“HSAA/NUPGE has a strong track record of working with employers to create better and fairer workplaces." — Mike Parker, HSAA President
Edmonton (09 Oct. 2018) — Health care professionals working at one of Alberta’s largest Primary Care Networks have voted to join Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), the union of health care professionals.
Health care workers join HSAA/NUPGE looking for wage parity
“Employees of the Mosaic Primary Care Network in Calgary approached HSAA/NUPGE earlier this year asking if we could represent them. The Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) released the results of voting by the employees,” said Mike Parker, President of HSAA, which represents about 26,000 health care professionals.
“We’re delighted to say that they voted in favour of joining HSAA/NUPGE. We’re also delighted that we will now help these 149 employees in this new bargaining unit in their quest for fair wages and a better workplace,” he says.
“These employees asked for our help because they were concerned about receiving lower rates of pay than others working in the health care sector and because they had not received a wage increase in 3 years. They told us they wanted a voice in the workplace," said Parker.
Creating optimum conditions for patients and workers
“HSAA/NUPGE has a strong track record of working with employers to create better and fairer workplaces. We’re confident we can work with Mosaic to create optimum conditions for providing the best care for patients while respecting the rights and needs of the employees,” he continued.
HSAA/NUPGE believes Mosaic to be the first unionized PCN in Alberta. It serves more than 300,000 Albertans at 6 locations in Calgary.
Established in 2003 through the Primary Care Initiative, Alberta now has 41 PCNs, involving more than 3,800 physicians and the full-time equivalent of more than 1,000 health care providers. PCNs provide services to close to 3.6 million Albertans.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 390,000 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