Members of the HSAA/NUPGE acknowledged the province`s tax situation and agreed not to accept salary increases in the first two years of the contract (April 1, 2017 to March 31, 2019). However, they were negotiating a wage increase for last year (April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020), with an arbitration procedure that was to be deadlocked in the case of these talks. The Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (Bill 9), which was passed on June 20, 2019 In law, Alberta`s 180,000 public service employees, represented by unions in 24 collective agreements, including the HSAA, were presented until August, when the “Janice MacKinnon Report and Recommendations: Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta`s Finance” was presented.   Community social services and private sector employees are subject to three separate agreements: the duration of the agreement is from 1 April 2017 to 31 March 2020. If you are unsure of the agreement that covers your job, please contact us. Highlights of this preliminary agreement include 100% coverage of Continuous Postive Pressure machines and changes to dental services in the final year of the contract, which will provide significantly greater coverage. In addition, significant progress has been negotiated in balancing work and private life, giving members greater flexibility in planning. The new collective agreement provides for improvements in the reconciliation of work and private life, working conditions and benefits. All HSA members in the public health sector are covered by one of three major collective contracts: Edmonton (March 27, 2018) – members of the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA/NUPGE), employed by Alberta Health Services (AHS), voted to ratify the interim agreement reached on February 24.
The interim agreement is now subject to approval by the AHS Board of Directors, which is scheduled to meet on March 26 and 27. In February 2020, consultant Ernst and Young presented his report to Prime Minister Kenney recommending “the allocation of operations, hospital catering services, budget management, laundry, security, laboratory testing.”  The HSAA warned that “the granting of an operation, a hospital food service, budget management, laundry, security, laboratory testing and more will result in greater results in the state coffers.”  [Notes 1] The HSAA stated that “the privatization of laboratory services in Alberta could involve 850 full-time jobs.”  The Government of the Conservative Party (UCP), led by Prime Minister Jason Kenney and Alberta Health Services, has informed the Alberta Health Sciences Association, United Nurses of Alberta and the Alberta Provincial Workers Association of the government`s intentions to cut “between 6,400 and 7,400 unionized public sector jobs” by 2023.  HSAA members include employees in Alberta`s public and private health sectors, such as “ambulances, laboratory technicians, psychologists, pharmacists and respiratory therapists.”  In February 2020, an independent public sector arbitrator opted for the provincial government and against the HSAA with a “zero percent pay increase” for HSAA employees.  In his February 6 statement, Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews stated that the UCP provincial government prioritized “the provision of services through salary increases for public service employees.”  In 1971, eleven “paramedic and professional members” created the HSAA to have a stronger representation than the existing major unions.  HSAA/NUPGE members had prioritized performance improvement and work-life balance, and the negotiating committee was proud of the results achieved in these areas.