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Covenant Health members sign new MOAs for isolation pay and more

Bargaining update for AUPE members working for Covenant Health General Support Services and Nursing Care.

Feb 03, 2021

Covenant Health members sign new MOAs for isolation pay and more

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Your Covenant Health Negotiating Teams have negotiated new Memorandum of Agreement (MOAs) with the employer. These new agreements provide COVID-19 isolation pay, including retroactive pay, and more to compensate you for your hard work and dedication throughout the pandemic. 

All Albertans have been affected by COVID-19. AUPE members, including you and your Covenant Health co-workers, have stepped up to help Albertans persevere despite the challenges we've faced. We wish the employer had agreed to support you better earlier in the pandemic, but the benefits of this new agreement should help Covenant Health GSS and Nursing Care members moving forward. 

Download a copy of the signed General Support Services Memorandum of Agreement. 

Download a copy of the signed Nursing Care Memorandum of Agreement. 

Both agreements will stay in effect until March 31, 2021. 

What’s in the new Memorandums of Agreement 

You will now receive paid leave if you are forced to quarantine due to COVID-19. Additionally, if you took sick time to quarantine between now and July 6, 2020, you can ask your manager for payment for these sick days or to get the sick days back. To do this you must show the specific shifts you took off for quarantine. This pay is not available to members who returned from non-essential travel and had to quarantine. 

The rest of the good news in the new Memorandums of Agreement include:  

  • One day of paid leave for you to care for an ill or isolating family member, or a child affected by school and daycare closures. After that one day, vacation or unpaid leave is an option to continue fulfilling these duties.  

  • One hour of pay for members who attend vaccine appointments outside of work hours.  

  • For members with multiple jobs but restricted to working at one site, the employer will give you the opportunity to make up for missed shifts with more shifts either remotely or on-site, and if that isn’t possible provide paid leave. The employer will also make an extra effort to offer additional shifts.  

  • Because of the pandemic and its negative effect on our mental health and stress, all reasonable efforts will be made to allow members to take short breaks from work, including vacation and personal leave days.  

  • A new process for member redeployment to other worksites, including orientation and your regular pay. 

  • The possibility of more work offered to casual and temporary staff to help with the fight against the pandemic.  

COVID-19 isn’t over yet. Remember to stay safe and look out for each other. If your manager refuses to approve any of the benefits provided by the new Memorandums of Agreement, please contact one of your negotiating team members. 

Covenant Health GSS Negotiating Team 

Lorie Christenson, 
Corey Kucher, 
Christee Langkamp, 

Covenant Health Nursing Care Negotiating Team 

Kathy Bandmann, 
Bev Hill, 
Mary Watson, 
Laura Johnstone, 

AUPE Resource Staff 

Chris Dickson, Negotiator - 
Madelaine Sommers, Organizer - 
Trevor Zimmerman, Organizer - 
Mimi Williams, Communications - 

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