So here`s the only restriction, once I get Grade 9, the only pay increases I`ll get will come from the annual increases that the unions are talking about. Currently, members of my union receive 1% per year (plus a $1,000 package). After year 9, I will have reached my increases of steps to the maximum, the incentive to stay will be on leave (5 days for every 5 years), I currently have 4 weeks off. Do I need these annual increases? Perhaps we should increase the cost of living, but not the 2 to 5% increases we have received in the past. The HSAA is a union representing more than 27,000 paramedics, professionals and public and private health officers in the province. Finance Minister Travis Toews issued an explosive press release on Thursday afternoon accusing an Alberta nurses` union of orchestrating a „cross-cutting and unsustainable demand for indeterminate job security,“ which he called a „shameful effort to exploit a health crisis.“ To understand the true cost of a unionized worker, I will give you a breakdown of my salary and all the other employer benefits of my last year (taken from the last cheque, the salary is a little different, only because of these increases during the salary year). There has been a lot of talk about the provincial budget, the AUPE unions, the backtracking, etc. I thought it would be better to reveal some of the things that the union does not mention in its advertisements. „This is a significant improvement over the employers` initial proposal to pay one week`s pay for each year of service to a maximum of 26 weeks,“ the union said. „This letter of understanding does not include any members employed by Covenant Health. They are currently studying a separate program that can be accepted for Covenant employees. Yesterday (April 23), the Alberta Health Sciences Association (HSAA), the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) negotiated an agreement with alberta Health Services (AHS) that sets out the parameters for this temporary redeployment of staff.