Alberta nurses move closer to contractual agreement with AHS

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It appears that Alberta Nurses are close to entering into a contractual agreement with Alberta Health Services.

The United Nurses of Alberta bargaining committee is asking union members to ratify a mediator’s recommendations for a new collective agreement with AHS.

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The recommendations include a pay rise over the duration of the four-year contract which amounts to 4.15%, according to the union. The term of the agreement would be from April 1, 2020 to March 31, 2024.

Other elements of the proposed contract include a one-time 1% lump sum payment from 2021 “in recognition of nurses’ contribution during the pandemic” and enhanced psychological supports.

In addition, a Rural Capacity Investment Fund will be created, allocating $5 million per year for recruitment and retention strategies in rural and remote areas. More than $2.5 million a year will be allocated for resettlement assistance, the union said.

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“This agreement recognizes the hard work and sacrifices of Alberta’s registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses throughout the pandemic,” UNA President Heather Smith said in a press release Wednesday.

“Our members and their colleagues have held Alberta’s health care system together, and it’s a relief to have reached an agreement with the help of the government-appointed mediator.

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New proposal eliminates some pay cuts for Alberta nurses as negotiations continue


New proposal eliminates some pay cuts for Alberta nurses as negotiations continue – September 8, 2021

Treasury Board and Finance Minister Travis Toews released a statement on Wednesday saying the step comes after months of negotiations.

“I respect the unique, frontline clinical role that nurses have played – and continue to play – during the COVID pandemic. This agreement recognizes their hard work and dedication, as well as the many sacrifices nurses have made since the start of the pandemic,” Toews said.

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“If ratified, this agreement will provide the basis for workforce stability in the health care system.”

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The minister said he is looking forward to the results of the ratification vote.

In addition to RNs and RPNs employed by AHS, the agreement covers those employed by Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care and The Bethany Group. The UNA represents over 30,000 RNs and RPNs in Alberta.

A ratification vote is due to take place on January 17.

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