- Responding to AHS cost containment announcements

AHS GSS Member Update - Responding to AHS cost containment announcements

Posted February 06, 2015 in Health Care, GSS2014

Henry Wakoluk:

Stacey Ross:



Yesterday AHS announced a number of cost containment measures including a mandate for zero per-cent increases for all employees.

However, it is important to remember that AHS cannot unilaterally dictate wage freezes for our members.

Our members have a right to a fair collective bargaining process, and we will continue in that bargaining process over the coming months.

The latest round of bargaining broke off on Jan. 19 when AHS reversed the one per-cent increases they had previously proposed and replaced them with zeros, a mandate AHS negotiators stated came from CEO Vickie Kaminiski.

The work that GSS members do has a great impact on the quality of health care for Albertans. However, AHS’s own surveys highlight serious problems with employee morale, and a failure to negotiate respectfully will only compound those problems.

On Jan. 22, AUPE filed a legal complaint with the Alberta Labour Relations Board alleging that AHS is bargaining in bad faith. We also applied for interest arbitration to have a hearing on what a fair and competitive collective agreement should be.

AHS cannot simply sidestep this process and ignore their obligation to negotiate with their employees respectfully. We will continue to hold them accountable to that obligation, and, as always, to keep you informed as we move through this process.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your committee with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Your local bargaining committee:

Local 095

Kevin Davediuk,
AUPE Staff Negotiator

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