HSAA was organized in 1971-1972 by 11 paramedical technical and professional members who were reluctant to become a minority group within one of the large, existing labour unions. Their particular training, certification, and professional ethics suggested they had a particular community of interest with other health-care workers and they decided to establish an independent union that would be subject to their control and direction.
George C. Hall was instrumental in the formation of HSAA and became its first executive director and was instrumental in helping it become the well-respected participant in Alberta’s labour scene that it is today.
In 1972, a group of paramedical technical employees at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton became the first bargaining unit represented by HSAA. The Canadian Red Cross was the first non-hospital bargaining unit, certified in 1974. The first private, for-profit employer unit was organized at Calgary Medical Laboratories in 1975 and in 1995, HSAA certified its first community health support unit at the Barons-Eureka-Warner Health Units.
Today, HSAA represents over 24,000 paramedical technical, paramedical professional and general support employees in more than 200 disciplines.