UNA 25 Years of History (1973)



Supreme Court Ruling Paves Way for Nurses’ Unions

The Supreme Court of Canada established the ineligibility of the Saskatchewan Association of Registered Nurses to be a bargaining agent for staff nurses, on the grounds that the majority of the officers of the professional association were traditionally employed in management positions.  This decision ultimately led to the establishment of independent labour unions for nurses.

Calgary public health nurses voted 87 to 3 in favour of strike action, and withdrew their services for seven days.

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