Occupational Stress Injury Survey: Trauma and stress don’t end when the shift does

Reposted from una.ca

“United Nurses of Alberta members are encouraged to participate in an anonymous occupational stress injury survey supported by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions and conducted by the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment at the University of Regina.

This is the first anonymous Canada-wide assessment of occupational stress injuries, including post-traumatic stress disorder, depression and anxiety, amongst nurses.

Who should participate?

All nurses. The more nurses that participate, with or without mental health problems, the greater weight the collective voice will have in fostering better mental health for all Canadian nurses.

Participation will provide evidence for strategies and resources to support the mental health of all nurses. By participating, UNA members are supporting themselves and their peers to provide evidence that can inform appropriate resources for supporting nurses’ mental health.

The survey is available until August 31, 2019.”

Click the photo below to participate.

Local 196 will draw for sale of two used Macbook Air laptops

UCP legislation putting UNA wage-reopener on hold called breach of contract and violation of Charter rights

Reposted from una.ca

By United Nurses of Alberta June 21, 2019 15:09

“The United Conservative Party Government has passed Bill 9, which delays collective bargaining and arbitration for tens of thousands of public employees including UNA members until the end of October.

MLAs gave the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act first reading on June 13, indicating the government’s intention to pass the bill as swiftly as possible. Bill 9 was expected to become law following its final passage by MLAs on June 20.

UNA members joined other public sector workers in the public gallery of the Legislative Assembly during Question Period on June 20 to demonstrate their displeasure with the violation of their rights.

UNA and other unions will be meeting in the days ahead to chart their response to Bill 9. UNA has instructed its legal counsel to launch a legal challenge of this breach of the contract and violation of its members’ Charter rights through the courts. 

While Finance Minister Travis Toews portrayed the legislation as a mere procedural delay while the government awaits the report of its so-called “blue ribbon” panel on the state of Alberta’s finances, and claimed it does not break public-sector contracts, the bill clearly breaches both UNA’s current collective agreement and the Charter rights of UNA members.

UNA’s Collective Agreement with Alberta Health Services included a wage-reopener provision in its final year, 2019, which allowed resolution of an impasse through interest arbitration. In the event the parties went to arbitration, the agreement stated: “The arbitration hearing shall be held by no later June 30, 2019.” Those conditions had been met when the government stepped in with orders to Alberta Health Services not to comply with the terms of the contract.

Bill 9 clearly amends this aspect of the collective agreement and further analysis of the bill suggests the government could roll back wages without going to the legislature, simply by amending regulations in a closed-door cabinet meeting.

With final passage of Bill 9, UNA’s negotiations are on hold until Halloween. By then, the government is expected to introduce legislation allowing more aggressive intervention in public-sector collective bargaining and arbitration, although the time line appears to have been designed to delay controversy until after the fall federal election.

The legislation impacts 24 collective agreements covering roughly 180,000 public sector employees, some directly employed by the government but most by public agencies like Alberta Health Services.”

Local 196 UNA launches e-newsletter

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Local 196 Newsletter!

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  • Local 196 works for our members and duespayers
  • Meet our Local Executive


  • Enter the draw to win a Westjet gift card from Local 196!

The Local would like to thank our Local members, Shaunna Yasinski and  Danusia Moreau, and Local Executive, Joy Arntzen and Kaleigh Klammer for their hard work and commitment to creating the newsletter.

The Local newsletter was sent via MailChimp with updated member contact information from Provincial UNA Office. If you did not receive our newsletter, please email local196exec@una.ca to be added to our subscribers list. You don’t want to miss out!

Support the fight against Bill 9

reposted from www.afl.org

“The UCP government is trying to ram Bill 9 through the Legislature before the end of the week. If passed, it will allow them to break contracts and impose wage cuts on nearly 200,000 public sector workers.

We’re asking people to go down to Legislature tonight anytime after 7 p.m. for an hour or so to support the NDP as they fight the bill. It’s important to send the message that Albertans are watching the UCP… and that we’re not amused.

The visitor galleries above the Legislature are open to the public whenever the Legislature is in session. All you have to do is go to the main doors and ask to watch the debate. MLAs will be sitting each night this week until at least midnight. Please come when you can …and bring a friend!”

Alberta Legislature Building – Visitor Galleries
10800 – 97 Avenue NW, Edmonton, AB, T5K 2B6

Tonight: Wednesday, June 19th, 2019
7:00 p.m. – 1:30 a.m.

If you have questions, you can contact the AFL:

afl@afl.org or (780) 483-3021

Upcoming Local Meeting: June 25, 2019


Local 196 will be holding a Local General Meeting on June 25, 2019 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.

Elections to be held for:

1 OH&S Committee Member

1 PRC Committee Member

1 Education Committee Member

Nomination Deadline: June 18, 2019 @ 1630h.

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

Polling Hours @ Meeting: 1800h to 1930h

Nomination forms can be downloaded under the ‘Resources’ tab.

Forms must be submitted via fax @ 780-493-8579 or via email to local196exec@una.ca.

UNA Nurses Week Contest

Happy Nurses Week from UNA and Local 196!

UNA members who login or activate their UNA DMS account and ensure their contact information is up to date during Nurses’ Week will be eligible to win $750.00 worth of Apple products. This contest is open between Monday, May 6 and Sunday, May 12, 2019.