In a statement on its website on Friday, the HSAA said the agreement is accompanied by layoffs for the protection of HSAA until collective bargaining resumes. On 21 February, the UNA presented a comprehensive treaty proposal that addressed all the important concerns identified during negotiations on a new collective agreement in 2020, after little progress was made in January and February towards a new agreement. The AHS rejected this proposed Memorandum of Understanding. On Friday, Toews made a statement saying that the AHS and the Alberta Health Sciences Association had reached an agreement to extend collective bargaining until March 31, 2021. The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but both groups reached agreements to temporarily postpone negotiations during the pandemic. “The UNA believes that layoffs should be postponed until a new collective agreement is reached,” the statement reads. “AHS said it would not agree to postpone the layoffs until a new deal is reached.” These agreements contained provisions to delay dismissals. AHS`s latest offer contained and extended this provision until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all layoffs until a new agreement is reached. “The UNA believes that layoffs should be postponed until a new collective agreement is reached.” “It is simply not true that the UNA aspires to `indefinite job security,`” he said. “We have proposed that the current letter from Layoff-Letter of Understanding continue until a new collective agreement is reached.