„The ADF believes that any redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established,“ he said. „AHS has said it will not agree to postpone redundancies until a new agreement is reached.“ The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but the two groups agreed to temporarily delay negotiations during the pandemic. „We have asked the ADF to work with us to postpone negotiations on its new treaty until we leave the COVID era. We do not want the Alberta government or the nurses` union to be diverted from contract negotiations at this stage. I think the public is right to expect that we will all focus on the number one workplace, which preserves life, livelihoods and our health care because of the pandemic. Opposition finance critic Shannon Phillips made a statement Friday in response to Toews` statements that it was „incredible“ that the minister was „fighting with nurses“ on the same day that Alberta recorded the highest number of new cases of COVID-19. To promote thoughtful and respectful conversations, first names and surnames will appear at each filing at CBC/Radio-Canada`s online communities (except in child and youth-focused communities). Pseudonyms are no longer allowed. The parties agreed to re-examine the issue in mid-May to determine whether the agreement still needs to be renewed. 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. On 21 February, the ADA presented a comprehensive Memorandum of Understanding that took into account all the key concerns identified in the negotiation of 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 union stated that it chose to accept the delay because it felt it was preferable to accept employment protection in the short term, given the persistence of the pandemic and the state of Alberta`s economy. „By insulting Alberta nurses and refusing to delay a government plan to fire at least 750 nurses under a new collective agreement, Mr. Toews is creating a great deal of insecurity in the health care system.“ On Friday, Toews issued a statement stating that AHS and the Alberta Health Sciences Association had reached an agreement to extend collective bargaining until March 31, 2021. In addition, the letter of stuttering, which also expires on March 31, will be #20, Re: Job Security, which also expires on March 31, so that it has an expiration date until May 31, 2020. This loU ensures that there will be no dismissal of Direct Nursing staff under the ADA agreement until the letter expires. The agreement to suspend negotiations was signed on 17 March. The ADF proposed freezing the negotiations on 12 March. „I think it`s the most reasonable way forward, especially for health care professionals… Delay negotiations until we can survive COVID and insurance. So we hope that they will react and that I will leave it at that. „The AAA believes that any redundancies should be postponed until a new collective agreement is established. Toews issued 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.