Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling is issuing a statement of support for striking health-care workers around Alberta:
“When workers decide that they have no choices left but to take this kind of job action, we need to listen to them and their concerns.
This spontaneous labour action is a direct response to government decisions to cut, gut and privatize public health care. Alberta’s teachers stand in solidarity with public sector workers across the province in defence of quality public services.
When the government and Alberta Health Services decided to cut 11,000 jobs—in the middle of a pandemic—they left these workers with no other choice. These heroes, at their own personal risk, have been standing up for us and fighting the pandemic head-on, and they deserve support and encouragement instead of disrespect and the threats of job losses. We stand with them.”
—ATA president Jason Schilling
President Schilling is encouraging ATA locals and members to show support for individual health-care workers during their off-duty time by visiting their job sites and bringing food and refreshments.
The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its 46,000 members.