This understanding allows them to continue to protect and care for Albertans, knowing they are protected. ~ Mike Parker, Chair of the HSAA The Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (Bill 9), which came into force on June 20, 2019, held wage arbitration hearings for Alberta 180,000 public service employees, Unions were represented in 24 collective agreements and delayed them. , including the HSAA, until August, when Janice MacKinnon was submitted to the “Report and Recommendations: Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta`s Finances”.   “It is unfortunate that we have not reached an agreement with the UNA to continue these agreements in exchange for an extension of the current job security provisions,” the Public Health Agency said. “While we believe we should continue to focus on our COVID-19 response, we accept the union`s response and will work with them to agree bargaining dates in the coming weeks. . . .