Dear Local 115 Member,
We would like to give you an update on contract negotiations, and extend an invitation for you to join us at a member appreciation dinner.
The Negotiating Committee met with AHS on September 26 & 27. The parties had a discussion of non-monetary items. UNA tabled a new proposal intended to address the recently announced possible changes to Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP) proposed by the provincial government. The Redford government is proposing to remove the “85 factor” for early retirement, and eliminate guaranteed cost-of-living increases to name a few changes to LAPP. These changes to LAPP are completely unnecessary. AHS made minor amendments to their contract proposals in Articles 15 (Layoff and Recall) but massive rollbacks remain. Agreement was reached on minor changes to Article 2 (Definitions) and Article 12 (Seniority). Next bargaining dates are October 22, 23 and 24. Future dates include November 6 & 7, November 26 & 27, December 5 & 6. We will keep you updated as things progress. The current Collective Agreement remains in effect (including the Lump Sum payment).
The Local is hosting a member appreciation/Thanksgiving dinner on October 15th. As our way of saying thank you for supporting UNA, please join us for dinner to meet fellow UNA activists and get to know more about UNA. We will be having a guest speaker from the United Way to talk about the work they do to help those in need in our community. This is also an excellent opportunity to become more involved with UNA, as we need to stick together and support one another during some of the most massive contract regressions being sought by AHS for several decades. If you would like to attend, please RSVP by responding to this email. Seating is limited, and is on a first-come, first-served basis. We hope to see you there!
If you are not able to attend the dinner, but still want to know more about UNA or become more involved, we hold monthly membership meetings the 2nd Wednesday of every month (except July and August) at 4pm in the Auditorium at FMC. Our Local 115 Annual General Meeting is on December 11th from 4-7pm and will include a guest speaker. You can also give us a call at 403-670-9960 or create an account on our secure UNANet server by visiting http://una.ab.ca/unanet to view members-only information and network with UNA members across the province.
The Local 115 Executive Team
Kevin Champagne – President
Kathleen Hamnett – Vice-President
Ruth Duffy – Secretary
Cameron Westhead – Treasurer