The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but the two groups agreed to temporarily delay negotiations during the pandemic. All this happened after AHS proposed a four-year wage freeze and ”massive” withdrawals from the nurses` collective agreement, said A.A. Local 84 President Lara Kostyshyn. Local nurses, front-line health workers and other labour activists showed their support for public health care and patient care safety with a walk on February 13. The local walk was less than 33, organized across the province amid collective bargaining between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) on their provincial general arrangement. ”The ADF believes that any redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established,” he said. ”AHS has said it will not agree to postpone redundancies until a new agreement is reached.” Formal negotiations for the ADA agreement began on 15 January, after a pay start in 2019, she said. RN colleague Carlie Bakker hopes to see some momentum ahead during collective bargaining and the maintenance of previous hard-earned labour standards. These agreements contained provisions to delay layoffs.
The AHS`s latest offer included this provision and extended it until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all redundancies until a new agreement is reached. Kerry Williamson of AHS Communications confirmed that a collective agreement is under way with the unions and that wages will be part of those discussions. ”A proposal was presented to the ADF on 14 January 2020. Our AA proposal reflects our goal of aligning our collective agreements more with comparable provinces,” said Williamson. ”In our collective agreement, a lot of language is attacked. We are trying to get our current collective agreement and we are working on negotiations in all faith,” Kostyshyn said. The AA website stated that its proposed proposal contained two per cent increases in two years and some additional improvements to the language of the treaty in the agreement. Alberta seems these days, in The Beaverton, to make the nation`s headlines. It`s satire. Have a laugh; You have earned it.
www.aupe.org/news-and-publications/memoriam www.theprogressreport.ca/exclusive_alberta_governme… calgaryherald.com/…/icu-admissions-near-100-as-albe. February 13 was also the 32nd anniversary of the end of the 1988 AD provincial strike. Kostyshyn said they were not interested in any flashbacks and that they wanted to protect essential nurses` jobs and patient care safety. ”Just to get proper night care, patients need to be returned every two hours, patients need to be fed when the emergency room is full, if we have urgent operations that need to be done, there are simply not enough staff to do so,” said Stacy Green, a Nurse Practitioner (LPN) and Surgical Technician (ORT) at Hinton Healthcare Centre. Steve Buick, a spokesman for Alberta`s Minister of Health, said they maintain the health spending line and find efficiencies to offset the costs of population growth and other needs. www.statcan.gc.ca/eng/survey/household/5340 ”Patient safety has certainly decreased. If you increase patient rates as caregivers, if people get sicker and live longer, etc., you will not get the same kind of care they had. ”We are now forced to take breaks, even if it endangers patient safety,” she said.