Bargaining Update - AHS GSS (January 19, 2016)

On Jan. 14 and 15 your bargaining committee met in Edmonton.

On Jan. 14 we reviewed and prioritized outstanding bargaining issues to prepare for mediation, which occurred Jan. 15, and interest arbitration, which is scheduled for Feb. 16 to 20.

On Jan. 15 both parties continued to work with Mr. Sims in mediation and signed off an additional 12 outstanding articles and letters of understanding. Some signed off articles and letters represent an improvement to your collective agreement. These include:

  • Changing special leave to personal leave in the future
  • Clearly specifying the amount of travel so extra bereavement can be granted on a consistent basis
  • Clarification on the definition of Union Stewards to reflect the growing training and role of Stewards in the workplace

Our focus now is on preparing for interest arbitration.

Interest arbitration is similar to most formal legal proceedings. Your bargaining team and many AUPE staff are now actively writing and finalizing the gathering of all evidence that will be used to best represent your outstanding priorities.

The actual hearing is expected to take the full four days in February. Given we’ve been able to significantly narrow the number of outstanding items in dispute, we are hopeful arbitration will be relatively straight forward and focus on economic evidence and other settlements achieved with AHS and the broader labour market. We are optimistic an award can be issued as soon as reasonably possible following the hearings.

MLA contact campaign

From Jan. 4-7, AHS GSS members participated in a phone campaign that asked fellow GSS members to contact their government MLA to inform them of the current state of bargaining, and to ask them to bring up our issues at their next government caucus meeting.

Next communications

Many of you have waited patiently for this process to yield a collective agreement. Given we are moving to a formal preparation stage, we will not have much to report on until after the interest arbitration hearing.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact a member of your bargaining committee.

Your bargaining committee:

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

Local 054

Nancy Woods

Melanie Thompson

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