Resources / Education
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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 email@example.com 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, how to identify types of workplace concerns, and what problem-solving processes are available. Through a combination of large and small group discussion, activities, and scenarios, participants will gain knowledge and confidence to address issues at work. This workshop is designed for new or newly-engaged UNA members. 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.
Intro to PRC
In this workshop, members will learn about each step of the PRC process including identification of concerns, the recommended best practices at each step, and what happens at and beyond their Local PRC Committee. Participants will develop the knowledge and skills to initiate the Professional Responsibility Concern (PRC) process and to engage confidently and collaboratively with management and local representatives to facilitate resolution. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for all UNA members who have not previously taken it, except those who took the PRC workshop prior to September 2023.
Boundaries & Self-Care
The goal of this work shop is to review mental health literacy and how setting personal boundaries aids in developing self care strategies. Systemic and individual approaches to developing mental well being are explored. The workshop is grounded in evidenced based practices and utilizes experiential learning activities, so be ready to explore personal well being. This is an unfunded, half-day (3 hour) workshop and takes place via Zoom.
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. Through large and small group discussions and activities, participants will identify ways to improve member outreach, to overcome barriers to participation, and to engage members in their Local. Participants will also identify ways to support members through workplace concerns. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for Unit/Office Representatives and Local Executives who have not previously taken it.
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.
For Committee Members & Local Executives
PRC Committee Workshop
In this workshop, Local Executives or Local PRC Committee representatives 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 member, 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 to work towards resolution. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for PRC Committee members and Local Executives who have not previously taken this version (introduced Jan 2024).
This workshop provides Occupational Health and Safety Committee members and Local Executives 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 and Local Executives.
In this workshop, Occupational Health and Safety Committee members and Local Executives will build upon their knowledge from the OH&S Basic workshop. Participants will explore the OH&S Act, Regulation, and Code and will discuss the Committee’s role in ensuring a safe and healthy work environment. This is a full-day workshop and is provincially funded for OH&S Committee members and Local Executives.
For Local Executives
Local Executives are encouraged to attend UNA's other workshop offerings.
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. 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. 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. 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.
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-capacity workshop in DMS.
Please check DMS Events for the most up-to-date workshop schedule. For registration questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Any Local Executive member can register members of their Local into workshops by navigating to Local Admin -> Events in DMS.
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.
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 they can contact a UNA educator at email@example.com.