EDMONTON – New collective agreements have been ratified for approximately 13,500 Auxiliary Nursing staff at Alberta Health Services, Covenant Health, Lamont Health Care Centre and Gray House Guild following a mail-in ratification vote at union headquarters Aug. 16.
The vote ratified tentative agreements reached between AUPE and the employers June 27.
“We’re pleased agreements have been reached that both sides support,” said AUPE Negotiator Terry Agoto.
Highlights of the three-year agreements, retroactive to April 1, 2012, include a wage increase of three per cent for each year of the agreements; 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 agreements cover AUPE members of locals 040, 041, 043, 044, 045 and 046.
“Bargaining with the employers was productive and positive throughout negotiations,” said Agoto.
“The work these members do to ensure the health and well-being of thousands of Albertans every day was recognized early on in bargaining. These members are a highly-valued part of Alberta’s health care system,” said AUPE President Guy Smith.
Bargaining between the parties began in March. The employers are expected to ratify the agreements in mid-September.
AUPE represents nearly 80,000 working Albertans. Close to half work in public, not, for-profit and private, for-profit health care.
For more information:
Guy Smith, AUPE President: 780-265-2294 (cell)
Terry Agoto, AUPE Negotiator: 780-720-2226 (cell)
Tyler Bedford, AUPE Communications: 780-930-3406