Local 196 Event Cancellations

Local 196 has cancelled the following Local events:

April 22, 2020 meeting/Local education

May 6, 2020 (Nurses Week) education event

UNA and AHS extend timelines on Labour Relations investigations, grievances, arbitrations and PRC due to COVID-19 pandemic

reposted from una.ca (March 16, 2020)

“In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, United Nurses of Alberta and Alberta Health Services have agreed to extend time limits for conducting investigations, filing or movement of all grievances, arbitrations and Professional Responsibility Concerns for the UNA bargaining unit, during the period of March 13, 2020 to May 31, 2020.

This extension has been made with the understanding that further extensions may be required past May 31, 2020, on a month-to-month basis. UNA and AHS acknowledge that there may be specific situations that require immediate investigation.

UNA members with concerns or questions should contact their UNA local executive or Labour Relations Officer at 1‑800‑252‑9394.”

Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update for United Nurses of Alberta members (March 13, 2020)

reposted from una.ca (original post March 13, 2020)

“Following a meeting on March 13, 2020 between the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) and the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) to discuss PHAC’s recommendations on minimum Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) requirements for health care workers, a joint statement was issued by the CFNU, the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), Unifor, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) and the Service Employees International Union (SEIU), “calling for the Public Health Agency of Canada and all provincial public health offices to protect health care workers and their patients during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are also urging decision-makers to adhere to the precautionary principle, which calls for reasonable safeguards when a virus is clouded in scientific uncertainty.”

United Nurses of Alberta would like to update you on the following areas as it relates to COVID-19 and we will continue to share new information as we receive it.

Personal Protective Equipment for COVID-19

  • At present, there is no consensus from leading public health and disease control institutions across the Globe on modes of transmission for COVID-19 and minimum PPE requirements for front-line health care workers.
  • In light of this uncertainty, UNA believes that all front-line health care workers should have access to and at minimum be protected using a fit-tested NIOSH-approved N95 respirator when in contact with patients who are suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19.
  • The Government of Alberta and health care employers in Alberta are recommending Contact and Droplet Precautions in addition to Routine Practices for Health Care Workers involved in the care of suspected or confirmed cases of COVID-19, which means wearing a surgical mask as part of your PPE, unless you are involved in performing an aerosol-generating medical procedure, which would then require an N95 respirator. This advice is based on current recommendations for health professionals from PHAC.
  • UNA’s position is based on the CFNU position statement on COVID-19, similar minimum PPE recommendations for health care workers from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the European Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, and on the legal opinion released by Osler on March 5, 2020, which emphasizes the legal obligation of health care employers to take all reasonable precautions to protect staff. This opinion highlights the importance of health care employers practicing the precautionary principle, which is adopting the elevated precautionary measure(s) (e.g. recommending use of a N95 mask vs a basic surgical mask) when there is conflicting evidence as to whether a certain precautionary measure is required or not.
  • We strongly encourage you to ensure that you have ready access to PPE in your worksite/program and are trained on how to use and are fit-tested (within the last 2 years) for the N-95 respirator.
  • We also want to emphasize the importance of good hand hygiene and being able to properly don, use, and doff PPE in a manner that prevents self-contamination or contamination of others. These precautions are just as critical as having the right PPE. Your Employer should have policies describing a recommended sequence for safely donning and doffing PPE. Familiarize yourself with those policies and ask your Employer for training and assistance as needed.
  • If you have concerns about this, follow up with your immediate supervisor/manager and/or contact your Local or UNA Provincial Office (Phone 1-866-492-8584; Email: ProvincialOffice@una.ca) for assistance.


What to do if you feel your safety is at risk?

  • Speak up and discuss the concern with your immediate supervisor/manager in a timely manner.
  • Document the concern through MySafetyNet (for AHS Employees) and on a UNA Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) Concern Form. You can fill out a paper OHS Form or you may fill out the OHS Form electronically on the UNA app and online at https://dms.una.ca/forms/ohs
  • Contact your Local or UNA Provincial Office (Phone: 1-866-492-8584; Email: ProvincialOffice@una.ca) and ask to speak to an OHS Advisor for advice.
  • Consider your Right to Refuse dangerous work. There are certain obligations you must meet to exercise this right, which can be reviewed here. UNA will support any member that chooses to exercise their right to refuse dangerous work.


What to do if you feel patient safety is at risk?

  • Speak up and discuss the concern with your immediate supervisor/manager in a timely manner.
  • Document the concern through on a UNA Professional Responsibility Concern (PRC) Form. You can fill out a paper PRC Form or you may fill out the PRC Form electronically on the UNA app and online at: https://dms.una.ca/forms/prc
  • Contact your Local or UNA Provincial Office (Phone: 1-866-492-8584; Email: ProvincialOffice@una.ca) and ask to speak to an PRC Advisor for advice.


What to do if you recently returned from outside of Canada, think you have been exposed, and/or are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19?

  • Effective March 12, all Albertans currently outside Canada should self-isolate for 14 days when they return.
    • Contact your Manager and/or your Employer Workplace Health and Safety department before returning to work to determine next steps.
  • If you have fever or respiratory symptoms, or if you believe you may be at risk for COVID-19 for any reason and are ill with respiratory symptoms or fever:
    • Contact your Manager and/or your Employer Workplace Health and Safety department before returning to work to determine next steps.


More Information on COVID-19:


Any other questions/comments/concerns?

UNA proposes memorandum of agreement with AHS to address all key concerns raised in MacKinnon and Ernst & Young reports

reposted from una.ca (original post dated February 21, 2020 11:56)

“United Nurses of Alberta today tabled a comprehensive proposed memorandum of agreement addressing all key concerns identified in bargaining for a new collective agreement with Alberta Health Services.

After negotiating in January and February with little progress toward a new Provincial Collective Agreement, UNA tabled the memorandum of agreement during bargaining today. UNA is awaiting a response from Alberta Health Services.

Starting from the understanding both parties desire to ensure continuation of high-quality, sustainable and transparent public health care in Alberta, UNA’s proposal addresses all major concerns identified by the MacKinnon Report on Alberta’s Finances and the Ernst & Young consulting report on the operations of Alberta Health Services in a way consistent with the government’s bargaining mandate to the employer and fairness to UNA’s members.

The UNA proposal deals with overtime pay, the use of part-time employees, nurse-patient ratios, salaries, and recruitment, retention and vacancy management.

“Lengthy, adversarial negotiations, let alone job actions, are not in the interest of nurses, health care employers, the government or the people of Alberta,” said UNA Labour Relations Director David Harrigan.

“The memorandum of agreement tabled today provides a way to accommodate both the stated concerns of the government and Alberta Health Services and to treat Alberta’s nurses fairly,” he said.”


Related documents:

Summary UNA Memorandum of Agreement with AHS 2020-02-21

Feb. 21 Package Proposal to resolve outstanding Matters

Average Weekly Earnings of Employees, 2018

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!

Check your (personal) inbox for the

Local 196 February e-Newsletter!

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

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 local196exec@una.ca 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 una.ca (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 local196exec@una.ca.

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

Reposted from una.ca (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! (https://www.nsb.com/speakers/david-posen/)




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 Local196Education@una.ca


If you have registered and are no longer able to attend, please cancel your ticket via Eventbrite or email Local196Education@una.ca prior to the registration deadline.

Cancellation instructions and waitlist instructions are on the local website: https://local196una.ca/education-dinners/