PSNC Protects Bargaining Role
The AARN moved swiftly to forestall any effort on the part of a trade union to challenge the legitimacy of the PSNC as a bargaining agent. The powers assigned to the AARN in the Registered Nurses’ Act, with respect to collective bargaining, were officially delegated to the PSNC. New bylaws were drawn up and approved which provided for the functional autonomy of the collective bargaining process, insulating it from interference from the Provincial Council of the AARN. The amended bylaws stipulated that the Director of Collective Bargaining must be a registered nurse. This new structure remained in place until 1977.