19 Dec Una Collective Bargaining Agreement
“It is not a faithful bargaining ground for AHS to force the ADF to guess the guidelines it can apply,” AA Labour Minister David Harrigan said in the complaint. The complaint also alleges that the employer violated the provisions of the Alberta Labour Relations Code and interfered in the operation of a union through bad faith negotiations. UNA, AHS, COVENANT Health, Lamont Health Care Centre and Bethany Group (Camrose) are parties to a collective agreement lasting from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. AA officials say they are seeking several remedies, including an order ordering the employer to disclose to the AA all current and future instructions from the Minister or his delegate regarding the negotiations. 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. 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. Also an injunction ordering the employer to meet and make every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement. “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.
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. 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. AAU officials assert that the complaint argues that good faith negotiations are not possible if the employer (AHS) is subject to the instructions of a cabinet minister and that the law prohibits informing the union of its employees of the existence or content of these guidelines.