“What do local fire fighters, bus drivers, power plant workers, senior police officers, and other City of Edmonton workers and managers all have in common with community nurses and Alberta Health Services managers?
They are all making life better for our city’s most vulnerable children, and for many others as well.
The Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund (ECECAF) has more than 11,000 participating members from nine local unions and employee associations. Each worker contributes a percentage of their salary to the fund every month. Some of the money is spent on member services such as driver education subsidies and scholarships; however, the majority of the funds (more than $1 million a year) goes to local charities, including the e4c School Nutrition Program at Edmonton’s five All In For Youth Schools, an initiative funded by United Way of the Alberta Capital Region.
“It is all of our members who are making this happen,” says Laura Manz, vice-chair of the ECECAF board of trustees, which decides which charities will receive funding. “They are making a difference with every pay cheque.”
Employees from these nine local unions make up ECECAF.
ECECAF partners with a wide variety of charities, including the Children’s Wish Foundation that transformed six-year-old Mable Tooke into the cancer fighting superhero “Spider Mable”. ECECAF has purchased a washer and dryer for a newcomer settlement agency, sponsored police dog agility training trials, and last year, gave its largest donation ever – $2 million towards the renovation of NorQuest College’s downtown Heritage Tower.
The goal for ECECAF’s board is to ensure the donated dollars always have “maximum impact to lift lives up within the communities that we live and work in”.
“It’s all about helping people to help themselves,” explains Manz. We chose to fund the e4c School Nutrition Program because children are challenged to participate fully in classroom learning if they don’t have good food in their bellies and we wanted to work with the United Way to support these students to reach their full potential.”
ECECAF got its start back in 1941 (the same year as our United Way), when soldiers were coming home from World War II and needed support to get back on their feet. “After the war, it expanded to the whole community,” recounts Manz. “But we haven’t strayed away from our roots. It’s people helping other people to live a full life.”
Like so many members of the ECECAF board, Manz has volunteered on the board for many years, but her commitment to helping others has been life-long. “Volunteering is a privilege,” says Manz. “I believe it is important to share with others, and ECECAF allows us to do that. ECECAF is not about giving handouts. ECECAF supports agencies that walk alongside others to give others a hand up.”
There is evidence that low literacy early in life, poor nutrition, poor school performance, and lack of employment skills contribute to the cycle of poverty. This is why ECECAF’s committed to supporting school lunch programs, early literacy development and youth employment programs. ECECAF is helping to build foundations of success for children and youth in our region.
School nutrition program provides healthy snacks for students
We would like to, once again, acknowledge the Edmonton Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund Board of trustees for your years of support to United Way and for helping contribute to changing young lives for the better. On behalf of the thousands of children, youth and families impacted by the programs ECECAF supports, thank you!”
Posted onApril 8, 2019|Comments Off on Registration Now Open for the May 6, 2019 Nurses Week EI/Education Dinner
Register now for the May 6, 2019 ei/Education Dinner
***NOTE THAT THIS DINNER IS DIFFERENT FROM THE LOCAL 196 “SPECIAL EVENT” ON APRIL 16, 2019***
Local 196 UNA welcomes Nurse Tilda
Tilda Shalof has been a caregiver all her life — at home for her family, at work for strangers — but her skills didn’t come easily. From when she was a child taking care of her sick parents to her career as an ICU nurse in one of Canada’s largest hospitals, there have always been daunting challenges and worthy rewards for her work. With her trademark humour, unflinching honesty, and skilled storytelling, she will be sure to make us laugh and teach us a thing or two!
FURTHER DETAILS ABOUT HER TALK TO COME…..
Fantasyland Hotel, 17700 87 Ave.
Doors/Cash Bar @ 17:30
Dinner @ 18:00
Speaker @ 19:00
Book signing to follow
This event is open to members & duespayers of
Local 196 only.
Registration must be completed using a non-AHS email.
Posted onFebruary 20, 2019|Comments Off on Bargaining Update: UNA and Employer exchange proposals in wage-reopener negotionations
Repost from una.ca (February 15, 2019)
The United Nurses of Alberta Negotiating Committee met today with the Employer Negotiating Team for Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care Centre, and The Bethany Group (Camrose).
UNA proposed to increase all rates by 3% as of April 1, 2019.
UNA’s proposal was based on input from UNA members and consideration of inflation rates for 2017 and 2018, as well as associated loss of purchasing power during the same period.
The Employers have proposed no adjustment to the salary appendix.
QUOTE from Employer document:
YEAR 3 – April 1, 2019 WAGE REOPENER.
AHS proposes that wage rates remain stable with no change for the 2019 year.
Our proposal is reflective of the economic situation in this province as of today.
AHS has continued to provide our Employees with stable employment and competitive compensation.
Employer Proposal: April 1, 2019 – 0% wage increase for all classifications in the Salary Appendix and Local Conditions of the Collective Agreement.
• No further dates set at this time.
FYI – the current Collective Agreement was ratified one year ago, February 15th, 2018.