Message from the UNA Local 115 Executive (Oct 2006)

Message from President Michelle Senkow

Hope you had a good Thanksgiving and are getting ready for Halloween as the weather changes and the leaves fall. Many units are experiencing difficulties with computer training re: PCIS- glad the start date for FMC has been changed. Mandatory education is always PAID time and at the applicable rate of pay. We met with CHR prior to these computer changes being implemented and reinforced the best way for any Compulsory education- and computer training is nurses should be scheduled on days of work and bring in casual staff to cover the workload. Many units have called in the last weeks with problems- being scheduled for Computer training on Days off- doing Compulsory education on your day OFF is Overtime and should be paid at that rate. You should not surrender your DAYS OFF for education – if you have a choice book on days that you are working. Your time off is important. There are many concerns with the Xmas scheduling of hours: Please read Art 18 in the contract and call us if you have concerns.

Protect yourself and your patients by filing a PRC about unsafe issues or short-staffing or an OH & S report form to UNA about workplace safety concerns.

Take care,

Michelle M. SenkowRN, BScN
President, Local 115
United Nurses of Alberta

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