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. In addition, the letter of stuttering, which also expires on March 31, will be #20, Re: Job Security, which also expires on March 31, so that it has an expiration date until May 31, 2020. This loU ensures that there will be no dismissal of Direct Nursing staff under the ADA agreement until the letter expires. The parties agreed to re-examine the issue in mid-May to determine whether the agreement still needs to be renewed. “The ADF believes that any redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established,” he said. “AHS has said it will not agree to postpone redundancies until a new agreement is reached.” 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. 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 was made in January and February in signing a new agreement. AHS rejected the proposed Memorandum of Understanding. The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March. The ADF proposed freezing the negotiations on 12 March. United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) rejected Alberta Health Services` offer to delay negotiations until March 31, 2021.
It had proposed to resume talks next month, but this proposal was rejected by the AHS. “I am very disappointed that Alberta`s United Nurses Union Leadership has denied stability during a pandemic,” Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a Peredese. In response to the circumstances of COVID-19 and the resulting pandemic planning, AFA and AHS agreed that ongoing negotiations between AFA and AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Centre and The Bethany Group (Camrose) on the Direct Collective Care Agreement, which expires on March 31, 2020, will be suspended until May 31, 2020 included.