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
Frequently Asked Questions
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
ALRB Information Bulletin No. 10 – Bargaining Units for Hospitals and Nursing Homes
ALRB Information Bulletin No. 22 – Determinations
UNA April 5 Letter to ALRB