“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. On 21 February, the UNA presented a comprehensive treaty proposal that addressed all the important concerns identified during negotiations on a new collective agreement in 2020, after little progress was made in January and February towards a new agreement. The AHS rejected this proposed Memorandum of Understanding. In addition, the letter of understanding will be #20, Re: Job Security, which was also received on March 31 expires, modified to have an expiration date of May 31, 2020. This loU guarantees that there will be no dismissal of direct nursing staff under the UNA agreement before the expiry date of the letter. 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. The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March. The UNA proposed to freeze the negotiations on 12 March.
The parties agree to revisit the matter in mid-May to determine whether the agreement still needs to be extended. In response to the circumstances related to COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic planning, UNA and AHS have agreed that ongoing negotiations between UNA and AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Centre and The Bethany Group (Camrose) for the Direct Collective Care Agreement, which expires on March 31, 2020, will be suspended until May 31 inclusive. 2020. “UNA`s exaggerated and inaccurate demand for indefinite job security is a shameful attempt to take advantage of a health crisis.” 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. “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. By making a comment, you agree that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment in any way that CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not endorse the views expressed in the comments….