UFCW Local 401 Supports Safe Patient Care in Alberta

On Wednesday, August 28, UFCW Local 401 joined United Nurses of Alberta Local 115, the Calgary and District Labour Council, and other allies in supporting nurses’ calls for safe patient care in Alberta.

Registered nurses in Alberta are facing job cuts by Alberta Health Services (AHS) despite a $106 million surplus in the most recent AHS budget. Speaking on the situation, United Nurses of Alberta President Heather Smith has said,

“Our concern is that AHS is not being honest with Albertans about the effects of these position eliminations. These piecemeal cuts will have a huge impact on the quality of care that Albertans receive.

UNA has asked AHS to provide detailed accounting of the changes that will affect nursing care across the province. We have asked AHS how these changes will affect citizens.”

UFCW Local 401 representatives stood in solidarity with UNA Local 115 members to call on AHS and the Alberta government to reverse the cuts and demonstrate a commitment to providing Albertans with quality care in the province’s hospitals. Waving the Local’s flag as a visual sign of support, representatives worked with UNA members to engage the public on the importance and impacts of the cuts.

“These cuts stand to impact our members too,” said UFCW Local 401 President Douglas O’Halloran, “they’re part of a troubling direction in which our government is taking this province without any consultation or justification. Albertans need to stand up to this bullying and demand accountability from Premier Redford and her government.”

To find out more about the situation facing Alberta’s nurses, visit http://nursesmakethedifference.ca

To see more pictures of UFCW Local 401’s participation in Wednesday’s information walk, visit our Facebook page at http://facebook.com/ufcw401