Nurses to hold Day of Action information pickets across Alberta

reposted from una.ab.ca

After 18 months on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta’s nurses are exhausted and overworked.

Nurses go to work every day to make sure Albertans get the best and safest patient care possible. What we want most is fairness in the workplace.

Beds are closing because hospitals are short of nurses. This is because of the pandemic burnout and a long history of understaffing nurses.

Alberta needs nurses.

The roll backs proposed by the government are an insult to nurses and won’t help Alberta recruit and keep health care workers, which is what we need to keep hospital beds open.

Money is not the only issue in these talks. They want to roll back provisions that nurses have had for decades, including a very important rule that a Registered Nurse or Registered Psychiatric Nurse is in-charge of Nursing Units.

It’s about safe patient care.

Nurses want to able to focus on safe patient care. But that’s hard to do when hospitals are under- staffed and the government is attacking nurses and health care workers.

Alberta’s nurses are holding information pickets across Alberta to raise concerns about how understaffing, closed beds and rollbacks will impact patient care in Alberta. This list will be updated as more information pickets are announced.

Here is the list of info-pickets: https://www.una.ca/1267/una-day-of-action-on-august-11

EDMONTON PICKETS

Local 11 (Misericordia Community Hospital)
When: August 11 from 1130 to 1300
Where: Outside the Misercordia Community Hospital (16940 87 Ave NW, Edmonton)
Contact: local11exec@una.ca

Local 33 (Royal Alexandra Hospital)
When: August 11 from 1000 to 1400, speakers at 1200
Where: Outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital (10240 Kingsway NW, Edmonton) along Kingsway Avenue.
Contact: Lonee Rousseau at lrousseau@una.ca

Local 79 (Grey Nuns Community Hospital)
When: August 11 from 1130 to 1330 
Where: Outside the Grey Nuns Community Hospital (1100 Youville Drive NW, Edmonton)
Contact: local79exec@una.ca

Local 183 (Alberta Hospital Edmonton)
When: August 11 from 1200 to 1600
Where: Outside of Alberta Hospital Edmonton (17480 Fort Rd NW, Edmonton)
Contact: local183exec@una.ca

Local 301 (University Hospital, Stollery Children’s Hospital, Mazankowski Alberta Heart Institute)
When: August 11 from 1100 to 1500
Where: Outside the University of Alberta Hospital (8440 112 St NW, Edmonton) along 112 Street.
Contact: local301exec@una.ca

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ENTER TO WIN: LOCAL 196 SUMMER GIVEWAY!


Local 196 is giving away an Apple ipad, 2 pairs of Beats headphones, and a “Fun in Edmonton” gift basket!

HOW TO ENTER:
(you must complete both steps for your chance to win)

1) Login to DMS and check your contact information. If its correct, great. If it needs updating, make the changes and save.

2) Enter the draw ballot in DMS.

Deadline to enter: July 31, 2021 at 2359h

Winner will be notified by email or phone (with your correct contact info!)

Negotiations Update: Employers offer to continue Job Security LOU, but only if nurses agree to wage rollback

Reposted from una.ca

An update from the UNA Provincial Negotiations Committee on July 8, 2021:

– Met with the Employers July 6 and July 8.

– July 6th the Employers escalated their salary proposal from 0% to minus 3%

– Employers returned to the current car allowance, overtime rates and education allowances.

-Amended the amount of premium reductions :Reduce evening premium from $2.75 to $2.24 (previous proposal $2.11). Reduce night premium from $5.00 to $3.48 (previous proposal $3.10). Reduce weekend premium from $3.25 to $2.69 (previous proposal $2.55)

– Employers offer to continue Letter of Understanding re. Job Security, but only if 3% wage rollback agreed to.

UNA and Employers are scheduled to meet again on July 13 and 14.

Attached to this Fanout are two documents:
1. Forward Not Back summary (see below)
2.  Summary of AHS and UNA Proposals as of July 8, 2021

PLEASE SHARE THIS INFORMATION WITH ALL MEMBERS————————–

FORWARD NOT BACK!

UNA Negotiating Committee message to members:

After a 16 month hiatus, the parties have returned to the bargaining table – Employer escalates its rollbacks.

A 3% wage rollback and hundreds of other rollbacks have been put on the table by Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health and other employers in the current round of negotiations for a new Provincial General Agreement.

We were shocked to see the Employer, directed by the government, change their proposal this week to add the 3% salary rollback on top of their already proposed elimination of lump-sum payments – the equivalent of a 5% wage cut. This is in addition to other rollbacks to compensation and working conditions.

It’s up to us – Alberta’s nurses – to make sure this doesn’t come to pass!

Article 7: Hours of Work and Scheduling Provisions

Employers propose weekly hours to be averaged over 14 days, rather than 7 days. (note: this would have serious implications for overtime as well as scheduling for part-time employees.)

Article 8: Overtime

Employers propose to cap overtime bank at 38.75 hours. Thereafter all overtime will be paid out as it is worked.  

Article 9: On Call

The Employers propose weakening call-back rules to avoid paying on call premiums and the 3 hour minimum call back for meetings and in-services.

Article 14: Promotions & Transfers

Employers propose nurses would no longer be guaranteed their hours per shift or shift per shift cycle. For example a nurse who normally works 8 hour shifts 2 days per week, could have their schedule changed and be required to work 4 hour shifts, 4 days per week.

Employers propose they have the right to use increase and decrease FTE in order to circumvent the posting provisions. For example, if an Employee resigns, the Employers want to avoid posting the vacancy, and instead awarding those hours to whomever they wish.

Article 15: Layoff and Recall

Employers propose to eliminate red circling for longer than one year. There has never been any limit to red circling since UNA was formed in 1977.  

Employers propose nurses lose seniority and are terminated if they are not recalled to a regular or temporary position within one year. This would end protection that has been in our contract since 1977.

Article 16: In Charge

Employers propose to end the requirement to have a RN or RPN in charge of each nursing unit. This has been in our agreement since 1997. Its inclusion prevented a strike that year.

During discussion, the Employers indicated they believe it may be more appropriate to place an LPN, RT, PT or Pharmacist in charge in acute care, rather than an RN or RPN. In long term care, the Employers stated it may be more appropriate to have LPN, OT, Rec Therapist or other Regulated Health Professional in charge, rather than an RN or RPN. For Mental Health Units, the Employers indicated they believe it may be more appropriate to place A Psychologist, OT, OR Social Worker in charge rather than an RN or RPN.  For ICU and NICU, the Employers indicated they believe it may be more appropriate to place RT in charge rather than an RN.

This would cut pay by 4.25% for nurses designated in charge, and would impact patient safety.

Article 18: Named Holidays

Employers propose to eliminate “super stats” which have been in our contract since 2010.

Article 19: Sick Leave

For Employees returning from LTD, Employers now have 28 days to place the Employee in a position which meets the Employee’s restrictions. Employers propose to eliminate all time limits. This would effectively eliminate the requirement to accommodate employees.

Article 25: Salaries

Employers are demanding a 3% wage rollback and elimination of lump-sum payments – the equivalent of a 5% wage cut.

Article 28: Shift Differential & Weekend Premium 

Employers propose major cuts to hours that would qualify for premium pay both for shift differentials and weekend premiums They also want cuts to premium pay, and provide differentials and premiums less than what existed more than a decade ago. The proposed rates would also be smaller than those in most other nursing contracts.

For example, they want a 30% cut in night-shift premium pay. The new night rate would be less than that what it was in 2010. For a nurse working permanent nights, this would amount to an additional 4% pay cut annually.

Article 30: Part-time, Temporary & Casual Employees

In addition to wanting hours of work averaged over a 14-day period rather than 7 days, the Employers demand the right to make any nurse work non-scheduled days without advance notice or additional pay. This would eliminate protections that have existed since 1976.  

The Employers propose to eliminate overtime worked on designated days of rest. Designated days of rest have been in the contract since the strike of 1980. UNA has told the Employer we will never agree to this.  

But the Employers proposals go much further. The effect of the Employers proposals is that all nurses could now be hired as a .3 FTE (not benefits eligible), but required to work full time hours without any additional payment. Initially the Employers stated they would not ever amend this proposal, but eventually stated they would consider an amendment. 

For Casual Employees, the Employers propose the right to terminate without cause.

Article 37: Extended Work Day

Employers propose to eliminate the requirement for your union to agree to extended work days.

They also demand the right to negotiate directly with employees – opening the door to putting unfair pressure on nurses to accept inferior working conditions.

They want the right to introduce extended work days to new units.

They want casual and part-time employees to have the “right” to waive overtime – which will result in pressure to force employees to work for less.

Article 44: Mobility

Employers propose gutting mobility rules that avoided job action in 2004. This will result in worse working conditions for many nurses.

Letters of Understanding

The Employers also propose to eliminate Letters of Understanding that: 

  • Clarify scheduling rules to protect nurses (LoU #10)
  • Provide semi-annual lump-sum payments – this will cost members 2% a year in salary (LoU #11)
  • Ensure there will be no reduction in overall hours worked by Employees (LoU #12)

The Employers propose that if UNA agrees to the newly escalated salary rollbacks they would renew the No Layoff Letter of Understanding. We believe this is of little benefit – there is a huge nursing shortage and Alberta Health Services has closed beds and services at the Royal Alexandra, Rocky Mountain House, Rimbey, Lacombe, St. Paul, Lac La Biche, High Prairie, Edson, Boyle, Elk Point, Fairview, Galahad, Cold Lake, Wainwright and others due to shortage of nursing staff.

Conclusion

These are just some of the most serious of the rollbacks Employers want to impose on our Provincial General Agreement.

Taken together, these rollbacks will gut our collective agreement, make nurses’ working conditions worse, impact patient safety, and cut your pay.

These things will happen if nurses fail to stand together to resist these destructive changes.

Get in touch with your Local leadership at your worksite.

Keep an eye on UNA’s website – una.ca – for updates on bargaining.

Stay safe! Stay strong! And stay united!

Reminder Notice of Local Meeting: June 28, 2021

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Local 196 will be holding a

Local General Meeting on June 28, 2021

via ZOOM.

(Login information for meeting sent via email and available in DMS registration).

Time: 1800-2000h

Meeting is open to all Local 196 members.


Please register for the meeting via DMS.

Please ensure you register for the meeting via the ZOOM link in DMS. 

June Local e-newsletter available now!

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Click the link below to view the June edition of Local 196’s e-newsletter:

Local 196 UNA e-newsletter: June, 2021

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Get ready to laugh with our guest Dave Hemstad tonight!

Kick up your feet, pour yourself a drink… and get ready to laugh with our guest Dave Hemstad!

Local 196 will be having a virtual education event on June 22, 2021 from 1800-1900 via ZOOM.

Dave Hemstad

Stand-up Comedian | Host | Regular on CBC’s The Debaters

Dave Hemstad is a well-respected veteran of the Canadian comedy scene. He is highly sought after for his particular brand of clean humour that dissects our day to day lives with a lightning-quick wit that is as engaging as it is relatable.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Event open to duespayers of Local 196 only.

Registration must be completed using a non-AHS email.

questions? Email Local196Education@una.ca

Join your Local for some laughs on June 22, 2021

Local 196 will be having a virtual education event on June 22, 2021 from 1800-1900 via ZOOM featuring guest speaker Dave Hemstad.

Dave Hemstad

Stand-up Comedian | Host | Regular on CBC’s The Debaters

Dave Hemstad is a well-respected veteran of the Canadian comedy scene. He is highly sought after for his particular brand of clean humour that dissects our day to day lives with a lightning-quick wit that is as engaging as it is relatable.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Event open to duespayers of Local 196 only.

Registration must be completed using a non-AHS email.

questions? Email Local196Education@una.ca

Notice of Local Meeting: June 28, 2021

UNA_L196_Meeting2

Local 196 will be holding a

Local General Meeting on June 28, 2021

via ZOOM.

(Login information for meeting sent via email and available in DMS registration).

Time: 1800-2000h

Meeting is open to all Local 196 members.


Please register for the meeting via DMS.

Please ensure you register for the meeting via the ZOOM link in DMS. 

Register now for the Local 196 virtual education event on June 22, 2021

Local 196 will be having a virtual education event on June 22, 2021 from 1800-1900 via ZOOM featuring guest speaker Dave Hemstad.

Dave Hemstad

Stand-up Comedian | Host | Regular on CBC’s The Debaters

Dave Hemstad is a well-respected veteran of the Canadian comedy scene. He is highly sought after for his particular brand of clean humour that dissects our day to day lives with a lightning-quick wit that is as engaging as it is relatable.

REGISTER FOR THE EVENT HERE

Event open to duespayers of Local 196 only.

Registration must be completed using a non-AHS email.

questions? Email Local196Education@una.ca