“The most important thing for our members right now is to focus on the unprecedented health emergency. This understanding allows them to continue to protect and care for Albertans because they know they are protected. ~ Mike Parker, HSAA President This negotiated agreement between the unions and the employer will allow them to continue to do so while protecting themselves. “Mr. Toews must tone down the rhetoric and stop insulting the group of workers who are guiding the health care system through this crisis,” Harrigan said. “The government`s announcement a year ago that 750 nurses would be released this year and more in the following years had already created enormous uncertainty before the pandemic began.” “Alberta`s private training centres have been particularly hard hit by the pandemic. In some of these centres, workers are exhausted to their limits and their public sector colleagues are ready to intervene where the distress is greatest – heroes who support heroes to keep Albertans safe and healthy. Guy Smith, AUPE President Toews, released the statement after the United Nurses of Alberta, which represents more than 30,000 registered nurses, nurses and “allied workers,” announced the postponement of collective bargaining until 2021, they refused. The safety of health personnel is essential. If they get sick, they can`t take care of others. “This is a complicated situation caused by a very serious emergency affecting every part of Alberta, and the best way to deal with it has been for all parties involved to work together and reach an agreement that is satisfactory to both parties, which will ensure that Alberta`s health facilities are fully occupied and that our members are treated fairly as they work on the front lines in the fight against COVID-19. It is thanks to all parties involved that this work has been a success. ~ Heather Smith, PRESIDENT OF UNA Guy Smith, President of AUPE, said: “We have worked hard with other unions and employers to reach an agreement that protects staff and protects the supply of equipment.
In times of crisis, it is good to see that we are all working together for Albertans. “This is, I think, the most reasonable way to move forward, especially with health-related staff. delay negotiations until we can overcome COVID and the uncertainty it represents. So we hope they will react, and I will leave it at that. In February 2020, consulting firm Ernst and Young submitted its market report to Premier Kenney, in which they recommended “using operations, hospital meals, housekeeping, laundry, security, laboratory testing.”  The HSAA warned that “the allocation of operations, hospital catering, budget management, laundry, security, laboratory testing and more will lead to greater blows in the government coffers.”  [Note 1] The HSAA stated that “the privatization of laboratory services in Alberta could involve 850 full-time jobs.”  “We have asked the UNA to work with us to postpone negotiations on its new treaty until we are out of the COVID era. We do not want either the Government of Alberta or the nurses` union to be distracted from contract negotiations at that time. I think public opinion is right to expect us all to focus on the number one job, which preserves both life, livelihoods and health care from the pandemic. In a statement posted Friday on its website, the HSAA said the agreement is accompanied by layoffs for HSAA protection until collective bargaining resumes. . . .