“This extension will provide the health system with the stability it desperately needs as we remain focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.” Toews released the statement after the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 30,000 registered nurses, registered psychiatric nurses and “allied workers,” announced they had rejected Alberta Health Services` proposal to postpone collective bargaining until 2021. “It is simply not true that the UNA aspires to `indefinite job security,`” he said. “We have proposed that the current letter of agreement continue without dismissal until a new collective agreement is concluded.” The UNA`s exaggerated and inaccurate demand for indefinite job security is a shameful attempt to exploit a health crisis.Â “It is unfortunate that we have not been able to reach an agreement with the UNA to continue these agreements in exchange for an extension of the current job security provisions,” the health agency said. “While we believe we should continue to focus on our response to COVID-19, we accept the union`s response and will work with them to agree on bargaining dates in the coming weeks.” Mr. Toews must tone down the rhetoric and stop insulting the group of workers who are keeping the health care system moving through this crisis,” Harrigan said. “The government`s announcement a year ago that 750 nurses would be released this year and more in the following years had already created enormous uncertainty before the pandemic began.” In a statement on its website on Friday, the HSAA said the agreement is accompanied by layoffs for the protection of HSAA until collective bargaining resumes. 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. “Alberta`s private training centres have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. In some of these centres, workers are irritated to their limits, and their public sector colleagues are ready to intervene where the distress is greatest â€“ heroes who support heroes to keep Albertans most vulnerable safe and healthy. This agreement helps ensure that there is a process to get the job done. ” ~ Guy Smith, President of AUPE ” The most important thing for our members right now is to focus on the unprecedented health emergency. This understanding allows them to continue to protect and care for Albertans because they know they are protected.Â ~ Mike Parker, President of the HSAA On Friday, Toews issued a statement saying that AHS and the Alberta Health Sciences Association have reached an agreement to extend collective bargaining until March 31, 2021. As COVID-19 outbreaks occur in continuing care, Alberta`s public health heroes are being asked to stick together with their private care colleagues and help stop the spread where it is most aggressive.
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