All HSA members in the public health sector are covered by one of three major collective agreements: the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (Bill 9), which was in law on June 20. 2019, suspended and delayed salary arbitration hearings for Alberta 180,000 public service employees who were represented by unions in 24 collective agreements included the HSAA until August, when Janice MacKinnon`s “Report and Recommendations” was presented.   “HSAA states that DynaLife does not respect the most basic collective rights of hundreds of workers. HSAA is therefore looking for a number of remedies reserved for the most egregious violations of the code. Community social services and private sector employees are subject to three separate agreements: “DynaLife does not respect the most basic collective rights of hundreds of workers.” “Collective bargaining is not a game. Workers` rights to collective bargaining are not only protected by the Alberta Employment Standards Code (ESSA) but, as we now know, by the Constitution. Systems to undermine these rights are contrary to the principles and objectives of the code and cannot be tolerated. “At the beginning of collective bargaining, DynaLife made rejection proposals. Their proposals were aimed at removing the existing collective agreement from the most fundamental features found in almost every collective agreement in our province,” said Mr. Johnston.
In 1971, eleven “paramedic and professional members” created the HSAA to have a stronger representation than the existing major unions.  HSAA states that discussions have also been fruitless on other key issues, including full-time equivalency positions (TDRs) and temporary detachments. HSAA members are employees in Alberta`s public and private health sectors, such as “ambulance, laboratory technicians, psychologists, pharmacists and respiratory therapists.”  “Unfortunately, the additional bargaining sessions were unsuccessful, only two out of 40 articles had accepted,” the union said. 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 complaint was filed with the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) after a resumption of five-day negotiations turned out to be “nothing more than a calculated and deliberate waste of time on the part of the employer,” says Craig Johnston, HSAA negotiator. The United Conservative Party (UCP) government, led by Premier Jason Kenney and Alberta Health Services, has informed the Alberta Health Sciences Association, United Nurses of Alberta and the Alberta Provincial Employees Union of the government`s intentions to “eliminate between 6,400 and 7,400 unionized public sector jobs by 2023.”  The Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA) is a union in Alberta, Canada.  If you are unsure of the agreement that covers your job, contact us. Edmonton (April 20, 2009) – The Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA/NUPGE) has filed a bad faith complaint against DynaLife Dx for failing to participate in “sincere and productive” contract negotiations.