“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 complaint was filed on March 18 and was allegedly attributed to actions brought by the AHS and the provincial government during the negotiation of a new provincial collective agreement for the majority of registered psychiatric nurses in Alberta. On 17 March, the AHS bargaining committee received its instructions and the ADA and AHS were able to conclude the agreement that the union had proposed five days earlier. These agreements contained provisions to delay layoffs. The AHS`s latest offer included this provision and extended it until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all redundancies until a new agreement is reached. The complaint also argues that these measures are contrary to the provisions of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, including the right to be represented by a union in collective bargaining. Also an injunction ordering the employer to meet and make every reasonable effort to enter into a collective agreement. UNA, AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care Centre and Bethany Group (Camrose) are parties to a collective agreement lasting from April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2020. 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. United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) rejected Alberta Health Services` offer to delay negotiations until March 31, 2021. It had proposed to resume talks next month, but this proposal was rejected by the AHS. For negotiations with AAU, AHS acts as an agent for Covenant Health, the Lamont Health Centre and the Bethany Group.
In a press release published on the ADF website, it was said that the start of negotiations was preferable, as layoffs remained a problem between the two groups. “The ADF`s overall and unsotent demand for indeterminate job security is a shameful attempt to exploit a health crisis.” According to ADF officials, the complaint describes how AHS negotiators confirmed that they had received instructions from Finance Minister Travis Toews but were not authorized to pass on these instructions to the ADF to fulfill its commitment to negotiate in good faith. In making a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish all or part of that comment, in any manner that CBC chooses. Please note that CBC does not support the views expressed in the comments. Comments on this story are moderated in accordance with our mailing policies. Comments are welcome while open. We reserve the right to comment at any time. The complaint alleges that an employer-negotiator stated that the AHS committee had received instructions from the provincial chief to negotiate, Kevin Davediuk, who acted for the Minister not to share the negotiating committee`s mandate with the ADF.
It accuses Sections 3 and 4 of the Public Sector Employers Act, passed last year, of violating their rights under the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.