Wages frozen at Alberta government

B.C. interior sawmills achieve pattern contract
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 05/24/2011

A respectable margin of 83 per cent of Alberta’s 21,000 provincial government employees voted in favour of a new collective agreement on March 12. Over 60 per cent of members voted.

In keeping with the province’s wage restraint policy, it offers only one four per cent increase over a 30-month term. In addition, there are two lump sums, one on ratification and the second at the end of 2011, totalling $3,000 per full-time employee.

Employee workload was a central issue for the union during bargaining and it achieved some improvement in that regard. The province will create a joint forum where “the provision of services and staffing requirements, situations where current employees and their work are moved to a non-broad public sector employer, and the utilization of temporary and wage employment” can be discussed.