These agreements contained provisions to delay layoffs. The AHS`s latest offer included this provision and extended it until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all redundancies until a new agreement is reached. „It is simply wrong that the ADF is seeking to ensure indeterminate job security,“ he said. We have proposed that the current agreement continue until a new collective agreement is reached. In a statement on its website on Friday, the HSAA said the agreement would be accompanied by layoffs for HSAA protection measures until collective bargaining resumes. The AAU said it wanted clarification on a number of issues, including best operational practices, the allocation of care services, including health care, palliative and paediatric care, the reorganization of services at „small health care sites“ and the possible closure of acute beds. For this reason, Toews asked the ADF and AHS to „extend together the opening times for collective bargaining until 31 March 2021. An extension of the deadlines would also coincide with the extension of the employment security of nurses until March 31, 2021. „I think it`s the most reasonable way forward, especially for health care professionals… Delay negotiations until we can survive COVID and insurance. So we hope that they will react and that I will leave it at that. The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but the two groups agreed to temporarily delay negotiations during the pandemic.
Toews issued the statement after the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 30,000 registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and „allied workers,“ rejected Alberta Health Services` proposal to delay collective bargaining until 2021. „Alberta`s private health centres have been particularly affected by the pandemic. In some of these centres, workers have reached their limits, and their public sector employees are ready to step in where the need is greatest – heroes who support heroes to keep the most vulnerable Albertans safe and healthy. This agreement helps to ensure that there is a process to do the job. Guy Smith, President of THE AUPE: „By insulting Alberta nurses and refusing to postpone a government plan to put at least 750 nurses at ease until a new collective agreement comes into effect under a new collective agreement, Mr. Toews is creating a great deal of uncertainty in the health care system. „It is regrettable that we have not been able to reach an agreement with the ADF to continue these agreements in exchange for an extension of the current workplace safety provisions,“ the Health Authority said. „While we believe that our focus should remain on our COVID-19 response, we accept the union`s response and will work with them to schedule bargaining dates in the coming weeks. Every day, our health care people dedicate their lives to saving the lives of Albertans. In the pandemic, it is no different. As COVID 19 epidemics occur in the field of continuing education, Alberta`s public health heroes are called upon to deal with private care with their colleagues and help stop the spread where it is most aggressive. „The ADF believes that any redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established.“ Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a letter to both parties: „With the continued increase in confirmed infections, hospitalization rates and intensive care patients, and the ongoing burden on our health systems, we are increasingly in a hurry to focus our joint efforts on managing and addressing the immediate and evolving needs of Albertans.“ On 21 February, the ADA presented a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding that took into account all the key concerns identified in the negotiation of a new collective agreement in 2020, after little progress had been made