These agreements contained provisions to delay dismissals. AHS`s latest offer contained and extended this provision until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all layoffs until a new agreement is reached. Finance Minister Travis Toews wrote to both sides: “With the continued growth of infections, hospitalization rates and confirmed patients in intensive care, and the persistent burden on our health care systems, we are increasingly eager to focus our joint efforts on addressing and addressing the immediate and evolving needs of Albertans. “UnA`s exaggerated and inaccurate demand for indefinite job security is a shameful attempt to take advantage of a health crisis. EDMONTON, AB – Additional pressure on Alberta`s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a proposal to delay negotiating a new nurses` collective agreement, although that proposal was rejected. The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but both groups reached agreements to temporarily postpone negotiations during the pandemic. The collective agreement has expired and is being renegotiated by the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. Therefore, printed copies of the agreement are not currently distributed. As a result, Toews asked the UNA and AHS to “jointly extend the deadlines for the start of collective bargaining until March 31, 2021. The extension of the deadlines would also coincide with the extension of nurses` job security until March 31, 2021. You can consult the agreement on the following pages. You will also find here a PDF of the full agreement.
“The UNA believes that layoffs should be postponed until a new collective agreement is reached,” the statement reads. “AHS said it would not agree to postpone the layoffs until a new deal is reached.” In an updated statement from Toews` ministry, he says the union has called for a seven per cent increase, although Alberta nurses have been compensated “about 8.1 per cent more than their counterparts in Western Canada.” Revision of the Long-Term Disability Plan Continuous Work Plans for Employees in Schedule “A-1” Learn more about the collective agreement, rights and rights of the bargaining unit By submitting a comment, you agree that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment in any manner chosen by CBC. Please note that CBC does not endorse the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are animated in accordance with our submission policies. Comments are welcome as long as they are open. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. The UNA negotiating committee plans to meet next week to discuss the situation. “I am extremely disappointed that the union leadership of the United Nurses of Alberta has refused stability during a pandemic,” Finance Minister Travis Toews said in an email statement.
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