Agreements / Spotlights

Learn about some of the most common Collective Agreement issues for members. UNA produces a collection of Spotlight posters that highlight important articles of the UNA Provincial Collective Agreement (AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care Centre, Bethany Group Camrose).

Article 5: Dues Deductions and Union Business
Applying for Leaves of Absence for UNA business175.15 KB
Time for New Member Orientation178.56 KB
Article 7: Hours of Work and Scheduling Provisions
Employees are not responsible for coverage once a shift exchange is approved187.95 KB
Employer can't change posted schedules175.58 KB
Requesting changes to days of rest182.05 KB
Duty during meal breaks requires notice and proper pay169.42 KB
Reporting Pay for Full-time and Part-time employees171.19 KB
Article 8: Overtime
Employees who work more than 4 hours after a shift are entitled to a meal voucher or reimbursement180.55 KB
Employees have a right to refuse overtime – except in emergencies172.48 KB
Don’t get talked out of your overtime176.92 KB
Paying out Overtime hours158.77 KB
Overtime should be paid for time spent correcting Employer payroll errors179.99 KB
16 hours of work is the max163.92 KB
Article 9: On-Call Duty/Call Back
Get paid for every hour on-call172.30 KB
Requesting off-duty time166.09 KB
Employees assigned on-call duty must be paid for telephone consultations186.56 KB
14 days notice for changes to on-call period175.29 KB
Article 13: Evaluations and Personnel File
Nurses should not be doing Managers work178.94 KB
Article 14: Promotions Transfers and Vacancies
28-Day Notice Period Does Not Apply to Transfers167.29 KB
Document your job164.04 KB
Changing Full-Time Equivalent181.19 KB
Article 16: Responsibility Allowance
Preceptor Allowance131.34 KB
Working In Charge?169.21 KB
Article 17: Vacations With Pay
Off Planner Vacation Requests160.59 KB
Employer must indicate denial of vacation requests in writing175.00 KB
Employer cannot unilaterally schedule vacations178.38 KB
Vacation approval delayed or pending153.55 KB
Scheduling Vacations162.61 KB
Article 18: Named Holidays
Part-time Employees have right to reschedule when a scheduled day falls on a named holiday191.31 KB
Overtime and Call Back worked on a Named Holiday190.42 KB
Employees can carry over Stat banks174.26 KB
Employers cannot just pay out named holidays179.45 KB
Floater Holiday Payout128.12 KB
Article 19: Sick Leave
Ability Management and Sick Leave147.01 KB
Submitting proof of illness to the employer170.82 KB
28 Days Notice before returning to work after long-term disability187.85 KB
Protect your rights after an extended absence172.54 KB
Employers must pay costs for Physician’s note180.74 KB
Article 21: Employee Benefits
Benefits part-time and temporary employees162.88 KB
Appealing denied drug benefit claims177.20 KB
Article 22: Leaves of Absence
Five Days of Education Leave for work on a degree174.54 KB
Article 23: Discipline Dismissal and Resignation
Bring Union Representation to Employer meetings177.82 KB
Article 26: Educational Allowances
How to check if you’re receiving your Education Allowances168.61 KB
Ensure you are receiving your Education Allowances162.76 KB
Article 29: Pension Plan
UNA members urged to claim their 2-per-cent RRSP or TFSA supplement165.80 KB
Article 30: Part-Time Temporary and Casual Employees
Part-time and casual employees can receive credit for hours worked at another employer181.92 KB
Casual Employees eligible for overtime when they work in excess 147.25 hours in a four week period185.91 KB
Casual Employees eligible for overtime when they work beyond their scheduled shift hours182.57 KB
Part-time Employees working on scheduled days of rest184.40 KB
Casual Employees not required to work a minimum number of shifts187.53 KB
Payment for Additional Shifts167.68 KB
Article 35: Professional Development
What to know when attending compulsory inservices182.76 KB
Overtime for compulsory in-services on designated days of rest177.89 KB
Article 44: Mobility
Nurses protected from arbitrary moves162.17 KB
Temporary transfers in emergency circumstances164.01 KB
Letters of Understanding
Eligibility for Long Service Pay157.77 KB
Overtime carries over into 2022 unless Employee requests payout179.43 KB
Voting in Alberta Elections200.88 KB
Voting in Municipal Elections158.98 KB
Supervision of Health Care Aides154.85 KB

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