Concerns were taken to the Alberta Labour Relations Board, we are waiting for a decision.
January 21, 2013 - The employer has responded to our PRC meeting and they uphold their decision they made on July 9, 2012.
December 19, 2012 - UNA presented a Professional Responsibility Concern to AHS regarding the MHT concern. The employer promised to respond to us by January 21, 2013.
October 15, 2012 - The Alberta Labour Relations Board responds to UNA's request for a hearing concerning the MHT issue, please see the communication here.
October 9, 2012 - UNA applied to Alberta Labour Relations Board for a hearing regarding the MHT issue. The application can be found here.
September 28, 2012 - Formal reply from the employer regarding our meeting with them on September 14, 2012 - response can be found here.
September 14, 2012 - A meeting was held with the Employer asking them to reverse the decision that they made on July 9, 2012.
August 28, 2012 - A meeting regarding the Classification of the Mental Health Therapist was held. UNA Local 183 members are encouraged to sign-up for the UNANet First Class Program - an internal UNA communications program - to receive up-to-date information regarding this topic. Please visit the provincial UNA website here for more information about UNANet.
August 15, 2012 - Communication from David Harrigan (Director of Labour Relations for UNA) to AHS regarding the Classification of the MHT, see the letter here. We are hosting an information meeting on Tuesday, August 28, 2012 @ 1900hrs @ the Alberta Teachers' Association Edmonton Office in the Auditorium. Meeting has been confirmed - poster for the meeting can be found
here. Meeting is to inform nurses about what is happening and what UNA is doing.
On July 9, 2012 the employer made an announcement about the "Introduction of the Mental Health Therapist under HSAA". The memo from the employer can be found here and a FAQ can also be found here.
The Labour Relations Board decisions regarding the classification of the Mental Health Therapist (MHT) that the employer has referred to in their memo can be found here and here.
UNA is opposed to this move by the employer and believes that the RNs and RPNs working as "mental health therapists" should be classified as nurses and remain in UNA. We also take strong objection to the process the employer has used to implement this move. This does affect a number of nurses in Locals across the city as well.
UNA is investigating its options and part of that process involves fact finding. We would appreciate hearing from nurses who are in a "mental health therapist" position and would also like to have copies of any job posting and job description you may have. Please contact Yessy Byl, Labour Relation Advisor with UNA for Local 183 with any question and information. (email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call @ 780-425-1025).
The Local is planning to hold a meeting in the near future to discuss this situation and provide information.