Yesterday (April 23), the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA), the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) negotiated an agreement with alberta Health Services (AHS) that sets out the parameters for this temporary redeployment of staff. Today, the three unions representing the majority of AHS staff made the following statement: I am quite comfortable with what you are doing and how your salary increases with the mandate. The stability of health care and the decrease in the number of people would be less numerous for many reasons. Certainly not an angry trade unionist, I have never really interacted with them, and the $700 they take in union fees is a small percentage of my salary. I also have post-degree training, and my union position does not go to 9 steps and does not reach 100K. The step increases are great, but seven years after my career, I will never see an increase that will increase the cost of living unless the union can negotiate. It is a long way to retirement, so the increases you are talking about are preloaded and eroded. Which is not a complaint, because it is my choice. I love my job and I would not trade it for private sector money. Unions are not just about representing you and others who still have step increases.
They also represent people who have not been involved in many years, see only the increases negotiated in new contracts. If the highest 5 to 10 per cent were willing to make a splash, as you say, corporate tax and a progressive income tax would be on the table. But they`re not. So far, only union wages are deemed worthy by Prentice. That`s why people are on the other, not because they complain about their wages. I am quite satisfied with your salaries and the mechanisms that are increasing them, and I would like to say that it makes me uncomfortable that they do not continue to rise after Grade 9. Edmonton (Oct 13, 2009) – The Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA/NUPGE) has negotiated an extensive “voluntary withdrawal letter” on behalf of members covered by their collective agreement with the province. The union stated that it chose to accept the delay because it felt it was preferable to accept employment protection in the short term, given the persistence of the pandemic and the state of Alberta`s economy. “Alberta`s private health centres have been particularly affected by the pandemic. Workers have reached their limits in some of these centres and their public sector employees are ready to step in where the need is greatest – heroes who support heroes to keep the most vulnerable Albertans safe and healthy. This agreement helps to ensure that there is a process to do the job. “Guy Smith, at the president I had my fair share of horrible nurses who didn`t care about their work, about the same proportion as any other profession.
Yes, public occupations generally provide a decent standard of living for the middle class when you start to find better-paying, changing jobs. The middle class should be well paid, it feeds our economy. This does not mean that something is wrong with the trade union professions and that other people in the private sector should upset them, we should ask the private sector why they do not offer similar benefits. “We continue to explore a number of options as part of our collective agreements, as we want to provide additional support to our COVID 19 response,” he said.