The parties agree to revisit the matter in mid-May to determine whether the agreement still needs to be extended. 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. “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.” 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 UNA believes that layoffs should be postponed until a new collective agreement is reached.” “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. 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. The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March. The UNA proposed to freeze the negotiations on 12 March. UNA, AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care Centre and Bethany Group (Camrose) are parties to a collective agreement from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020.
The complaint also argues that these measures are contrary to the freedom of association provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which imply the right to be represented by a union in collective bargaining. An injunction that also ordered the employer to meet and make all reasonable efforts to reach a collective agreement. 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 Friday, Toews made a statement saying that the AHS and the Alberta Health Sciences Association had reached an agreement to extend collective bargaining until March 31, 2021. In a statement on its website on Friday, the HSAA said the agreement is accompanied by layoffs for the protection of HSAA until collective bargaining resumes. “By insulting Alberta nurses and refusing to postpone a government plan to lay off at least 750 nurses until a new collective agreement comes into effect, Mr. Toews is creating great uncertainty in the health care system.” The complaint was filed in March. 18 and is believed to be due to actions taken by the AHS and the provincial government during negotiations for a new provincial collective agreement for the majority of registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses in Alberta.
On March 17, the AHS bargaining committee received its instructions and the UNA and AHS were able to reach the agreement that the union would have proposed five days earlier. . . .