Look here the thing is part of the AHS, during the X years (differences for each position or union) I receive an annual increase in pay, in addition to a salary increase. You can check out these step increases here AUPE, HSAA, UNA. This seems to be a fairly normal union agreement. On the other hand, we could be like the United Kingdom and lay off a large part of our unionized employees for less skilled free market workers. It only has the effect that hospital staff work harder for less money and have negative effects on patients` health. But it`s cheaper! Here`s my situation, I started with AHS in 2010. My starting salary was $36.xx/hour. For an annual salary of about $73,000. Four years later, my salary is $46.xx/h for a salary of $93,000.
So in 4 years, because of the increase in steps, plus annual increases, my salary has increased by $20,000! I had two annual increases, one on my birthday and the other on April 1. Personally, I love it, but as a taxpayer, I realize that it is a bit ridiculous. To understand the true cost of a unionized worker, I will give you a breakdown of my salary and all the other employer benefits of my last year (taken from the last cheque, the salary is a little different, only because of these increases during the salary year). I no longer live in Calgary, but during the 6 years I spent there, I tripled/quadrupled my starting salary. Different (but gradually improved) roles, but different sectors. So here`s the only restriction, once I get Grade 9, the only pay increases I`ll get will come from the annual increases that the unions are talking about. Currently, members of my union receive 1% per year (plus a $1,000 package). After year 9, I will have reached my increases of steps to the maximum, the incentive to stay will be on leave (5 days for every 5 years), I currently have 4 weeks off. Do I need these annual increases? Perhaps we should increase the cost of living, but not the 2 to 5% increases we have received in the past. Certainly not an angry trade unionist, I have never really interacted with them, and the $700 they take in union fees is a small percentage of my salary. I`m pretty comfortable with what you`re doing and how your salary is increasing with La Tenure. The stability of health care and the decrease in the number of people would be less numerous for many reasons.
I haven`t exhausted my salary yet. It`s going to happen in Grade 9, where I`m going to make almost $110,000. This does not include all the benefits paid by employers and, until then, we will have another collective agreement that will increase that maximum salary (and therefore my maximum salary).