UNA 25 Years of History (1944)



CNA Endorsed Collective Bargaining/Canadian Employees Granted Right to Bargain

The CNA endorsed collective bargaining for nurses, and supported the position that the professional associations would be the appropriate bargaining agents for nurses.

The CNA did not endorse the right to strike for nurses.

Wartime Labour Regulation Act Privy Council Order #1003 gave employees in Canada the right to bargain collectively with employers.

B.C. nurses began educational campaigns within their professional organization, the RNABC, seeking a mandate to pursue collective bargaining rights for the RNABC.

The AARN set up an Employment Relations Committee to study the socioeconomic status of nurses, and to make recommendations on wages and working conditions. The AARN and the AHA  put forth motions to set up a bilateral committee to address the serious concerns of nurses, but the AHA Annual Meeting defeated the motion.  The two organizations met seven months later to discuss a minimum salary scale with increments, hours of duty, vacation, sick leave with pay, pensions and hospitalization.

The AARN Employment Relations Committee operated for 20 years as a group of volunteers advising the elected leaders of the AARN.

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