Alberta's largest union wants more workers in the province to be able to access compensation for post traumatic stress disorder.
The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees likes the Redford government's signature piece of legislation for the fall session, but wants it expanded.
Bill One would make it easier for police and firefighters to get Workers Compensation Board coverage for post traumatic stress disorder.
Jail guards, social workers and hospital emergency staff also have stressful jobs, said union president Guy Smith.
"Correctional peace officers who work in the correctional centres, social workers who work everyday on the front lines dealing with very, very traumatic situations and also workers who work in emergency departments or hospitals — all of these workers experience over time many traumatic events which do contribute to post traumatic stress disorder," he said.
Associate Human Services Minister Frank Oberle said the bill is aimed solely at first responders.
"We're talking about people that we expect to do this as a job day after day, hour after hour and it's a recognition of the incredible stress that they go through in serving us on our highways," he said. "But everybody is exposed to some level of stress and some level of trauma in their work."
Oberle is willing to listen to arguments in the house but has no plans on amending the bill, he said.