Message from the UNA Local 115 Executive (Feb / Mar 2013)

Message from President Kevin Champagne

With the winter days of January slipping away, the New Year is fully underway. 2013 promises to be action packed and the upcoming months will be an important time for
nurses to stand together and have our collective voices heard. Recent important events over the last few months deserve to be noted.

In December 2012, Members of Parliament voted in favor of Bill C-377. The intention of this legislation is to obstruct the operation and the ability of unions like UNA to advocate publicly for our patients, residents, and clients. Patient safety is a priority for all nurses and any direct attack on our ability to provide safe patient care will be resisted by all means possible. UNA is asking its members to lobby their senators to stop Bill C-377 from moving forward. For more information on how to support this struggle, UNA members are urged to call your local or provincial office.

January 17th saw UNA Local 417 celebrate their Memorandum of Agreement to end their strike against the owners of Devonshire Care Centre in Edmonton. This victory will help ensure that the residents at this privately operated facility are getting access to the highest
quality RN care.

On January 30th, UNA ratified the ingoing proposal package which will be used when UNA commences formal bargaining with AHS in February, 2013. For real time information on negotiations between UNA and AHS, sign up for a First Class account.

In accordance with the collective bargaining agreement, vacation planners should have been posted on your unit at the beginning of January. The planner should clearly indicate the number of individuals allowed off in a defined period. UNA and AHS have created a
new vacation planner guideline in 2012 that helps the parties understand the vacation planner process. For a copy of this document, visit the UNA web page at  http://www.una.ab.ca/ or contact your local office.

It has come to our attention that some AHS management has been asking individuals
for details around their illness upon calling in sick. Please note that you are not required to share any information about your illness. Any requested medical notes are to go to the ability advisors in the Workplace Health and Safety office. For further discussion on your
rights when reporting illness, please call your local office.

The local holds monthly meetings from 16:00 to 18:00 on the second Wednesday of the month in the Coombs Auditorium. If you require any clarification on these or any other issue, please do not hesitate to call a member of your local executive team. Remember, this is your union and we are here to represent you!

Warm regards,

Kevin Champagne
President, Local 115
United Nurses of Alberta
Phone: 403-670-9960
Fax: 403-263-2908

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