AUPE - LPN Contract is Up

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    Well, it's that time of world again.

    Our contract expired March 31st.

    Let's hope AHS gives us what we rightfully deserve in hourly increases. We want our OT back and we want the issue of UNE's fixed.

    Dreams I know...
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    Do LPNs not get paid OT anymore? When did this happen?

    What's the issue with UNE's that you would like fixed?
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    I'm interested to see what happens as well. Really hoping we see the wage increase we deserve that reflects our scope here in Alberta.
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    However I must add that I for one certainly don't want to be working any OT :zzzzz hahaha
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    Quote from Dela RN
    Do LPNs not get paid OT anymore? When did this happen?

    What's the issue with UNE's that you would like fixed?

    A couple of contracts back, AUPE was told that all part time nurses had to lose their slash days that paid OT. AUPE was the first up to negotiate that year and fell for it. It was never raised when UNA negotiated. So the only time part time LPNs can claim their OT is when they work past the end of their shift or on their designated weekends off. It's upset a lot of part time LPNs that they basically work all their picked up shifts at straight time, while the RN next to them who has also picked up a shift will only do so on their slash days for double time.

    UNE's are assigned LPN or RN shifts. It cuts back on the number of available shifts for casual and part time LPNs who can not pick up an RN shift (well officially, we all know that Staffing will sub us in when they can't find an RN on most units).
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    That's very unfair that you aren't paid OT for any picked up shifts. As an RN, if we are requested to work a shift that hasn't been voluntarily picked up, it's OT. The same should apply for LPNs.
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    When I was a UNE I was mandated as supernumerary - I am surprised and confused that they are allowed to fill nurse shifts on your unit! I hope this issue gets addressed in your next contract.
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    Quote from Fiona59
    A couple of contracts back, AUPE was told that all part time nurses had to lose their slash days that paid OT. AUPE was the first up to negotiate that year and fell for it. It was never raised when UNA negotiated. So the only time part time LPNs can claim their OT is when they work past the end of their shift or on their designated weekends off. It's upset a lot of part time LPNs that they basically work all their picked up shifts at straight time, while the RN next to them who has also picked up a shift will only do so on their slash days for double time.
    So basically LPNs don't have "x" days or designated days off where you would be first on the list to be offered double time to come in if the need for nurses arises on the floor?

    Quote from Fiona59
    UNE's are assigned LPN or RN shifts. It cuts back on the number of available shifts for casual and part time LPNs who can not pick up an RN shift (well officially, we all know that Staffing will sub us in when they can't find an RN on most units).
    So UNE get treated like a staff member who have their own patients and their own shifts even though they can't do everything? Seems like a waste of resources that will increase burn out. They should not be given any LPN or RN shifts. Their shifts should be their own and in addition to the nurses who already have to work... I don't think this is an AUPE issue though.

    Quote from joanna73
    That's very unfair that you aren't paid OT for any picked up shifts. As an RN, if we are requested to work a shift that hasn't been voluntarily picked up, it's OT. The same should apply for LPNs.
    Umm not exactly true?? I know I have been asked to work a shift I haven't picked up for straight time before. Scheduling has a list they are suppose to go through. If everyone says no to straight time and the unit still needs people than it might go to overtime. I'm a RN and I definitely don't always get OT for shifts that I didn't voluntarily pick up. Maybe it depends on where the workplace??
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    No it isn't supposed to depend on the workplace, but managers will try to play games and not pay you the overtime. Review your UNA Collective Agreement. It stipulates that, "overtime is all time authorized by the employer and worked by an employee in excess of 7.75 hours per day OR on scheduled days of rest." (P. 13). Meaning that if it isn't a shift you voluntarily picked up, the employer must pay you overtime. They all know this, but many hope you don't know your collective agreement. You want me to work on my x day? Overtime. Period.
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    Now, if they have a list of people to ask, every employer is going to try to get people to work for straight time first. You have the right to say, "No. Call me back if you really need for OT." Many times, you'll end up getting the call back. We are always short, so I learned my Collective Agreement early on.
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