"HSAA is its members and your leadership remains committed to ensuring that your concerns about your working conditions are addressed on a daily basis," said Elisabeth Ballermann, President HSAA.
Edmonton (17 Dec. 2014) — The members of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) have voted 71% in favour of ratifying the tentative agreement with Alberta Health Services, Bethany Nursing Home in Camrose and Lamont Health Care Centre.
Alberta Health Services also ratified the agreement on December 15, 2014. Retro pay and lump sum payments can be expected to be delivered by March 15, 2015.
President congratulates and thanks team
Elisabeth Ballermann, President of HSAA expressed the union's "gratitude to the bargaining team including Laurel Jackson (chair), Nichole Blake, Kathie Bzdel, Donna Farquharson, Melissa Field, Kelly Garland, Laura Hahn, Diane Lowe, Michael Parker and Cindy Wilson. They were guided by Chief Spokesperson Wendy Gilholm, Assistant Chief Spokesperson Kevin Partridge and Administrative Assistant Sheena Ruttan. Marnie Stuart and Dave Chipchura, along with a host of others, also contributed during the course of preparation and nine months of negotiation.
There continues to be much work to be done with this employer. HSAA is its members and your leadership remains committed to ensuring that your concerns about your working conditions are addressed on a daily basis."
Already preparing for next round
Ballermann said that "work has already begun to prepare for our next round of bargaining, largely based on your comments in these past several weeks. Many of the gains we realized this round were the result of several rounds of bargaining and those things we were not able to achieve will be the starting points next round.
In the meantime, we will ensure that the employer lives up to the commitments they've made in this agreement."
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE