News Stories of Interest, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014

Good morning. There’s not much to say about national holidays on a date that hasn’t seemed to have seen one celebrated since the fall of Rome (the Ides of November). And there’s not much to say about the news in Alberta because – so far, at least – it seems to be a remarkably slow day for news of interest to UNA members and staff. Here’s what I found after my usual exhaustive search:

UNA starts negotiations with Good Sam, Chinatown Care Centre

Representatives of United Nurses of Alberta Locals 8, 212, 223 and 316 began negotiations for a new collective agreement with the Good Samaritan Society today in Edmonton. Representatives of Local 417 began negotiations for a new contract with the Edmonton Chinatown Care Centre yesterday.

Homeless Edmontonians receive health care

A new health centre opening today will help Edmonton’s most vulnerable residents get access to medical and psychiatric care.

Chief doc’s demotion a serious concern

Members of Canada’s public health community are expressing concern about intended changes to the authority of the country’s chief public health officer, changes that strip the office holder of the responsibility of running the Public Health Agency of Canada.

A ruling too far, columnist wonders…

Edmonton Journal columnist Paul Simons examines a judge’s controversial and unusual order that a woman who has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of her young daughter submit to a mandatory psychiatric examination — even though she and her lawyer oppose the examination.

California nurses’ strike is part of larger U.S. labour push by nurses’ union

A strike during the past two days by 18,000 nurses at Kaiser Permanente facilities in northern and central California, including three major Sacramento-area hospitals, was the latest salvo by a powerful union that says it is intent on improving the lot of nurses nationwide. Strikes and protests took place in 16 states and Washington, D.C., where nurses held a vigil outside the White House on Wednesday.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)
www.una.ab.ca

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