News Stories of Interest, Wednesday, June 29, 2016

It’s Independence Day in the Seychelles (from Britain in 1976). UNA members are urged to take part in the Canadian Union of Postal Workers’ information picket in Edmonton tomorrow.

Alberta deficit hits $6.4 billion

With a $6.4 billion deficit ($324 million higher than projected), an economy that contracted by around 3.7 per cent, and no fiscal light on the horizon, it’s unlikely Alberta will see relief any time soon, the Edmonton Journal reports. The collapse in oil prices is the principal reason.

Top health salaries not government’s main cost-cutting target

While the NDP government looks to rein in health-care spending, Health Minister Sarah Hoffman isn’t taking aim at top earners within Alberta Health Services at this point. Only about 450 of 30,000 UNA members made it onto the government’s “Sunshine List.”

Alberta Government won’t back down from minimum wage hike

Alberta’s labour minister says she won’t be swayed by a campaign that calls on the government to delay an increase to the minimum wage. Christina Gray said she has read the results of a recent poll commissioned by the national lobby organization Restaurants Canada, and is not convinced results are either accurate or reflective of public opinion.

Stollery adopts ‘Upopolis’ social network

Stollery Children’s Hospital has become the first Alberta hospital to join Upopolis, an innovative social support platform and networking tool helping young patients safely and securely access kid-friendly medical content and stay connected to their families, friends and schools while undergoing care.

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