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. “I am extremely disappointed that the union leadership of the United Nurses of Alberta has denied stability during a pandemic,” Finance Minister Travis Toews said in an emailed statement. “We ask that there be no layoffs until there is a new collective agreement and the province tells us of its plans.” “That`s why we`ve asked UNA to work with us to postpone negotiations on its new treaty until we`re out of the COVID era,” Kenney said. “We don`t want the Alberta government or the nurses` union to be distracted from contract negotiations at that time,” “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? Travis Toews added that he was “extremely disappointed that union leaders have refused stability during the pandemic.” CALGARY — The head of the United Nurses of Alberta, the union that represents more than 30,000 nurses, and the province are at odds over the dates of collective bargaining. “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.” 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. “The AHS offered job security during the pandemic in exchange for a bargaining break until March 31, 2021.
The UNA had accepted the same delay twice since launch and in the midst of the pandemic. It is regrettable that the UNA trade union leadership has decided to play in the media around this reasonable offer of a break in negotiations. The nurses` union does not want to wait any longer and meet with the province on November 16. In a statement, the finance minister criticized the union for “orchestrating an exaggerated and inaccurate demand for indefinite job security.” Kathy CTV News Calgary Anchor | Videojournalist The UNA negotiating committee plans to meet next week to discuss the situation. To foster thoughtful and respectful conversations, first and last names will appear at each submission in CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in children`s and youth communities). Pseudonyms are no longer allowed. Contract negotiations expired in March due to the pandemic and both sides agreed to postpone the talks. . David Harrigan, the director of labour relations at United Nurses of Alberta, says the province announced last year that it is firing 750 nurses. Premier Jason Kenney paid tribute to the tremendous work nurses have done over the past seven difficult months. Alberta Nurses Union and Province clash over contract negotiation dates The United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) has rejected Alberta Health Services` offer to postpone negotiations until March 31, 2021. She had offered to resume discussions next month, but this proposal was rejected by AHS.
A press release on the UNA website says it is best to start negotiations earlier, as layoffs are still a problem between the two groups. The province declined the Nov. 16 date and said it wanted to postpone negotiations until March 31, 2021 and set the same date for the layoffs. . . .