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 review and renew its various members’ awards recognizing members making outstanding contributions in a number of areas, as they see fit; and

HSAA will approve the awards in time to publish the criteria and call for submissions in January 2020 so that these can be first awarded at convention in 2020.

Rationale:

  • HSAA’s members are doing amazing work within the union and within the broader community,
  • HSAA currently has only one recognition award for its members,
  • The work of HSAA members often goes unrecognized,
  • An important part of engaging members is recognizing their work.

Approved June 2019

 

HSAA will call on the federal government to legislate a comprehensive ban on any payments blood-products; and

HSAA will support the passage of Senate Bill S-252, the Voluntary Blood Donation Act, which would ban payments for blood and blood products; and

HSAA will support the expansion of plasma collection by the public, voluntary blood donation system that is managed by Canadian Blood Services on behalf of all Canadians.

Rationale:

  • the clearest conclusions of the Krever Inquiry into the tainted-blood scandal in Canada was that the best way to protect Canadians is a non-profit, volunteer-based blood system and the World Health Organization has come to the same conclusion; and
  • for-profit corporations have been granted licenses to operate by Health Canada in Saskatchewan and New Brunswick, which undermines the voluntary public blood systems in those provinces; and
  • until we have federal legislation banning paid plasma across Canada, the potential threats to our public system and the health of Canadians, identified by the Krever Inquiry, remain serious.

Approved June 2019