LPNs vote to join the BC Nurses Union in historic 69% vote!

I’m so thrilled to say it has just been announced that LPNs voted decisively in favour of joining the BC Nurses Union. This is great news for Licensed Practical Nurses in BC and in my opinion the best thing that has happened to our profession in a very very long time.

Michelle Devia at the CLPNBC Conference June 2012

So many great things are happening now for LPNs. LPNs have struggled to get the support they deserve for a long time but from this day forward we will be represented by nurses who understand the important work we do and the issues we face. We will finally have a strong bargaining committee made up entirely of LPNs, 6 seats on BCNU council, and now we have the very best negotiators working hard for us at the bargaining table and BCNU will begin working towards having LPNs bargaining with other nurses at the Nurses Bargaining Association, instead of the Facilities where we are right now.

No longer will we have to fight to have our nursing issues heard, no longer will we have a non-nurse steward to represent us for workplace grievances or practice concerns, and we now pay less union dues and we will no longer pay union dues on overtime – more money in our pocket at the end of the day! When it comes to funding for education we will no longer have limited options as 15% of your union dues will be set aside for you to use towards eduction of your choosing (yes towards getting your nursing degree!) as well as we will have access to BCNU’s other education funds. There are many many other great things in store for LPNs and you can read all about it here.

In the next few days the Labour Board will certify BCNU as LPNs’ union. In the meantime you can do the following:

  1. Update your contact information with BCNU so you can receive the latest news and information.
  2. Check the BCNU LPN website for news bulletins and contact information for your area union rep.
  3. Join the over 1300 LPNs in the LPN Cafe’s Facebook Group to stay up to date on the latest nursing issues.

Cheers to LPNs in BC!
Michelle Devia, LPN
Founder, The LPN Cafe