“Patient safety has certainly decreased. If you increase patient rates as caregivers, if people get sicker and live longer, etc., you will not get the same kind of care they had. “In our collective agreement, a lot of language is attacked. We are trying to get our current collective agreement and we are working on negotiations in all faith,” Kostyshyn said. Williamson said no decision had been made at this stage on the potential impact on health care workers and that cooperation with staff and unions was continuing. All this happened after AHS proposed a four-year wage freeze and “massive” withdrawals from the nurses` collective agreement, said A.A. Local 84 President Lara Kostyshyn. The AA website stated that its proposed proposal contained two per cent increases in two years and some additional improvements to the language of the treaty in the agreement. I work with many, many nurses, and I would say that many prefer less than full time. Many are moms and love the 0.6, 0.4 lines. When the union complains about part-time care centres, they are separated from their employees who apply for part-time employment.
The province had previously proposed that the next collective agreement include a one per cent pay withdrawal for the 24,000 AUPE members who work in the public service. “This is a complicated situation caused by a very serious emergency affecting all parts of Alberta, and the best way to deal with it is for all parties involved to work together and reach a satisfactory agreement for both parties, ensuring that Alberta`s health facilities are fully occupied and that our members are treated fairly while they are on the front lines of the fight against COVID-19. It is thanks to all the participants that this work has been a success. “Heather Smith, President of AAA But cuts to health care centres are likely to remain underway after the COVID-19 outbreak is under control,” said David Harrigan of the United Nurses of Alberta. A proposal was submitted to the ADF on 14 January 2020. Our AA proposal reflects our goal of aligning our collective agreements more with comparable provinces,” said Williamson. RN colleague Carlie Bakker hopes to see some momentum ahead during collective bargaining and the maintenance of previous hard-earned labour standards. Local nurses, front-line health workers and other labour activists showed their support for public health care and patient care safety with a walk on February 13. The local walk was less than 33, organized across the province amid collective bargaining between Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) on their provincial general arrangement. “Alberta`s private health centres have been particularly affected by the pandemic.