“Over the last year, frontline health care workers and support staff in our province have fought tirelessly to help combat the COVID-19 pandemic and keep Albertans safe. I’m thankful for their efforts, and I know all Albertans are, too.
“In order to ensure all resources were focused on the pandemic response, AHS offered an additional bargaining extension which would have provided continued job security, isolation pay, additional paid leave and other benefits for its health care employees.
“It’s disappointing to see that AUPE has turned down the COVID supports and protections for its members and is instead wanting AHS to shift its focus away from the pandemic and to their labour demands.
“We’ll remain focused on what matters most to all Albertans – our continued response to the pandemic and the rollout of our vaccination program.”