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UNA Education

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Workshops

Any UNA member who would like to become more knowledgeable and engaged can get a head start through UNA’s educational offerings, which provide members with a wealth of information, a space for discussion, and activity-based learning. Members can view the workshop schedule on the events calendar or in UNA's Data Management System (DMS) under "Events." Members who have activated their UNAnet accounts can register for workshops in DMS. Please contact events@una.ca with any questions or for assistance.

For All UNA Members

Know Your Rights

In this workshop, UNA members will learn about the structure and role of their union and how to identify and report different types of workplace concerns while getting to know their collective agreement and workplace rights. Through a combination of discussions and activities, participants will gain the knowledge and confidence to address issues at work. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for all UNA members who have not previously taken it.

Dealing with Abuse

This workshop is designed to provide participants with an understanding of the various types of workplace abuse and that abuse in any form is unacceptable. By outlining the available tools to advocate for the prevention of workplace abuse, it will also encourage participants to take appropriate action if they are the targets of abuse and provide support to co-workers who have been the subject of workplace abuse. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for all UNA members who have not previously taken it.

Boundaries & Self-Care

This workshop provides basic information on types of stress and anxiety, their effects on nurses, and how to develop some basic self-care strategies. It is grounded in evidence-based practices and utilizes discussion and activities, so be ready to explore personal well-being. This is an unfunded, half-day workshop. ­

For Unit/Office Representatives & Local Executives

Engagement & Support

In this workshop, Unit/Office Representatives and Local Executive members will come together to develop their practices in membership outreach, engagement, and support. Participants will identify ways to overcome barriers to participation and to engage members in their local while gaining a better understanding of the relationship between different Local positions. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for Unit/Office Representatives and Local Executives who have not previously taken it.

Taking Action!

Unit/Office Representatives and Local Executive members will learn about the steps in building a strong foundation for collective action and will explore how to have issue-based conversations. Participants will also discuss strategies for member engagement in collective actions and explore types of actions and the components of a successful action.  This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for Unit/Office Representatives and Local Executives who have not previously taken it.

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For Committee Members

The Local President is ex officio on all committees. These workshops are provincially funded for members belonging to that specific committee.

PRC Workshop

In this workshop, PRC Committee members and Local Executives will learn in detail about each step of the PRC process, including the recommended best practices at each step, the role and responsibilities of a UNA PRC Committee, and how to conduct a PRC Committee meeting. Participants will develop the knowledge and skills to support members who report Professional Responsibility Concerns (PRCs) and to engage confidently and collaboratively with management representatives in order to achieve resolution. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for PRC Committee members who have not previously taken it.

OH&S Basic

This workshop provides Occupational Health and Safety Committee members with a basic understanding of how to interpret the Occupational Health and Safety Article in their Collective Agreement and helps them to become familiar with the three basic OH&S rights and Hazard Assessments. Participants will also discuss the OH&S culture of their workplace and learn about the OH&S concern reporting process. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for OH&S Committee members who have not previously taken it.

OH&S Advanced (coming Fall 2022)

In this workshop, participants will expand on what they learned in the Basic workshop. Participants will become familiar with the OH&S Act, Regulations, and Code through discussions and activities. Participants will leave with the knowledge to know where to look in the legislation to address concerns. We will also discuss conducting site inspections. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for OH&S Committee members who have not previously taken it.

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For Local Executives

Local Executives are also encouraged to attend the "Engagement & Support," "Taking Action," "Dealing With Abuse," and "Boundaries & Self-Care" workshops. They are provincially funded for the "Dealing With Abuse," "Taking Action," and "Engagement & Support" workshops.

Supporting Members in Distress

This workshop provides UNA leaders with an understanding of how to support members who are in distress through mental health literacy, understanding roles, identifying resources, and acquiring knowledge and skills regarding self-care. Information and activities in this workshop may be triggering for some members. This is an unfunded, half-day workshop.

How to Run a Local (HTRL) - Administration

In this workshop, Local Executives will learn the key components of a functioning Local, including strategic planning, meeting best practices, and executive roles and responsibilities. This hybrid workshop will consist of an in-class portion (via Zoom) and self-directed modules. Please ensure you have a UNAnet account and can access your Local’s information on DMS through the "Local Admin" menu item. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for Local Executives who have not previously taken it.

How to Run a Local (HTRL) - Finance

In this workshop, Local Executives (not just the Treasurer!) will learn about the main tasks in managing Local finances including budgeting, making payments, and reviewing financial statements. This hybrid workshop will consist of an in-class portion (via Zoom) and self-directed modules. Please ensure you have a UNAnet account and can access your Local’s financial information on DMS through the "Local Admin" menu item. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for Local Executives who have not previously taken it. For Local Execs who have attended this workshop already but need a refresher at budget time, look for our short budget Q&A sessions in early Fall.

How to Run a Local (HTRL) - Labour Relations

In this workshop, Local Executives will develop a deeper understanding of investigation meetings and discipline as well as the dispute resolution and Duty to Accommodate processes. This hybrid workshop will consist of an in-class portion (via Zoom) and self-directed modules. Please ensure you have access to your collective agreement via the UNA app, UNA website, or in a paper copy. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for Local Executives who have not previously taken it.

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Registration & Attendance

You must be a UNA member to attend UNA provincial workshops. Once you have a valid UNA membership card, activate your UNAnet account through the UNAnet button on the website or via the UNA mobile app. The Events tab in UNA’s Data Management System (DMS - part of UNAnet) provides a way for members to register for workshops. Members are expected to register in workshops closest to their residence for in-person events (not applicable for online education). Members can add themselves to the waitlist for an at-ca[acity workshop in DMS.

Please check DMS Events for the most up-to-date workshop schedule. For registration questions, please contact events@una.ca.

Any Local Executive member can register members of their Local in workshops by navigating to Local Admin -> Events in DMS.

Workshop Funding

For eligible members attending provincially funded workshops: Provincial funding includes salary replacement and meals. Mileage and accommodation will be provided as required for out-of-town participants travelling to in-person workshops. Direct billing for hotel rooms for UNA workshops is not available. The member will be responsible for paying for their room and will then be reimbursed as per UNA policy. For more information on accessing funding (through Union Leave and/or Expense Claims), click here.

What You Need

Please have your charged smartphone or tablet available and download the United Nurses of Alberta mobile app, if possible. For online workshops, ensure you have a strong internet connection and the ability to access Zoom. Any other necessary materials will be provided.


Other Education

On a by-request basis, UNA may also provide other education such as mini-workshops on a range of topics. Local Executive members may send their request to Lee Coughlan, Manager of Labour Relations in the UNA Provincial Office. Recent mini-workshop offerings have included Intro to UNA sessions and a short Unit/Office Representative orientation. Local Executives who require assistance in their roles are encouraged to contact their District Representative or contact a UNA educator at education@una.ca.

Members of United Nurses of Alberta learn about their rights as a union members in a day-long workshop at UNA's Provincial Office in Edmonton. The Know Your Rights Workshop offers new members a chance to learn about their union and their rights in the workplace...[more]