Month: June 2019

HSAA serves government with statement of claim

On June 27, 2019, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) served the Government of Alberta with a statement of claim, which you can see here. Essentially, we are claiming that the Government acted unconstitutionally when they delayed the date for arbitration on our wage re-opener in Bill 9 Public Sector Arbitration Deferral Act. HSAA, along with its president, Michael Parker, and South District board member, Jason Soklofske, have been named as the plaintiffs. Dan Scott of…

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President’s Message: Kenney begins attack on public service, just as we feared

It didn’t take long for Jason Kenney to begin his attack on the public service and other working people, just as we had feared. Within his first month of work, Kenney: Lowered the minimum wage for workers under the age of 18, as though their work is somehow less valuable than those they work alongside. Cancelled the new modern medical lab in Edmonton that was planned for by several previous governments, including former PC governments. At…

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Media Release: Cancellation of lab services puts profits ahead of patients

For Immediate Release June 20, 2019 “Against expert advice and any sort of fiscal common sense, Jason Kenney has cancelled the modern medical lab project that would have ensured Albertans have access to the testing that they need,” says Trudy Thomson, Vice-President of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA), which represents approximately 6,000 lab workers across the province. Thomson is a 40-year lab technologist in the Alberta system. “Lab testing is a critical part of…

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Calgary Herald: UCP deny allegations about cutting overtime for paramedics, EMS workers

This article was originally published by the Calgary Herald; you can view the original article here. Alberta Health Services has rejected a claim by NDP health critic David Shepherd that the provincial government has prohibited paramedics and EMS workers from working overtime, increasing the number of times that no ambulances are available to respond to calls. During a news conference Tuesday, Shepherd released documents indicating the UCP government has refused overtime hours for paramedics, resulting in…

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