UNA asks ALRB to direct Nurse Practitioner representation case to proceed to single hearing

UNA asks Board to add second Nurse Practitioner’s name to application for determination

The Government of Alberta has withdrawn its intention to intervene on the constitutional issues raised by United Nurses of Alberta’s application to the Alberta Labour Relations Board for a determination it can represent Nurse Practitioners employed by Alberta Health Services.

In a letter to the ALRB sent on Nov. 1, lawyers for UNA asked the Board to confirm the union’s understanding this indicates no one is prepared to defend the constitutionality of the current exclusion of Nurse Practitioners in the Alberta Labour Relations Code.

If so, UNA requested that the Board reconsider its previous direction that the application be bifurcated, with one part dealing only with the constitutional matter, and direct the case proceed to a single hearing as earlier proposed by UNA.

In a separate letter, UNA’s legal counsel asked the Board to add the name of a second Nurse Practitioner to its application, which was originally brought by the union and Nurse Practitioner Jessica Wakeford. Rochelle Young, a Nurse Practitioner for five years, asserted that the sections of the Code that prohibit Nurse Practitioners from bargaining collectively violate her right to freedom of association as protected by the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.

Follow the links at right to read the letters.

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