Position Statements

The Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA) is a trade union affiliated with the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and its subordinate bodies – the Alberta Federation of Labour (AFL) and the various District Labour Councils across Alberta. We hold to be true a set of values based in social democracy, social and environmental justice. These values guide us in taking positions on issues that arise on an ongoing basis.

Our position statements flow from our values, mission statement and strategic plan, that are the basic rationale for each.

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HSAA will coordinate training for stewards, health and safety representatives, and staff on domestic and intimate partner violence at work and

HSAA will continue to work to develop collective bargaining language for dedicated paid domestic and intimate partner violence leave, workplace supports and training and workplace safety policies and

HSAA will provide support to organizations that assist people escaping domestic and intimate partner violence.

HSAA will continue to lobby all levels of government to provide services and funding to ensure shelters and transition houses have appropriate funding, and that affordable housing and community supports are available for people escaping domestic and intimate partner violence.

Rationale:

  • We do not yet have enough members and staff trained at a level to appropriately provide assistance to and advocate on behalf of members experiencing domestic violence at work; and
  • The leave currently offered for workers escaping domestic violence is unpaid, making it inaccessible to many; and
  • Domestic violence continues to threaten tens of thousands of Albertans each year, primarily women and children; and
  • Thousands of women and children continue to be turned away from emergency shelter every year due to a lack of capacity.

Approved, as amended, at Convention May 2019