Employers Tabled Massive Rollbacks
In the fall of 1987, UNA began hospital negotiations with the AHA and the Royal Alexandra Hospital at two bargaining tables. Both employers tabled massive takeaways, regressions and rollbacks. The last hospital strike in 1982 was followed by Bill 44 in 1983 which removed the legal right of hospital nurses to take strike action. UNA had negotiated Agreements covering 1984-85 and 1986-87 without recourse to strike action. The employers must have believed that UNA hospital nurses would not take illegal strike action, and that 1987 was the time to force concessions at the bargaining table.