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Welcome toUnited Nurses of Alberta
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UNA is the union for 30,000 Registered Nurses, Registered Psychiatric Nurses and allied health care workers in Alberta. Since 1977, UNA has been an effective advocate for nurses, the nursing profession and Canada’s public health care.
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Everyday, your union fights for a fair work place for all of Alberta’s Registered Nurses Registered Psychiatric Nurses and allied health care workers
Your union advocates for you at your workplace through professional responsibility and occupational health and safety concerns. UNA will also advocate for you at your association and college.
UNA provides a wide range of services to its members. Your union negotiates the excellent Collective Agreements that regulate salaries, benefits, schedules and working conditions of members.  UNA also administers its agreements to resolve disputes, improve working conditions and protect nurses’ workplace rights.
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Occupational Health and Safety
Every day, your union fights for a fair workplace for all of Alberta’s Registered Nurses and Registered Psychiatric Nurses. UNA provides a wide range of services to its members. A key role of the union is negotiating excellent collective agreements that regulate salaries, benefits, schedules and working conditions of members. UNA also administers its agreements to resolve disputes, improve working conditions and protect nurses’ workplace rights. Members of the union’s professional staff represent members before Labour Relations Board hearings, professional bodies’ disciplinary meetings and other quasi-judicial groups.Bargaining collective agreements is UNA’s most important job. This is because the agreements we negotiate with employers govern the pay, benefits and working conditions of all UNA members.UNA also administers its agreements to resolve disputes, improve working conditions and protect nurses’ workplace rights.A collective agreement is a legally binding contract between a union, negotiating on behalf of a group of employees, and an employer. Typically, collective agreements set out such things as wages, scheduling rules, overtime pay, sick leave, job security, benefits and other employee rights.
Grievances: The most effective way to right a workplace wrong
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All UNA collective agreements are designed to protect your rights in the workplace. Our agreements contain provisions clearly stating that if employees believe they are being disciplined, they are entitled to the representation of a workplace local representative. If you think you are being disciplined by a supervisor or manager, you have the right to insist that a union representative be present.The grievance procedure is the main way UNA resolves the concerns of employees it represents. If you feel you have been treated unfairly, or have any concern about your workplace, you should immediately contact your local representative or a UNA Labour Relations Advisor.When in doubt, call your union!1-800-252-9394
Occupational Health & Safety for UNA members
Professional Responsibility Committees protect both nurses and patients
Because of the unpredictable nature of our work, nurses face among the highest rates of work-related injury and illness. Alberta Workers’ Compensation Board statistics show working in health care is more dangerous than working in such industries as mining and petroleum extraction! UNA takes workplace safety extremely seriously and has formed Occupational Health and Safety committees to ensure employers provide healthy and safe working environments. We view this as not only an essential protection of the wellbeing of our members, but as a vital protection of the quality of care received by our patients. We recognize safe and competent care cannot be provided in an unhealthy or unsafe workplace.
Patient advocacy is a key responsibility of all nurses. UNA achieves this crucial goal through joint employer-union Professional Responsibility Committees. This process, included in UNA collective agreements, gives nurses the opportunity to raise concerns such as safe staffing levels and the assurance patient care is delivered by skilled practitioners and to demand that employers respond to them.
Your union advocates for you at your workplace through professional responsibility and occupational health and safety concerns. UNA will also advocate for you at your association and college. 
Democracy is the foundation of the United Nurses of Alberta. UNA members make the decisions, setting their union’s priorities and actions. They chart the direction in collective bargaining, and approve the results.Since it was founded in 1977, UNA has negotiated collective agreements that have greatly improved salaries, benefits and workplace conditions for all members. UNA has more than quintupled the wages of Alberta nurses since it was founded, when a new nurse earned only $6.28 an hour! No UNA agreement takes effect before the members whose working lives it governs have the opportunity to discuss and ratify it in a democratic vote. Province-wide agreements like the contract with Alberta Health Services must be subject to a vote of all affected members, and must be passed by a majority of both members and locals.
UNA believes a strong union is built by informed an active members. Accordingly, UNA has an active union education program to provide materials and interactive workshops on labour relations and nursing issues. UNA offers workshops on workplace rights, including professional responsibility, stopping abuse of nurses, health and safety, running a local, dealing with media and many other topics. Scholarships and Grants UNA members are eligible to apply for a number of scholarships and grants that are aimed at helping first year nursing students through university and current nurses attend conferences and support humanitarian work overseas.