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AHS proposing wage freeze, then modest salary increase for Alberta nurses

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EDMONTON, AB – The province’s nurses are no longer being asked to take a pay cut, at least according to the Alberta government.

Alberta Health Services has issued a revised labour proposal to the United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) in the hope reaching a new collective agreement.

In a written statement, Finance Minister Travis Toews says this proposal from AHS is a long-term contract for Alberta nurses. It includes a wage freeze for the first three years and a modest salary increase in years four and five.

Nurses had previously been asked to take a pay cut so the province could get its finances back on track, however it appears the government is now singing a different tune.

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Toews says this new proposal acknowledges the hard work and dedication of Alberta’s nurses, while respecting the tough fiscal situation the province is in.

“There are still a number of items that need to be negotiated, including the twice yearly lump sum payments that do not exist in any other nursing contract in Canada. However, I’m hopeful the two sides will continue to work together to reach a fair and reasonable deal when formal mediation begins on September 21,” Toews said Wednesday in a statement sent to media.

In response, the UNA says on Twitter this proposal represents progress in negotiations, however still includes, “several serious rollbacks”. The union maintains there is a proposal that would amount to an immediate 2% pay cut for UNA members.

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Patrick Siedlecki

Pat has been a mainstay in the CJOC News department from the time the station launched in 2007. He’s been in the position of News Director since then and has been anchoring daily news casts as well as reporting and working behind the scenes.

Community is important to him and keeping CJOC listeners and readers informed about what’s happening across southern Alberta and beyond.

Pat has been in radio broadcasting for the past 24 years, starting in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island in 1997 and then moving up island to Nanaimo for another few years before heading to Lethbridge in 2007.

Pat grew up in the small Saskatchewan farming town of Foam Lake. After high school, he went to Western Academy Broadcasting College (WABC) in Saskatoon prior to moving to the island.

Pat also spent several years broadcasting hockey in the BCHL as well as seven years as the radio voice of the Lethbridge Hurricanes in the WHL.

Pat has been working at Cornerstone Funeral Home in Lethbridge as a Certified Life Celebrant and Funeral Assistant since 2016.

News and sports have always been Pat’s passion from the time he was a teenager and he’s always been grateful to have had the opportunity to make that part of what’s been a fun and long radio career!

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