Important Information for Nurse Practitioners

United Nurses of Alberta has applied for a determination of the Alberta Labour Relations Board to represent Nurse Practitioners employed by Alberta Health Services

United Nurses of Alberta has filed an application for a determination by the Alberta Labour Relations Board seeking a determination that it can represent Nurse Practitioners (NPs) employed by Alberta Health Services.

This page provides important background about this application, links to more information, and contact numbers for affected Nurse Practitioners.

UNA’s history representing Nurse Practitioners

UNA was the union that represented NPs until 2003, when legislation passed by the Alberta Legislature deprived members of their important medical profession of their constitutional right to be represented in collective bargaining.

UNA’s application argues that portions of the Alberta Labour Code preventing Nurse Practitioners from being represented by a union violate the right to freedom of association guaranteed in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It also argues that based on the ALRB’s policies, the common practice in other jurisdictions and the certificate naming UNA as the union for “all employees when employed in direct nursing care or nursing instruction,” it is the only union likely to be permitted to represent NPs.

UNA’s application also argues it has a strong community of interest with Nurse Practitioners because of its long history of representing Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses, the similar educational requirements of RNs and NPs, the fact members of both medical professions must register with the same regulatory college, and because NPs must first be RNs.

UNA looks forward to welcoming NPs back into membership, now that several court cases have made the rights of Canadian working people to be represented by a union clear.

Links about UNA’s application for determination

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UPDATES

July 23: ALRB posts responses from parties with interest in UNA's NP application

July 5: ALRB seeks stakeholder comments and proposals, sets July 17 deadline

July 3: ALRB determines it is the appropriate forum to hear UNA Nurse Practitioners application

June 27: Justice Department says LRB is appropriate body to hear UNA Nurse Practitioner application

June 22: Response by Nurse Practitioner granted intervenor status in UNA application for determination

June 1: NPAA responds to constitutional issue related to Nurse Practitioners application

June 1, Letter from counsel for UNA in response to Alberta Health Services’ position on the appropriate forum for hearing constitutional aspects of UNA’s application for determination

May 31: Labour Board to discuss constitutional issue related to Nurse Practitioners application

May 30, Letter from counsel for Health Sciences Association of Alberta regarding the appropriate forum for hearing constitutional aspects of UNA’s application for determination

May 18: Labour Board grants intervenor status to four parties in Nurse Practitioners application

May 15, Letter from federal Department of Justice stating Attorney General of Canada does not intend to intervene in constitutional matters raised by UNA’s application for determination

May 8: AHS submits reply to UNA application for determination to represent Nurse Practitioners 

May 7: Nurse Practitioners respond to UNA’s Nurse Practitioner application, two NPs seek intervenor status

May 3: Nurse Practitioners invited to UNA Information Meetings in Calgary and Edmonton 

May 3: NPAA seeks intervenor status in UNA application for determination

April 27: Covenant Health seeks to be recognized as an affected party in UNA's Nurse Practitioner application 

April 25: HSAA seeks status as intervenor in UNA's Nurse Practitioner application

April 23: AUPE seeks status as intervenor in UNA’s Nurse Practitioner application

April 20: Covenant Health may seek status as intervenor in UNA’s NP application

April 19: UNA comments on reported moves by Nurse Practitioners Association of Alberta

April 18: Alberta Labour Relations Board grants extension to Alberta Health Services

April 17: UNA awaits AHS response to application for determination it can represent Alberta Nurse Practitioners

April 5: UNA files application with Labour Relations Board seeking OK to represent Nurse Practitioners

BACKGROUND DOCUMENTS

ALRB Information Bulletin No. 10 – Bargaining Units for Hospitals and Nursing Homes

ALRB Information Bulletin No. 22 – Determinations

UNA April 5 Letter to ALRB

UNA Application for Determination

AUPE seeks status as intervenor in UNA’s Nurse Practitioner application

HSAA seeks status as intervenor in UNA’s Nurse Practitioner application

NPAA seeks intervenor status in UNA application for determination 

AHS response to UNA application for determination to represent Nurse Practitioners

Letter from Nurse Practitioner Dina Sotiropoulos and Anthony Falvi requesting intervenor status

Letter from Nurse Practitioner Kevin Huntley requesting intervenor status

AHS does not object to requests for intervenor status

UNA does not object to requests for intervenor status

Labour Board to discuss constitutional issue related to Nurse Practitioners application

NPAA responds to constitutional issue related to Nurse Practitioners application

Update from the Labour Relations Board