“The AHS negotiator is not there and is in charge of COVID. Alberta Health Services hires people to negotiate their collective agreements and hires professional negotiators. You do not hire covid health professionals. This is what happened last year, when the AAU and AHS reached an agreement to address a critical shortage of emergency personnel at the Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, which resulted in the creation of 11.7 full-time equivalent positions. The plans were disclosed “before negotiations on the UNA 2020 national collective agreement, so that the union has time to record the information and react accordingly,” the union said in a press release. Harrigan said he suspected the real reason the province does not want to return to the negotiating table is that it should unveil its plan to continue with a redundancy program unveiled in late 2019. The two sides began negotiating a new agreement in 2019, but then agreed twice to suspend negotiations until the end of this month to focus on the pandemic. The last four-year collective agreement with Alberta Health Services and the United Nurses of Alberta expired almost a year ago. WADA members are now voting on whether to ratify the agreement. Referring to documents provided by the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, Mr. Smith stated that the maximum compensation for an hourly registered nurse was 58.81 $US. We do not know where that number comes from. A brief look at the AAU provincial collective agreement will show that an RN at the top of the pay scale would earn $49.34 an hour.
That is a difference of about $20,000 a year. According to a statement, decisions are still being made, but the AHS is required to disclose the measures taken in the context of collective bargaining. During the pandemic, the government also continued negotiations for a new agreement on pay and working conditions with doctors. Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Dr. Paul Boucher, the head of the Alberta Medical Association, recently announced an interim agreement. The right numbers are easy to find: they are on page 287 of the current ADF collective agreement with the AHS and other public health employers, a public document available on the ADF website and with the Alberta Labour Relations Council. But Steve Buick, a spokesman for Shandro, said the minister had no plans to meet with the unions because “it would be interference in the negotiations that hasn`t even started yet.” Heather Smith is President of the United Nurses of Alberta. The position on downsizing outlined by the AHS is just the beginning, Shepherd said in an interview with reporters on Friday. “Mr. Toews had no problem with the government insisting on negotiating with (the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees). I`ve never experienced such hypocrisy,” he said. She says the AAU represents more than 30,000 registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and other workers in the province.
“In many cases, this restructuring could include alternative service delivery models that will help provide effective services while preserving jobs in Alberta`s economy,” said AHS. This week, the AFA has formally informed Alberta`s health services, wants to resume negotiations and is seeking meetings in April or May. “They are going to go to war with front-line health workers in the province of Alberta, instead of providing them with the help and resources they need to cope with the increasing pressure and workload,” he said. The government has promised “not to touch health workers on the front line,” Smith said in a press release. We found a problem when registering. Please try again: “If they have to take a sick day, there is no one who can cover up,” Shepherd said. “You`re under pressure and… it wreaks havoc on human health, physically and mentally. The high number of overtime hours worked by the AHS is