Wages frozen at Alberta governmentB.C. interior sawmills achieve pattern contractBy Gordon Sova05/23/2011|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. To Read the Full Story, Subscribe or Sign In Remember Me Forgot Password If you are a current Subscriber, please click here to set-up or update your login information.