Kenney said he appreciates the work of nurses at the best times, but especially in the last seven “difficult months.” He asked the union to cooperate with the government. Premier Jason Kenney paid tribute to the tremendous work nurses have done over the past seven difficult months. These agreements contained provisions to delay dismissals. AHS`s latest offer contained and extended this provision until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all layoffs until a new agreement is reached. “The UNA believes that layoffs should be postponed until a new collective agreement is reached,” the statement reads. “AHS said it would not agree to postpone the layoffs until a new deal is reached.” “By insulting Alberta nurses and refusing to postpone a government plan to lay off at least 750 nurses until a new collective agreement is in place, Mr. Toews is creating great uncertainty in the health care system.” Watch below: Some Global News videos about Alberta nurses during the COVID-19 pandemic. 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. “It is regrettable 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.” It is simply not true that the UNA is aiming for “indefinite job security,” he said. We have proposed that the current Letter of Layoff-Letter of Understanding continue until a new collective agreement is reached.
David Harrigan, the director of labour relations at United Nurses of Alberta, says the province announced last year that it is firing 750 nurses. 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 parties agree to revisit the matter in mid-May to determine whether the agreement should continue to be renewed. . . .