May 13, 2022
EDMONTON — Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Union of Provincial Employee (AUPE) Auxiliary Nursing (AN) have ratified a new collective agreement.
The four-year agreement expires on March 31, 2024, and sets out the terms and conditions for the more than 18,000 auxiliary nursing staff who play a critical role in our healthcare system.
AHS is pleased to reach a positive outcome based on the mediator’s recommendations, which reflects the current economic environment as well as the critical role our auxiliary nursing staff have played and the challenges they have faced throughout the pandemic.
The new collective agreement includes modest increases over four years. In addition, AHS and AUPE-AN have agreed to work together in an effort to address recruitment and retention of auxiliary nursing staff to remote and rural communities in Alberta.
AHS is in mediation with Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) and AUPE-General Support Services on the collective agreements.
“We are grateful to our AHS Board and to AUPE-AN members for voting in favour of this positive outcome”, says Mauro Chies, Interim AHS President and CEO. “This would not have been possible without the dedication of the negotiation teams who have worked tirelessly over the past several months to reach an agreement. We extend our thanks to all of our auxiliary nursing staff and the healthcare teams they work with for their exceptional work and dedication to serving Albertans.”
AHS is the provincial health authority responsible for planning and delivering health supports and services for more than four million adults and children living in Alberta. Its mission is to provide a patient-focused, quality health system that is accessible and sustainable for all Albertans.