Former employees may be eligible for lump sum, retro pay

UNA members who left work after 2013 may be eligible for lump sum payments and retroactive pay

United Nurses of Alberta members whose employment has ended for any reason before the new Provincial Collective Agreement is signed are still eligible to receive retroactively any increases they would have been eligible for in the agreement if they’d remained on the job.

However, under Article 1.03 of the current agreement, which is unchanged in the new contract, they must make a written application to the employer within 90 calendar days of the signing of the agreement.

This means any Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care or Bethany (Camrose) employee who worked in 2013 and has since left their employment is entitled to the 2013 lump-sum payment. If they also worked in 2014, they will in addition be eligible for retroactive pay.

The latest Provincial Agreement – which runs from April 1, 2013, to March 31, 2017 – has not yet been signed. UNA expects the agreement to be signed in about a month. Members will be reminded on this website and in other union communications of the need to submit their letter to the employer within 90 days of the signing when it happens.

In the case of Alberta Health Services, the employer has not yet named an official to whom these letters should be sent.

Until AHS makes that decision, eligible former AHS employees should send their letters informing the employer that they were eligible employees during 2013 and/or 2014 and should therefore receive the lump-sum payment and retroactive pay to AHS Chief Executive Officer Vickie Kaminski. UNA recommends the letter be sent by postal mail with a copy to the union.

Former employees of Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care or Bethany (Camrose) should send their letters to their respective CEOs.

UNA will continue to monitor this situation and if another official is appointed to handle these letters or a procedure different from that described is set up by the employers, UNA members will be informed as soon as possible on UNA’s website and social media channels. This information will also be posted on the FirstClass “News” Conference.

UNA members who are aware of former employees who may qualify for these payments are encouraged to contact both UNA, 1-800-252-9394, with the name and their former co-worker with the information if possible.

David Climenhaga
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
780-425-1025 (Office)
780-717-2943 (Cellular)

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