you are the heart and soul of BCNU, and our union is strongest when our membership is informed, active and engaged.
At BCNU, we are aiming for 'NU connections' with each of you, to ensure members feel supported and are empowered to be an active part of the union.
We are excited to launch a series of educational topics, supported by Regional Council Members and BCNU's leadership teams. A new education topic with be offered each month to provide up-to-date information on topics such as the role of the steward, bargaining, job action and occupational health and safety. There will be in-person connections
and online learning resources available for all members.
Watch BCNU member eNews and your worksite's BCNU bulletin board for information on upcoming events.
Connect with BCNU leaders, ask questions and get involved with your union. Your involvement makes the difference!
NBA Bargaining & Job Action 101:NBA Bargaining & Job Action 101 is a short online module designed to introduce Nurses' Bargaining Association (NBA) members to the process of collective bargaining and explain what job action could look like. Job Action Planning:This module is meant to provide a detailed overview of how BCNU initiates and supports job action. This resource may be actively referred to while preparing for and during job action as it occurs.
Job Action Pay:BCNU Job Action Pay is an online module designed to inform BCNU members about their pay in the event that job action occurs.Job Action FAQ:This document provides answers to commonly asked questions about job action. It will be revised frequently with new information, so please check back often for updates.
Please note that the link to these modules and resources will open in the Member Portal. If you do not have auto-sign in for the portal enabled, you will need to log into the Member Portal to view the resource.
Steward Role: With the upcoming steward elections, now is the time to become more familiar with the role and recruit more stewards. The more stewards involved in BCNU the stronger the team becomes. The first step in becoming a steward is to take the Building Union Strength (BUS) course. It is a one day, salary reimbursed, event hosted in your region by Member Educators.
Grievance Process: One of the central activities Stewards are involved in is the grievance process. The NBA Grievance Process Overview is a short online module providing an overview of the process. While this one is specific to the NBA, those members and stewards from other collective agreements will still find it informative.
Unions play an integral role in the workplace by improving working conditions, including wages, safety, and benefits. There are three different operation models used by unions in North America: servicing, organizing and member-centric models. BCNU's model fosters a member-centric culture and encourages all members to become involved, engaged and empowered members.
Who Is BCNU? is a short online education module to learn more about BCNU's core vision and mission, as well as the member supports, services, and resources that the union offers its members. The module also includes links to resources for learning your employment rights.
How to Report Safety Concerns: Reporting safety concerns is the first step in getting them corrected. Hopefully it is also the last step. This education module, is an orientation to reporting, documenting and following up on safety concerns. Introduction to JOSHC:The Joint Occupational Health and Safety Committee (JOHSC) is a worksite committee where members and their employer work collaboratively to resolve safety issues in the workplace. To find out more about JOHSC, please review this module. If you are interested in becoming a JOHSC worker representative, contact your elected OHS representative or your Regional Council Member.
BCNU’s Licensing, Education, Advocacy and Practice (LEAP) Program was established in 1988 to assist and advocate for members with matters related to professional practice complaints to the British Columbia College of Nurses and Midwives (BCCNM), as well as those related to licensing challenges, mental health concerns and substance use. If you answer 'yes' to any of the following statements, or if you are unsure, please contact the LEAP Intake Assistant as soon as possible at email@example.com:
You, your colleague(s) or employer are concerned about your fitness to practice. This may include physical or mental health conditions, such as substance use or mood disorders.
Concerns have been raised about your competency to practice.
A formal complaint was made against your nursing practice.
You are having difficulty obtaining a practicing license.
You have failed the NCLEX-RN, REx-PN (formerly CPNRE), or RPNCE.
All BCNU members are eligible to apply for the LEAP Program. To apply for the LEAP Program, please complete the LEAP Application and Authorization form.
The parties now agree to a revised Professional Responsibility process to address only professional practice problems, which includes any practice problem related to the Nursing Standards of Practice of the provincial regulatory body including those which may put patients, residents and/or clients at risk. The Professional Responsibility Process web page can be found here.
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