The new collective agreement provides for improvements in the reconciliation of work and private life, working conditions and benefits. Yesterday (April 23), the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA), the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) negotiated an agreement with alberta Health Services (AHS) that sets out the parameters for this temporary redeployment of staff. Today, the three unions gave the majority of ahS staff, the following joint statement was made: “This was a complicated situation caused by a very serious emergency affecting all parts of Alberta, and the best way to deal with it was for all parties involved to work together and reach a satisfactory agreement for both parties, ensuring that Alberta`s health facilities are fully occupied and that our members are treated fairly while they are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. It is thanks to all the participants that this work has been a success. “Heather Smith, AA President The duration of the agreement is from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. “It is regrettable that we have not been able to reach an agreement with the ADF to continue these agreements in exchange for an extension of the current workplace safety provisions,” the Health Authority said. While we believe we should focus on our COVID 19 response, we accept the union`s response and will work with them to plan negotiations in the coming weeks. We continue to explore a large number of options as part of our collective agreements, as we want to provide additional support to our COVID 19 response,” he said. This agreement, negotiated between the unions and the employer, will ensure that they can continue to do so while protecting themselves. In a statement on its website on Friday, the HSAA said the agreement would be accompanied by layoffs for HSAA protection measures until collective bargaining resumes. Edmonton (March 27, 2018) – Members of the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA/NUPGE) working at Alberta Health Services (AHS) voted to ratify the interim agreement reached on February 24.
“The ADF believes that any redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established.” “By insulting Alberta nurses and refusing to delay a government plan to fire at least 750 nurses under a new collective agreement, Mr. Toews is creating a great deal of insecurity in the health care system.” This seems to be a fairly normal union agreement. On the other hand, we could be like the United Kingdom and lay off a large part of our unionized employees for less skilled free market workers. It only has the effect that hospital staff work harder for less money and have negative effects on patients` health. But it`s cheaper! I haven`t exhausted my salary yet. It`s going to happen in Grade 9, where I`m going to make almost $110,000. This does not include all the benefits paid by employers and, until then, we will have another collective agreement that will increase that maximum salary (and therefore my maximum salary). “It is simply wrong that the ADF is seeking to ensure indeterminate job security,” he said. We have proposed that the current agreement continue until a new collective agreement is reached. Parker says he has been pushing AHS to temporarily change the collective agreement for more than a month. The interim agreement is now subject to approval by the AHS Board of Directors, which is scheduled to meet on March 26 and 27.
AHS offers 89-day contracts to some casual workers to prevent the benefits required after three months of full-time employment, as stipulated in their collective agreement, according to the Alberta Health Sciences Association.