It was a very quiet day today for health care and labour relations stories of interest the UNA members and staff:
A new advocacy group peppered with NDP supporters launched yesterday with an online poll that shows that while more Albertans identify as progressive, a majority see the province as conservative. Progress Alberta’s 10-member advisory board includes Alberta Federation of Labour President Gil McGowan; former Alberta NDP leader Raj Pannu; former Alberta Liberal executive director Kieran Leblanc; Richard Einarson, the architect of Naheed Nenshi’s Calgary mayoral campaign; and Dave Cournoyer, a political blogger and United Nurses of Alberta communications adviser.
National Post’s union-busting advocate advocates bargaining for more and bigger rollbacks by unionized employers.
With a new provincial government at the helm, the Foothills Regional Emergency Services Commission is pleading for the return of EMS dispatch to the region. FRESC Chairperson Suzanne Oel says the October 2009 consolidation of EMS dispatch to a centralized system has posed problems and resulted in poor service for residents.
United Nurses of Alberta