Collective Agreement Nurses Alberta

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. David Harrigan, the director of labour relations at United Nurses of Alberta, says the province announced last year that it is firing 750 nurses. “These statements by Travis Toews are arrogant and insulting,” their statement reads. “He is threatening to lay off 750 nurses, and they are simply asking him not to do so until the pandemic is over and contract negotiations are over. Accusing nurses who work in dual teams, often in more than one hospital, of “taking advantage of a health crisis” is detestable. “It`s hard to believe that doesn`t mean the government plans to fire nurses as soon as it can get by,” Harrigan said. Toews released the statement after the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 30,000 registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and “allied workers,” announced they had rejected Alberta Health Services` proposal to postpone collective bargaining until 2021. “It is simply not true that the UNA aspires to `indefinite job security,`” he said. “We have proposed that the current letter from Layoff-Letter of Understanding continue until a new collective agreement is reached. Watch below: Some Global News videos about Alberta nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. “The finance minister`s rhetoric seems to indicate that they want to go to war with nursing. They`ve already started a war with doctors, why would you extend that now and start a war with nurses in the middle of a pandemic? “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.” Opposition financial critic Shannon Phillips issued a statement Friday in response to Toews` remarks, saying it was “unbelievable” that the minister was “choosing fights with nurses” on the same day Alberta recorded its highest number of new COVID-19 cases. . .