Alberta Legislation Allows for Unionization of Nurses
Alberta legislation was enacted to provide for certification of bargaining units for nurses.
In 1964, the AARN had begun to obtain certificates for the 53 Staff Nurse Associations. By 1966, 12 Staff Nurse Associations were certified with the Board of Industrial Relations; and 38 of the Associations were voluntarily recognized by hospital boards.
The AARN Employment Relations Committee was replaced by the Provincial Staff Nurse Committee (PSNC). Only nurses eligible for membership in a bargaining unit were permitted to serve on the PSNC and its mandate was to take charge of collective bargaining. The new structure was designed to protect the collective bargaining program from any form of interference or control by management nurses sitting on the AARN Provincial Council.