News Stories of Interest, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014

Good afternoon. Well, it’s Farmer’s Day, Flag Day and Father’s Day. The countries, not necessarily in the same order are Taiwan, Tanzania and Sweden. You guess which day goes with which country. Here in Alberta, there are several news stories of interest to UNA members and staff, and one in particular of intense interest:

First, the contract ratification:

[ ]UNA release: Members overwhelmingly ratify new Provincial Collective Agreement

Members of United Nurses of Alberta covered by the union’s Provincial Collective Agreement with Alberta’s largest health care employers have overwhelmingly ratified a mediator’s recommended tentative agreement that includes fair pay increases and assurance of no overall reductions in nursing care provided to Albertans.

[ ]AHS release: New nursing agreement ratified by AHS and UNA

Alberta Health Services and the United Nurses of Alberta have concluded negotiations for a new collective agreement that supports quality patient care now and into the future. The four-year agreement will provide stability in health care and help to create more predictable schedules for nurses.

[ ]Postmedia: Nurses ratify new contract with Alberta government

After more than a year of negotiations, an overwhelming majority of Alberta nurses have accepted a new collective agreement with Alberta Health Services.

[ ]CTV: Nurses ink new deal with Alberta Health Services

Alberta nurses have a new contract with the province that will see salaries increased by 7.25 percent over the next four years.

[ ]CBC: Alberta nurses agree on new contract with province

It took more than a year of negotiations but Alberta’s 26,000 nurses finally have a new contract. Members of the United Nurses of Alberta overwhelmingly ratified the new four-year deal Thursday and union officials say the support is a sign of the union members’ support for the new contract.

And then the rest:

[ ]AUPE alleges SAIL bargained in bad faith

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has filed a complaint accusing Supports for Artspace Independent Living of bargaining with their employees in bad faith. The complaint alleges SAIL has been working during a months-long strike to decertify the union.

[ ]Albertans of West African origin seek Ebola aid for homelands

Songs rang out from Guineans, Sierra Leoneans, and Liberians as they marched from Churchill Square to the Alberta Legislature on Thursday, raising awareness of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa which has claimed the lives of more than 900 people since February.

[ ]Alberta bat encounters raise rabies concerns

Alberta Health Services is issuing a rabies warning after a recent rise in bat encounters across southern Alberta. The majority of bats don’t carry rabies, but they are among the few animals in Alberta able to transmit the disease to humans and pets.

[ ]Oral treatment for multiple sclerosis to be reimbursed in Alberta

A drug company announcement says its product “a first-line oral treatment for adults with relapsing-remitting multiple sclerosis,” has been added to Alberta’s drug benefit list.

Have a great weekend!

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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