The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March. The ADF proposed freezing the negotiations on 12 March. « It is simply wrong that the ADF is trying to ensure indeterminate job security, » he said. We have proposed that the current agreement continue until a new collective agreement is reached. On March 17, the AHS bargaining committee received its instructions and aDA and AHS were able to conclude the agreement that the union had proposed five days earlier. The complaint was filed on March 18 and was reportedly attributed to complaints filed by the AHS and the provincial government during negotiations for a new provincial collective agreement for the majority of alberta-registered psychiatric nurses. The parties agreed to re-examine the issue in mid-May to determine whether the agreement still needed to be renewed. « The ADF believes that redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established. » 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. « By insulting Alberta nurses and refusing to defer a government plan, Mr. Toews is creating a great deal of uncertainty in the health care system. » « It is regrettable that we have not reached an agreement with the ADF to continue these agreements in exchange for an extension of the safety rules in force in the workplace, » 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. The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March. EDMONTON, AB – The additional pressure on Alberta`s health care system during the COVID 19 pandemic has led to a delay in negotiations on a new collective agreement for nurses, although this proposal has been rejected. 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. » 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. The ADF proposed freezing the negotiations on 12 March. Toews made 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. On 21 February, the ADA presented a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding that took into account all the major concerns expressed in negotiations on 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 complaint also argues that these measures are contrary to the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to be represented by a union in collective bargaining. An injunction, too, which requires the employer to meet and make every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement. These agreements contained provisions to delay layoffs.