05/23/2013 09:01 EDT | Updated 05/23/2013 09:03 EDT

Alberta Nurses' Union Seeks Explanation For Layoffs, Cuts


EDMONTON - The United Nurses of Alberta wants to know why registered nurses are being laid off at health facilities in the province.

The union has sent a letter to Alberta Health Services, asking for a list of all layoffs and job position cuts since April 1 that would fall under the UNA umbrella.

It also asks AHS to disclose changes it expects to make within the next year, and the amount of money it hopes to save through staff changes.

David Harrigan, UNA's director of labour relations, says the union estimates 60 RN positions have been eliminated in the last two months and it's concerned about jobs being filled with licensed practical nurses.

Kerry Williamson, an AHS spokesman, says in some cases RNs have been replaced by LPNs, but the replacements are fully trained for their jobs.

The UNA says it continues to wait for a response to its letter.

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