Negotiating team has pushed hard for meaningful changes
As reported in our last update, we continue to make progress at the bargaining table. When we met with the employer on June 1 and 2, 2022 your negotiating team worked very hard, and we were able to sign off on several articles and Letters of Understanding (LOUs).
Article 1: Term of Collective Agreement – 4 years - until 2024
Article 7: In-Service Programs and Professional Development – current language
Article 8: Probationary Period/Orientation – current language
Article 9: Seniority – removal of seniority language in 9.01(d) that allows AHS members to port their seniority over to Covenant Health
Article 12: Hours of Work – current language
Article 15: Notice of Subcontracting - current language
Article 18: Temporary Assignments - current language
Article 25: Sick Leave – see below
Article 27: Leave of Absence – see below
Article 28: Pension Plan – current language
Article 36: Health and Safety – amended to include Work Place Violence Prevention Strategies
Article 45: Professional Fees – reduction in hours required to be eligible for claiming professional fees from 809 hours down to 720 hours
LOU#6: Health Care Aide Classification – Deleted
Keeping in mind that none of these changes to the collective bargaining agreement take effect until we reach a tentative agreement, and that agreement is ratified by both members and the employer, we want to highlight two specific examples of the improvements we have been able to negotiate on your behalf:
25.07 (a) If an Employee requires time off for the purpose of attending a dental, physiotherapy, optical or medical appointment, provided the Employeehas been given prior authorization by the Employer, such absence shall be neither charged against their accumulated sick leave, nor shall the Employee suffer any loss of income provided such absence does not exceed two (2) hours during one (1) working day. If the absence is longer than two (2) hours, the whole period of absence shall be charged against their accumulated sick leave.
Leaves of Absences
27.08 (c) Personal Leave Days may be taken in half or full day increments based on a seven point seven-five (7.75) hour day.
Our next bargaining dates are scheduled for July 14 and 15, 2022 and we are optimistic that we will continue to make progress. Your negotiating team is committed to working hard and is determined to negotiate the collective bargaining agreement that you deserve. We will update you further after our next bargaining dates.
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Please contact a member of your negotiating team if you have any questions about this bargaining update.
AUPE NEGOTIATING TEAM – COVENANT HEALTH NURSING CARE
AUPE RESOURCE STAFF
Chris Dickson Negotiations
Kate Robinson Negotiations
Scott Drake Organizing
Christine Yargeau-Becker Organizing
Mimi Williams Communications