Edmonton (10 Oct. 2014) — Faced with a crisis in health care, Jim Prentice's Conservative government appears to be planning to cut the quality of emergency care and attack front-line workers, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE) said on October 8.
"If AHS and the government can't handle routine negotiations, how can Albertans have any faith in them being able to tackle the health-care crisis in this province as exemplified by the lack of long-term care beds and the resulting emergency room delays?" — Elisabeth Ballermann, HSAA President.
Eighty-one per cent say that morale is worse across Alberta.
"The public needs to connect the dots between the broken provincial revenue system and the broken Misericordia Hospital." — Michael Parker, HSAA Vice-President Human Resources.
Elisabeth Ballermann, President of Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA/NUPGE), has written the members that while she is encouraged by news that government is backing away from pension changes warns that members to keep up the fight.
“These proposed laws are a blatant violation of Canadians' fundamental rights to freedom of association and expression as contained in Canada's Charter. Equally offensive is the undemocratic way the Redford government introduced the legislation and the dictatorial process by which it intends to pass the two anti-union laws.”
"We know that the provincial economy has been doing well, yet the wealth is still shared by a minority. You see the richest 1% in Alberta making 18 times more than the bottom 90%. This is categorically unfair." — James Clancy, NUPGE National President.
Quality public services are vital to the health of our communities.
Alberta Labour Relations Board rules against AUPE's application to take over bargaining rights.
Shows strong correlation between unions and better wages, improved workplace safety, and greater equality.