May 7, 2018 Nurses Week Dinner – Registration Now Open

Local 196 is pleased to welcome

Big Daddy Tazz as the guest speaker for our

May 7, 2018 Nurses Week Dinner

Mental Illness Stigma Fighter

“The most entertaining comedy and the powerful stories each come from deeply personal and often harrowing experiences. After 30 years of denying he had the mental illnesses that were controlling his life, Tazz realized that being a socially anxious, manic-depressive, attention deficit dyslexic could either destroy or enhance his life… it was his choice. Today, international audiences are thrilled to join him on his rapid ride down the never-ending road to recovery that has led him from comedy venues across North America to the psych ward at the Calgary Foothills Hospital and back.

Often described as “one of the most talented comics in the business”, Tazz has been delighting crowds at fundraisers, corporate events, festivals and on television for more than a decade and a half. Known as the ‘Bi-Polar Buddha’, Tazz is equal parts comedian and motivational speaker, who likes to enlighten, educate and inspire. As a result, his one-man shows have drawn rave reviews and standing ovations from coast-to-coast.


Tazz’s many national festival appearances have included the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal, the Moncton Comedy Festival and the CBC Winnipeg Comedy Festival, for which he annually multi-tasks as a writer, producer and performer. Tazz’s explosive gala performances at the Winnipeg Comedy Festival over the years can be seen frequently on CBC television and the Comedy Network. On April 1st 2008 Tazz shattered the standing record for continuous stand-up comedy with his 8½ hour stand-up comedy show.” (

Fantasyland Hotel, 17700 87 Ave.

Cash Bar @ 17:30   

Dinner @ 18:00   

Big Daddy Tazz @ 19:00

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 May 2, 2018

Paper or e-ticket required for entry

Questions/Concerns? Email





Draft Copy of Provincial Collective Agreement PDF

A Draft Copy of the Provincial Collective Agreement is now available as a PDF and is also accessible under the “Resources” tab:


Originally posted by United Nurses of Alberta: on March 20, 2018:

“A draft copy of the recently ratified Provincial Collective Agreement is now available as a PDF on United Nurses of Alberta’s website. The new agreement covers all Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses employed by Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Centre and The Bethany Group (Camrose), numbering close 28,000 nurses in all.

A final copy will be available soon in the form of a traditional paper book, online and on the UNA App.”

Have you claimed your 2% RRSP or TFSA Supplement?

Originally posted by United Nurses of Alberta: on March 6, 2018

“Members of the United Nurses of Alberta need to be aware their Employer has agreed to contribute to a supplemental pension plan in the form of a contribution to a Registered Retirement Savings Plan or a Tax Free Savings Account.

UNA strongly recommends that all members who are regular employees act to take advantage of this provision if they haven’t done so. It is a benefit they cannot receive without taking specific action to enroll. So without acting, employees are going without a 2-per-cent retirement income supplement to their salary that they are entitled to receive under the collective agreement.

Article 29.05 of the UNA Provincial Collective Agreement:

(a) the employer shall provide a supplemental pension plan in the form of a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP). Effective April 1, 2018 the Employer shall also provide a Tax Free Savings Account (TFSA). Employees shall determine the allocation of contributions to either the RRSP or the TFSA. Employees may change their allocation effective April 1st each year.

(b) effective on the Employee’s date of enrollment, a Regular Employee shall have the right to contribute up to 2% of regular earnings into either the RRSP or TFSA: (i) Employees may contribute into the RRSP until December 30th of the year the Employee turns 71. The employer shall match the Employee’s contributions into the RRSP; (ii) Employees may contribute into the TFSA. The Employer shall match the Employee’s contributions into the TFSA.

(c) A Regular Employee who, by virtue of their age, no longer qualify under article 29.05(b)(i), shall have the option of reallocating contributions to the TFSA as per 29.05 (b) (ii) or receive an additional 2% of their regular earnings. Employees may change their allocation between participating in the TFSA and receiving 2% of regular earnings effective April 1st each year.

(d) “earnings” as defined in article 29.05(b) above, will include WCB earnings until such time that the employee exhausts accrued sick leave credits and is deemed to be on sick leave without pay.

The agreement does require that employees contribute 2 per cent of their salary for the employer to match, and employees need to enroll in the program for the employer to contribute this money.

No UNA member should go without funds for their retirement that their Employer has agreed to contribute.

This supplemental pension is not available to temporary or casual employees.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your UNA local executive or Labour Relations Officer at 1-800-252-9394.”

Local 196 Education Dinners Survey Link

Local 196 Education Committee is seeking feedback from attendees to the last Education Dinner (held on February 12, 2018) and previous Education Dinners.

If you have attended an EI/Education Dinner in the past, please take a few minutes to complete the survey.

Please note: If you received an email with the survey link, this is the same survey. Please do not complete the survey more than once.

Link: Local 196 Education Dinners Feedback (March 2018)

Survey closes April 20, 2018.

-Local 196 Education Committee


ECECAF – Did you know?


Information originally posted on

Founded in 1941, ECECAF is the Employee Civic Employees Charitable Assistance Fund and has over 11,000 participating members from 9 unions and associations.

As a duespayer to Local 196 UNA, you are a participating member of ECECAF.

Employee contributions to the fund are 1/4 of 1% and all monies go directly to ECECAF. Effective in January 2018, 75% of all contributions are allocated to the charitable portion of the fund and 25% of contributions are allocated to the scholarship portion. The charitable portion is included on all members’ annual T4s. The money is divided into charitable donations and membership services such as driver education subsidies, scholarships, and special aid for members and their families.

ECECAF is administered by a Board of Trustees comprised of one representative from each of the nine participating unions and associations. Two separate trust agreements signed by participating unions and associations and registered with Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) govern the fund. The positions of the trustees are volunteer and selected
by their representing union or association. Within Local 196, Joy Arntzen, LocalPresident sits on the Board as our representative.

The membership consists of:

  • Alberta Health Services Community Care & Public Health, Association of Management and Non-Union Affiliates (AMNUA)
  • Amalgamated Transit Union (ATU), Local 569
  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Local 30 -Edmonton Civic Employees
  • City of Edmonton Management Association (CEMA)
  • Edmonton Fire Fighters Union (EFFU), Local 209
  • Edmonton Police Senior Officers’ Association
  • International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), Local 1007
  • Unifor, Local 829
  • United Nurses of Alberta (UNA), Local 196

The Board of Trustees endeavors to distribute financial assistance as fairly as possible to support our members and promote healthy communities within the Edmonton region.

Since 1941, ECECAF has donated over $35 million to charities in the Edmonton region.

As a contributor to the ECECAF fund, you are eligible for membership services. Please see the links below for more information.



Provincial Agreement’s hours of work and scheduling provisions article deals with conversion to Daylight Saving Time

By David Climenhaga  posted on March 7, 2017 15:45

DaylightSavings“With the change to Daylight Saving Time set to take place on Sunday, March 12, it’s important to remember that Article 7.01 (f) of the Provincial Collective Agreement deals with the impact on hourly pay of nurses whose shifts span the hour of transition.

The article states: “On the proclaimed day when Daylight Saving Time resumes, the one (1) hour reduction in the Shift involved shall be effected with the appropriate deduction in regular earnings.”

When Daylight Saving Time ends in the fall, Article 7.01 (f) has the opposite effect. “On the proclaimed date of conversion to Mountain Standard Time, regular hours of work shall be extended to include the additional hour with payment due at the applicable overtime rate.”

If you have a question about Daylight Saving Time provisions and do not come under the UNA Provincial General Agreement – which covers UNA members employed by Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care and The Bethany Group (Camrose) – refer to your worksite’s collective agreement or contact your Labour Relations Officer.”

March 14, 2018: Local 196 General Meeting


UNA Local 196 will be holding a Local General Meeting on March 14, 2018 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 will be held for the following positions:

1 PRC Committee Member

Polling hours at meeting from 1800h to 1930h.

Deadline for nominations is March 7, 2018 @ 1630. Nomination forms can be downloaded under the ‘Resources’ tab.

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