Information for Nurse Practitioners
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.
Nurse Practitioner Town Hall on April 27
At the meeting UNA will provide an update on the status of its efforts to organize NPs to join our union and other important updates.
To help NPs understand their choices in union representation, UNA has created an easy to read document outlining some of the key differences between UNA and the NPAAU.