But with a public service agreement, these agreements may soon follow and include a season of negotiation in the public sector, sometimes in political danger for the PND. AUPE also negotiated with the government an agreement on essential services required by legislation introduced in 2016 by the NDP in response to court decisions, including one by the Supreme Court of Canada, which declared general strike bans in the public sector unconstitutional. We can also be very sure that Premier Rachel Notley`s government is breathing a modest sigh of relief at reaching an agreement with this group of workers that often serves as an ideological lightning rod for right-wing opponents of the NDP government in particular and government services in general. I think it is probably because it is exactly the kind of agreement signed this year by major health unions like the Alberta Health Sciences Association and the United Nurses of Alberta. Similarly, the Alberta Teachers` Association last year agreed to a two-year contract with no pay increase, not to mention the re-opening of salary. The Alberta government and the Alberta Provincial Employees Association announced yesterday that they have signed a preliminary agreement for a new collective agreement for the approximately 23,000 union members who work directly for the provincial government. The collective agreement has expired and is currently being renegotiated by the Alberta government and the Alberta Provincial Employees Association. As a result, printed copies of the agreement are not currently distributed. The digital copy of the Master Agreement, which will come into effect on November 4, 2018, may be collective-agreement.alberta.ca If I speculated, I predicted that there would be no wage increase in the first two years — familiar and rather illogical in labour relations such as “zero percent increase” – and “salary booster” last year.
A new wage start, often negotiated by public sector unions in this province, does exactly what it says: it allows for new wage negotiations, while everyone agrees to leave all other aspects of the agreement intact.