United Nurses of Alberta succeeded in our 2018 application to the Labour Relations Board to challenge the constitutionality of denying Nurse Practitioners their right to freedom of association protected under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.
Shortly after the LRB gave the government one year to address the constitutional violation, the Alberta government passed a new Regulation requiring Nurse Practitioners to have a distinct bargaining unit. This decision does not preclude Nurse Practitioners from joining the UNA but it means that Nurse Practitioners will not fall within the Direct Nursing Care bargaining unit as we had argued in our submissions to the LRB. This means that if Nurse Practitioners do decide to unionize, they will have their own separate and distinct Collective Agreement, regardless of who the bargaining agent is.
We understand the Nurse Practitioner Association of Alberta has written to its members to inform them of its intention to amend its constitution and take steps to become the certified bargaining agent.
We hope you were able to attend and hear what the NPAA has to offer. UNA would like to meet with as many Nurse Practitioners as possible to hear your thoughts on how to move forward, to share our thoughts on why UNA is the best choice for Nurse Practitioners, and to explain what steps must be taken for us to become your bargaining agent.
We invite you to join us on Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. for a Zoom discussion.
Please register in advance to receive a link to the Zoom discussion.