for more than two decades. As an authority on stress management, he delights audiences across North America with an interactive approach that never fails to captivate, motivate, entertain and inspire.

To really know David Posen, author, speaker, physician, athlete, musician and family man, imagine an adventurer who regularly stops to chat with people along his travels – to observe and, most of all, to listen and learn. There are talkers and there are listeners. David is both: an interesting talker and a keenly interested listener. As a speaker, David has enthralled and compelled corporate and professional audiences across North America. David’s ability to listen – to his patients, audiences, colleagues, friends and even himself – has resulted in three best selling, Always Change a Losing Game, Staying Afloat When The Water Gets Rough, which went into a second printing after only five weeks of its release in September 1998.  His most recent work Is Work Killing You. David makes every keynote, conference address, convention workshop, or executive retreat a memorable experience. Befitting an adventurer, David worked on a research project in San Francisco before graduating from the University of Toronto Medical School in 1967. He then interned in Edmonton, Alberta and practiced in the Canadian Arctic and Jerusalem before settling in Oakville, Ontario in 1971. More than a decade into a highly successful family practice, David changed his game plan to focus on stress management and lifestyle counselling. Along the way, his buoyant approach to life’s challenges has helped countless people stay afloat! (




Fantasyland Hotel, 17700 87 Ave.

Monday, February 10, 2020

Doors/Cash Bar @ 17:30   

Dinner @ 18:00

Speaker @ 19:15


This event is open to members & duespayers of

Local 196 only.


Registration must be completed using a non-AHS email.

Click the Eventbrite link to register.

Registration Deadline is February 3, 2020.



Questions/Dietary requests? Please email


If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please cancel your ticket via Eventbrite or email prior to the registration deadline.

Cancellation instructions and waitlist instructions are on the local website:






Join your Local Communication Committee!

Local 196 is seeking a creative, motivated, self-directed member to join our Local Communcation Commitee! Details below!Click here for the Local 196 Communication Committee Roles & Responsibilities Document (Jan.2020)