Message from Vice-President Kathleen Hamnett
Who would ensure your rights under the collective agreement are upheld?
I f you believe in Union representation, collective bargaining, fair wages for workers, safe work places. I encourage you to continue to stand together and if not active already become active in your Union. We can be part of change and history, find out what political candidates and parties mandates are on education, healthcare, seniors care, pensions, per-sons with disability, public services like utilities. Where are the public dollars being spent? Is a system being created to line the pockets of private companies?
In a recent Article written by Armine Yalnizyan Healthcare: money without a plan Armine refers to the Federal government having $220 billion dedicated to tax cuts since 2006 and $490 billion commitment to Military Hard-ware that does not get the same scrutiny the way future healthcare is regularly questioned.
We need to ask ourselves why is this?
The 2004 Health Accord has shown that focus on commonality of political will, with a long term financial guarantee can bring positive and meaningful change. More money without a plan is just that, more money. Canada’s most valued social program needs a plan.
I ask you to find out which Political Party has a plan? I know people say Unions are to be non partisan but if we do not as workers take a stance and support a Political Party that supports our rights then the risk is the rights can be taken away. I urge you to take the time to become informed before casting your ballot whether it be at a Board level, Municipal, Provincial or Federal Election.
Demand setting for UNA is scheduled for November 27,28, 29 in Edmonton. The Local has started to gather information from members as to what changes they would like put forth. I encourage you to take time to go through the collective agreement, engage in conversations with your col-leagues about what you would like to see changed or revised in the collective agreement to support the work you do and your workplace. The Local has to vote on the proposals at a Local meeting prior to the Sept 14 deadline for submissions to UNA Provincial office. An Example of a proposal may be to add specific language to address staff having access to safe parking area close to the site when on call be-tween 2300hr-0700hr. The Local Exec look forward to your proposals.
Vice-President, Local 115
United Nurses of Alberta