Strike mandate also renewed in case of rejection by county
Edmonton (13 June 2007) - Ambulance employees in Flagstaff County, represented by the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new contract proposal.
The proposed settlement was recommended by Andrew Sims, the head of a Disputes Inquiry Board (DIB). The Alberta government appointed the board after the employees served strike notice in early March.
"Our members have spoken with a strong voice," says HSAA president Elisabeth Ballermann.
"It's now time for the county to do the right thing and ratify the proposed settlement. The contract is comparable to other first agreements in the ambulance sector. While we did not get everything we wanted, this contract is a foundation we can build on in the future," Ballermann adds.
While voting for the proposed deal, the employees also renewed their strike mandate by an overwhelming margin. If the county should reject the proposal, HSAA says it will exercise the mandate and serve strike notice. So far, HSAA has had no indication from the county that it intends to accept the proposal. NUPGE