The Union of Healthcare Professionals
The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) is a labour union representing 24,000 paramedical technical, professional and general support employees in the public and private health-care sectors of Alberta, Canada. HSAA maintains a head office in Edmonton and an office in Calgary.
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The provincial union representing paramedics, occupational therapists, laboratory technicians and other health workers is set to get a new leader for the first time in more than two decades. Elisabeth Ballermann, who has served as president of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta since 1995, will resign her position Aug. 20.
HSAA president Elisabeth Ballermann was elected today to the position of Secretary-Treasurer of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) to which HSAA is affiliated. NUPGE is one of the largest unions in Canada, representing more than 360,000 members. She will take up her new role on August 20 when she will relinquish her position as HSAA president.
Long-time Alberta labour leader and progressive activist Elisabeth Ballermann was today elected to a top position with the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE).
Even in this incredibly prosperous province of ours, we see that working Albertans on the lowest end of the economic spectrum are less healthy. They’re more likely to have less access to good quality food. They lead more stressful lives. They’re less likely to have the time and money to exercise. It’s harder for low-income people to make use of the public health-care system for preventative check-ups.
HSAA joins the world to unequivocally and utterly condemn the murders in Orlando, Florida. We add our voices to the grief of the families and friends, and our communities, particularly those in the LGBTQ community. The senseless, hateful violence against a segment of our communities must shock us all, whether it happens thousands of miles away or next door.