“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.” An injunction that also ordered the employer to meet and make all reasonable efforts to reach a collective agreement. Finance Minister Travis Toews wrote to both sides: “With the continued growth of infections, hospitalization rates and confirmed patients in intensive care, and the persistent burden on our health care systems, we are increasingly eager to focus our joint efforts on addressing and addressing the immediate and evolving needs of Albertans. 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. 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 parties agree to revisit the matter in mid-May to determine whether the agreement still needs to be extended. On 21 February, the UNA tabled a comprehensive treaty proposal addressing all the important concerns identified during negotiations for 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. EDMONTON, AB – Additional pressure on Alberta`s health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in a proposal to delay negotiations on a new nurses` collective agreement, although that proposal was rejected. The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March.

The UNA proposed to freeze the negotiations on 12 March. 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. In addition, the letter of understanding #20, Re: Job Security, which also expires on March 31, will be amended 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. On March 17, the AHS bargaining committee received his instructions and the UNA and AHS were able to reach the agreement that the union would have proposed five days earlier. The complaint was filed on the 18th It is believed to be due to actions 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. These agreements contained provisions to delay dismissals. The last ahs offer contained and extended this provision until March 31, but the union intends to postpone all layoffs until a new agreement is reached. . . .