Nurses fight for local health care

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United Nurses of Alberta set up information pickets by the High Prairie Health Complex as the UNA held a Day of Action across Alberta to share a several crises in the healthcare system. Standing left-right are, union members and supporters, UNA Local 17 (High Prairie) president Jan Robinson, Rudy Valenzuela, Jo Payou, Laura Tomkins, Justin Courter, Ashley Blatt, Ben Hendrickson, Margaret Hartman and Alice Cristobel.
Richard Froese
South Peace News


Nurses at High Prairie Health Complex set up information pickets Aug. 11 to share concerns about government action with health care.

Members of the United Nurses of Alberta held Day of Action across Alberta to send a message to the Alberta government on issues in the public healthcare system.

“Our main message is to motivate people to contact their local MLA and provincial government and tell them Alberta nurses deserve to be treated with respect,” says Jan Robinson, president of the UNA Local 17, which covers High Prairie hospital, acute care, emergency room and J.B. Wood Continuing-Care Centre.

“We hope our information pickets will encourage the public to support us in our struggle to achieve fairness.”

The UNA set up information pickets to draw attention to its current contract negotiations with Alberta Health Services which is calling for a 3 per cent rollback in wages, which when combined with other monetary rollbacks, equals a 5 per cent cut in wages.

That comes after several years of zero wage increases.

Pickets also pushed the issue of bed shortages in several hospitals.


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