Below you will find links to union organizations whose services may be of benefit to Therapy Assistants and Association members.
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees is Alberta’s largest union, representing over 95,000 Albertans who work in government, health care, education, boards and agencies, municipalities and private companies. The majority of AUPE’s members work in the public sector.
CUPE Alberta: Who we are and what we do
CUPE Alberta is a union of over 36,000 members province wide working together for better wages and working conditions, strong public services and a prosperous economy that is enjoyed by all Albertans.
CUPE members are proud to provide services in our communities as we work toward a better society, a better standard of living and safe working conditions for all. Through education, communications and action, CUPE Alberta will work to inspire and mobilize our members.
Public services and the people who provide them
CUPE members provide the services that keep Alberta communities strong, healthy and vibrant. CUPE Alberta is the union organization that supports public sector workers on the job, in the political arena and in the community.
CUPE represents employees in the municipal, school board, health care, post-secondary education and not-for-profit sectors among many others.
Health Sciences Association of Alberta (HSAA)
HSAA was organized in 1971-1972 by 11 paramedical technical and professional members who were reluctant to become a minority group within one of the large, existing labour unions. Their training, certification, and professional ethics suggested they had a unique community of interest with other health-care workers and they decided to establish an independent union that would be subject to their control and direction.
George C. Hall was instrumental in the formation of HSAA and became its first executive director. His efforts were critical in helping it become the well-respected participant in today’s Alberta’s labour scene.
In 1972, a group of paramedical technical employees at the Misericordia Hospital in Edmonton became the first bargaining unit represented by HSAA. The Canadian Red Cross was the first non-hospital bargaining unit, certified in 1974. The first private, for-profit employer unit was organized at Calgary Medical Laboratories in 1975 and in 1995, HSAA certified its first community health support unit at the Barons-Eureka-Warner Health Units.
In 2003, HSAA became the Alberta component of the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE), a federation of public service unions from across Canada. Through this affiliation, HSAA joined the Canadian Labour Congress that represents more than 3.3 million workers and the Alberta Federation of Labour representing workers in Alberta. We are also actively involved with the various District Labour Councils in Alberta.
Our current president, Mike Parker, shifted into his role in August of 2016 after 21-year President, Elisabeth Ballermann, resigned her position to become Secretary-Treasurer of NUPGE. Trudy Thomson took over the office of Vice President just weeks later. They lead the 18-member team called the Board of Directors, the elected representatives of the membership from five districts.
Today, HSAA represents approximately 26,000 paramedical technical, paramedical professional and general support employees in more than 240 health-care disciplines.