Update on Essential Services Agreement negotiations
During discussions last year with the independent mediator assigned to these bargaining units, the Employer raised the idea of consolidating the various Auxiliary Nursing Care agreements (Calgary, CollegeSide, Airdrie, Cochrane, Sylvan Lake, Didsbury, and Harvest Hills) into one Master Agreement and the two General Support Services (GSS) agreements into another Master Agreement. The Employer subsequently expressed interest in adding our three most recent ANC certifications at Bethany Riverview, Sundre Seniors’ Supportive Living and Mount View Lodge to the ANC Master Agreement. You can read a copy of the letter from the Employer here.
Your negotiating teams reviewed the Employer’s proposal and, after much consideration, unanimously agreed to bargain together for two Master Agreements, one for ANC and one for GSS. Given that a lot of effort has gone into standardizing the Bethany agreements in previous rounds of bargaining, your negotiating teams agreed with the Employer’s position that consolidation made sense.
This will not change the size or composition of your current negotiating teams, nor will it change the negotiating process. Each committee will retain their autonomy with respect to making recommendations about a tentative agreement at their respective worksites. It is anticipated that there will be appendices attached to the Master Agreements to accommodate any site-specific language found to be necessary.
Auxiliary Nursing Care
At our first mediation meeting for ANC on March 7th, 2023, the Employer tabled their first draft proposal for the ANC Master Agreement. Your ANC negotiating teams met again on Mar. 20 to review the Employer’s proposal and we have mediation dates scheduled for Mar. 23 and 24.
In the meantime, the parties met with the Essential Services Commissioner on March 22nd to discuss the staffing levels the parties agreed to in the Essential Services Agreement (ESA). We will update you once the Commissioner has given direction.
General Support Services
The ESAs for Bethany Airdrie and Calgary GSS were reviewed by the Essential Services Commissioner on Mar. 10 and have been accepted for filing. Alberta Labour Relations legislation requires that the parties file an ESA with the Commissioner before they can apply for formal mediation under Section 65 of the Labour Relations Code for assistance in reaching a collective agreement or before either party can proceed towards a strike vote or a lockout.
As of our last mediation meetings we would like to report that the Employer has tabled their first monetary package listed below. We now have a comprehensive working document for the consolidation of the ANC Agreements and the GSS Agreements.
Your negotiating team is scheduled to attend in-person caucus meetings on May 1 and May 4 to review. In-person mediation has been scheduled for May 8 and May 9 at the Calgary Office.
Please note the negotiating teams have made no decisions on the Employer monetary offer at this time and it will be dealing with it with at our next caucus meetings.
ANC monetary proposal
- 1% general wage increase to Appendix A – Salaries Schedules retroactive to October 1, 2021;
- 1.25% general wage increase to Appendix A – Salaries Schedules retroactive to September 1, 2022;
- 2% general wage increase to Appendix A – Salaries Schedules effective April 1, 2023;
- Match Alberta Health Services basic hourly wage rates in the new ANC consolidated agreement effective the date of ratification.
Wage grid alignment
An Employee shall not suffer a reduction in their basic rate of pay as a result of the implementation of the salary schedule in Appendix A that is effective the date of ratification. This applies to the following Employees as of the date of ratification:
- Employees at Step 6 in the Certified Health Care Aide, Occupational Therapy Aide, and Recreation Assistant classifications;
- Employees at Bethany – Airdrie and Bethany – Cochrane at Steps 2, 3, 4, and 5 in the Licensed Practical Nurse classification; and
- Employees at Bethany – Airdrie and Bethany – Cochrane at Step 6 in the Licensed Practical Nurse classification, unless the Employee qualifies to move to Step 8.
An Employee whose basic rate of pay exceeds the basic rate of pay for the wage step of their classification as of the date of ratification shall have their basic rate of pay maintained until they receive an increment to the next wage step, or they transfer to a new classification.
- 1% general wage increase to Appendix A – Salaries Schedules retroactive to April 1, 2019;
- 2% general wage increase to Appendix A – Salaries Schedules effective April 1, 2023.
Align the Bethany – Calgary and Bethany – Airdrie rates in a consolidated GSS agreement effective the date of ratification by providing the following adjustments:
- Bethany Airdrie – Clerk / Receptionist and Rehabilitation Aide Step 2 increases by $0.54 per hour to $19.92
- Bethany Calgary – Maintenance Worker I Step 1 increases by $0.01 to $18.39
Upcoming Annual General Meetings
- Harvest Hills Local 048/004 (ANC)
Mar. 31, 2023. 2:15 PM – 3:45 PM
Bethany Harvest Hills – Family Dining Room
- Cochrane Local 048/002 (ANC)
Apr. 11, 2023. 4:00 PM
- Calgary Local 048/003 (ANC & GSS)
Apr. 12, 2023. 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
AUPE Calgary Office – Lethbridge Room
AUPE NEGOTIATING TEAMS – BETHANY CARE SOCIETY
Airdrie ANC (048/001)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-837-2708
email@example.com or 403-874-0076
Airdrie GSS (048/001)
Calgary ANC (048/003)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-460-8161
email@example.com or 587-216-3936
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-836-4071
Calgary GSS (048/003)
Dobbs email@example.com or 403-646-3048
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-978-8935
Harvest Hills ANC (048/004)
email@example.com or 403-590-9711
Mai Fang Tian
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-397-3796
email@example.com or 403-590-4884
Red Deer (048/021)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-872-3718
email@example.com or 825-706-2770
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-307-3280
Sylvan Lake (048/025)
email@example.com or 403-391-6607
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-505-8924
email@example.com or 587-447-7117
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-808-2713
email@example.com or 587-436-3927
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-586-3824
email@example.com or 403-439-0191
Mount View Lodge - Olds (048/042)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-438-0001
Tess (Maria Teresa) Mcallister
email@example.com or 403-438-0051
firstname.lastname@example.org or 587-444-0113
Sundre Seniors’ Supportive Living (048/042)
email@example.com or 403-559-8493
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-895-0784
email@example.com or 403-586-0323
Riverview ANC (048/048)
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-620-0885
email@example.com or 403-460-1636
firstname.lastname@example.org or 403-926-3379
AUPE RESOURCE STAFF
James Mitchell, Negotiations