EDMONTON – Alberta Health Services ratified a new collective agreement for close to 13,500 front-line Auxiliary Nursing Care staff on Sept. 13.
“We’re pleased the employer ratified the new collective agreement,” said AUPE President Guy Smith. “The work these members do is crucial to the overall quality of health care Albertans expect and deserve.”
The vote ratified a tentative agreement reached between AUPE and the employer June 27. Members ratified the tentative agreement Aug. 16.
Highlights of the three-year agreement, retroactive to April 1, 2012, include a wage increase of three per cent for each year of the agreement; improvements to the health flex account; improvements to health and wellness benefits and improvements to vacation time.
The Alberta Health Services agreement also sees the reinstatement of the northern living allowance, with improvements.
The agreement covers AUPE members of locals 040, 041, 043, 044, 045 and 046.
A draft copy of the new collective agreement will be made available on AUPE’s website shortly. The bargaining committee is working on proofing the agreement and getting out the final version for print.
Bargaining between the parties began in March.
AUPE represents nearly 80,000 working Albertans. Close to half the membership is employed in the health care sector.
For more information:
Guy Smith, AUPE President: 780-265-2294
Tyler Bedford, AUPE Communications: 780-930-3406