Deal includes pay increases of 4.25% over 4 years.
EDMONTON – The Health Sciences Association of Alberta announced today that their members employed by Alberta Health Services voted 85% to accept a tentative agreement reached in late June. The new agreement covers the term April 1, 2020 through March 31, 2024.
“HSAA members are health care professionals who are there for Albertans in their most critical times,” said Vice President Leanne Alfaro, who was also the Chair of the bargaining committee. “Never has that been made clearer than through COVID-19. Despite the gains in this agreement, we feel this government and AHS still have a long way to go to fully express the appreciation that our members deserve for their sacrifices.”
HSAA feels that, in spite of heavy government interference at the bargaining table, they were able to achieve a number of important gains for their members including increases of 1% retroactive to October 1, 2021, 1.25% on September 1, 2022 and 2% on April 1, 2023 for all members covered by this agreement. The Employer had initially proposed wage rollbacks for almost half of the members.
The agreement also included important progress on benefits and other work/life balance provisions.
“Bargaining fair Collective Agreements is perhaps the most important thing we do on behalf of our membership,” add Mike Parker, President. “We are pleased that our members overwhelmingly supported the hard work of our committee. At the same time, work on our next round has already begun.”
This agreement covers approximately 20,000 of HSAA’s 29,000 members.