Message from the UNA Local 115 Executive (Mar 2007)

Message from Treasurer Ross Pambrun

I am fortunate to be able to provide my first newsletter excerpt during the most welcome spring month of March. A fantastic season for Calgarian’s where it is immensely important to keep a snow shovel, sunscreen and waterproof footwear available at all times.

Hats off to all the individuals who entered our draw to attend the 2007 Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions conference in St. John’s, Newfoundland. Seven lucky local 115 members were chosen for this 4 day conference. A strong nursing organization that works to protect the health of patients and our national health system, and promotes nurses and the nursing profession at the national level.

With negotiations continuing we are working to keep our members informed and updated. For negotiation updates UNA has a fact line that can be accessed 24 hours a day. (1-800-804-4541) Also access an excellent UNA Website www.una.ab.ca. Through this website,  you can easily reach our Local specific website. We all need to consider which issues contractually are most relevant to you and your workplace. This information and your concerns need to be shared with your ward representative or you can contact your executive directly. You can also stay current with Local information by watching the Local notice boards for updates and information.

I was fortunate to revisit some and meet a few new attendees at the Local ward representative meeting held at the Southern Alberta Regional Office. We are always looking for more members to share information with. Please feel free to add yourself to our Ward Rep List. Feel free to contact one of us here in the Local office. These informal meetings continue to provide a fantastic opportunity to mingle directly with our union representatives who connect us with our members.

To conclude I cannot stress the importance enough the benefit to members in using our contracts allowance for RRSP contributions. Registered Nurses have the

opportunity to contribute up to 2 % of regular earnings to an RRSP and an equal percentage will be matched by the employer. This realistically can work out to a contractual 2% raise! This percentage is based on all regular hours worked for the employer. If this is an advantage you haven’t yet participated in, contact payroll immediately. This benefit is not retroactive.

Thank you for the opportunity to represent you as your Local Treasurer. I always welcome questions from members. Please feel free to email me at rpambrun@una.ab.ca.

Take care,

Ross Pambrun
Treasurer, Local 115
United Nurses of Alberta

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