The smiles on the faces of patients and their families make the long days and hard work in Ecuador worth it. In Ecuador, there is a financial cost to medical care, one that many cannot afford. It is both rewarding and humbling to use their skills to help those people truly in need.
New collective agreement includes improvements to work/life balance, working conditions and benefits.
“HSAA/NUPGE will be keeping a close eye on where that money is spent to ensure it goes to the frontlines where it’s needed.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
"Far too often across the province there are no ambulances to respond when emergency calls come in...Imagine what would happen if there was a large-scale emergency.” — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“The tentative agreement brings some real improvements to work-life balance issues for our members, and some improvements to benefits for which we’ve been advocating for many years." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
The Mustard Seed has been serving people experiencing poverty and homelessness in Alberta since the 1980s.
“By creating a subsidiary entity of Alberta Health Services (AHS) covering lab services province-wide, this government has created a further division in public health care in Alberta." — Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President, and laboratory technologist
“The legislation is a significant step towards improving workplaces. Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) and the labour movement have been fighting for changes like these for many years. This is a day to celebrate.” Trudy Thomson, HSAA Vice-President
“The Finance Minister pledged to both protect frontline services and impose a hiring freeze. These 2 actions are incompatible." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
“The number of events that led to emergency calls has increased nearly 36 per cent since 2009, while the population of Alberta has increased by more than 15 per cent. Yet, we have virtually the same number of ambulances." — Mike Parker, HSAA President