After a one-day wildcat strike last month, AUPE and Alberta Health Services have worked out a tentative contract. The details include:
* 3.0% increases in each year of the three-year deal
* shift premium improvements
* a health spending account of $600 per year
* additional vacation
* changes in language around layoffs, recall, hours of work and classification disputes.
In the context of bargaining in Alberta, this looks like a reasonable deal, with the first year being retro. It validates the utility of illegal strikes in embarrassing the government into moving. And this also established a useful template for the Health Sciences Association contract which is still being negotiated.
-- Bob Barnetson