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.
UNA held a Zoom discussion with interested Nurse Practitioners on Feb. 10, 2021. We have compiled a transcript of that meeting for anyone who was unable to attend.
We invite you to join us at a second Zoom discussion on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021 at 6:30 p.m. Please register to attend. An email with a link to the Zoom meeting will be sent to the email address you submit with your registration.
Email email@example.com for more information and to be added to our NP email list.
Frequently Asked Questions for NPs about UNA
UNA has received a number of questions from Nurse Practitioners about the union and what might happen if NPs decide to choose UNA as their bargaining agent. We have prepared an FAQ with some answers.
Nurse Practitioners are eligible for $1,200 pandemic payment
After seeking clarification from the Alberta government, United Nurses of Alberta has now been informed that Nurse Practitioners are eligible to receive the $1,200 pandemic payment for front-line workers announced on Feb. 10.
NPs employed by Alberta Health Services should receive the payment automatically.
Since the payment must be applied for by other employers, UNA recommends that NPs not employed by AHS contact their employer to ensure the application is made on their behalf.