UNA: The union for Alberta’s nurses
Working for improvements for nurses, our profession, our patients, our residents and clients, and all Albertans.
United Nurses of Alberta – your workplace representative
United Nurses of Alberta is the union for more than 30,000 Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses and allied workers in Alberta.
Since 1977, UNA has been an effective advocate for nurses, the nursing profession and Canada’s fair and efficient public health care system.
UNA represents nurses in bargaining, in their profession, and in disputes with employers and professional licensing bodies.
UNA is deeply committed to member democracy. It is affiliated with the Canadian
What UNA does for nurses
UNA provides a wide range of services to its members. A key role is negotiating the excellent collective agreements that regulate salaries, benefits, schedules and working conditions of members.
UNA also administers its agreements to resolve disputes, improve working conditions and protect nurses’ workplace rights. Members of the union’s professional staff represent members before Labour Relations Board hearings, professional bodies’ disciplinary
How UNA is financed
UNA is financed by all of us, members who benefit from UNA’s collective agreements. Each of us pays 1.5 per cent of our gross monthly income in tax-deductible union dues. Budgets are subject to approval by democratically elected delegates to the Annual General Meeting.
When they start to work at a UNA worksite, most nurses sign a membership card as soon as possible. This gives them
Those who choose not to join still have to pay dues, because the courts in Canada have determined all employees in
UNA’s approach to collective bargaining
Bargaining collective agreements
A collective agreement is a legally binding contract between a union, negotiating on behalf of a group of employees, and an employer. Typically, collective agreements set out such things as wages, scheduling rules, overtime pay, sick leave, job security, benefits and other employee rights.
Since it was founded, UNA has negotiated collective agreements that have greatly improved salaries, benefits and workplace conditions for all members. UNA has more than quintupled the wages of Alberta nurses since it was founded. In 1977, a new nurse earned only $6.28 an hour!
Members set UNA’s bargaining priorities
Before the expiry date of any UNA collective agreement, affected members can attend “demand setting meetings” at which the locals determine their bargaining proposals.
This is the process through which UNA’s members democratically decide their priorities in bargaining. UNA’s negotiating committees, the people who actually meet with the employer’s representatives at the bargaining table, are made up of working members of the union, elected by their co-workers to represent them.
UNA members vote on their agreements
No UNA agreement takes effect before the members whose working lives it governs have the opportunity to discuss and ratify it in a democratic vote. Province-wide agreements like the contract with Alberta Health Services must be subject to a vote of all affected
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