Frustrations Remain as Bargaining Continues

FRUSTRATIONS REMAIN AS BARGAINING CONTINUES  

Your bargaining committee met with the employer on June 26 and 27 in Edmonton to continue negotiating your next collective agreement. 

We are disappointed to report that despite your committee’s presentation of a full, comprehensive package to the employer, which included improvements on job security, no contracting out language, workload and wages, including wage equity for the vast majority of our bargaining unit who is 85 per cent female, the employer continued its pattern of non-committal responses to our proposals. 

Although the employer claims to take our issues seriously, its continued lack of ability to deliver a formal response to our positions has made it difficult to move forward in bargaining and has left your committee frustrated. 

However, we will not rush into an agreement that does not meet members’ needs. 

Your committee is dedicated to taking the time necessary to achieve a fair collective agreement that respects your worth and does more to treat you as equal members of the AHS health-care team. Now is the time to push for improved language that protects your job and improves your well being. 

Below is a list of the outstanding issues at the table that both parties are continuing to work on to resolve: 

WAGES 

EMPLOYER’S PROPOSED 0% EACH YEAR FOR TWO YEARS 

ARTICLES 

ARTICLE 2 TERM OF COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT
ARTICLE 10 EMPLOYEE MANAGEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
ARTICLE 13 SUPPLY OF UNIFORMS
ARTICLE X PROTECTIVE CLOTHING AND PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT (NEW)
ARTICLE 18 ACTING INCUMBENTS
ARTICLE 19 RECLASSIFICATION
ARTICLE 22 OVERTIME
ARTICLE 23 ON-CALL DUTY
ARTICLE 26 SHIFT AND WEEKEND DIFFERENTIAL
ARTICLE 27 NAMED HOLIDAYS
ARTICLE 28 ANNUAL VACATION
ARTICLE 31 PREPAID HEALTH BENEFITS
ARTICLE 32 LEAVE OF ABSENCE
ARTICLE 34 ALTITUDE AND HAZARD DIFFERENTIAL
ARTICLE 35 PENSION PLAN
ARTICLE 36 CAMP ALLOWANCE
ARTICLE 40 CONTRACTING OUT/JOB SECURITY (NEW)
ARTICLE 41 CONTRACTING IN (NEW)
ARTICLE 42 WORKLOAD APPEAL PROCESS
ARTICLE 43 IN-SERVICE PROGRAMS AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
ARTICLE 44 WAGE EQUITY COMMITTEE
ARTICLE 45 PROFESSIONAL FEES
ARTICLE 46 DETERMINATION OF EXCLUSIONS FROM THE BARGAINING UNIT 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING (LOU) 

LOU #7 FLEXIBLE SPENDING ACCOUNT
LOU #9 PRECEPTOR PAY FOR UNIT CLERKS, LABORATORY ASSISTANT I AND II, SURGICAL PROCESSORS AND MEDICAL TRANSCRIPTIONISTS
LOU #12 EMPLOYEE BENEFITS (DIABETIC COVERAGE)
LOU #XXI JOINT BENEFITS COMMITTEE (NEW)
LOU #X EXTENDED HEALTH BENEFITS (NEW)
LOU #XXC OPERATIONAL RESTRUCTURING 

(NEW) indicates that new language in the collective agreement has been proposed. 

NEXT MEETING DATES 

We will meet again with the employer Aug. 29, 30 and Sept. 5, 6, where the employer has indicated it will provide us with a formal response to our proposals. 

Your bargaining committee is dedicated to keeping you informed throughout the entire negotiations process. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your committee or AUPE resource staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have. 

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AHS GSS BARGAINING TEAM MEMBERS: 

Local 054 
Nancy Woods nancy.janer@gmail.com
Charity Hill charity.johanson@gmail.com 

Local 056 
Lynne Jones lynnejones92@hotmail.com
Lauren White viagratte@hotmail.com 

Local 057 
Darren Graham local57bargaining@gmail.com
Ray Tweedle tweedleraymond@gmail.com 

Local 058 
Karl Clauss clauss42@gmail.com
David Ibach daveibach@telus.net 

Local 095
Stacey Ross sross13@shaw.ca
Dusan Milutinovic dusan.aupe@yahoo.com 

AUPE RESOURCE STAFF: 

Chris Dickson Lead Negotiator
1-800-232-7284 or c.dickson@aupe.org 

Mac McNaughton Negotiator
1-800-232-7284 or m.mcnaughton@aupe.org 

Trevor Zimmerman Organizer
1-800-232-7284 or t.zimmerman@aupe.org 

Farris Sobhani Organizer
1-800-232-7284 or f.sobhani@aupe.org 

Tyler Bedford Communications
1-800-232-7284 or t.bedford@aupe.org 

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