Una Wage Agreement
It says that in addition to the wage freeze, the government wants to reduce wage premiums for higher education workers, eliminate the days off for part-time workers and reduce overtime and bonuses for work nights, nights and weekends. The AFA stated that in its judgment, arbitrator David Jones stated that “no changes in wage rates are warranted in the third year of the current collective agreement, particularly given the general economic conditions prevailing in the province, as well as the current comparative continuity and stability of employment of nurses and the absence of other relevant public institutions that would show either an increase or decrease in wages.” The ADF is scheduled to begin negotiations with its members` employer next week in Edmonton for the next provincial collective agreement. The AA provincial collective agreement expires on March 31, 2020. The ATA contract expires on August 31, 2020. “These results independent of public sector wage arbitration reflect current economic realities in the province,” Finance Minister Travis Toews said in a press release Friday. “The ALA had requested a 3% increase and the employer was ordered by the provincial government to request a 3 per cent pay increase,” the union said in a press release. “A.A. members did not receive a pay increase during the first or second year of the contract.” READ MORE: Alberta nurses file complaint on proposed 3% pay cut Arbitration Board decisions concern members of the Una Nurses of Alberta and the Alberta Teachers` Association (ATA). Both unions were in the last year of their contracts and were aiming for wage increases, while the provincial government sought to raise wages. The provincial government had entered into arbitration proceedings and had asked the ADF to claim a 3 per cent pay cut. The ATA was asked to accept a 2% pay cut.
See below: Some Global News videos on public sector wages in Alberta. Toews issued a press release late Friday afternoon after arbitration rulings determined there would be no pay increase for affected union members. The ATA had requested three per cent salary increases for teachers in both the 2018-19 school years and 2019-20. “Unfortunately, the arbitrator largely ignored the recent history of salary restraint in teachers` collective agreements and decided to focus on the state of Alberta`s economy.” For ATA members, the decision means that there will be no increase in teachers` salaries until the duration of the central agreement (September 1, 2018 to August 31, 2020). The nurses` union said the decision meant there would be no pay increase in the third year of the national policy collective agreement, which expires on March 31, 2020. The United Nurses of Alberta says it began contract negotiations with AHS this week to replace the current contract, which expires on March 31. The union that represents registered nurses in the province says Alberta Health Services is calling for a four-year wage freeze and a withdrawal of other payments. READ MORE: The results of the Alberta arbitration do not lead to any pay increase in cases involving AAU teachers and ATA Alberta and nurses will not receive a pay rise in their current contracts after two arbitration decisions were handed over on Friday.
Teachers have received zero pay increases in seven of the past eight years, said ATA President Jason Schilling. “We have a lot of respect and admiration for public service employees in Alberta,” he said. “The need for wage moderation does not diminish our recognition for the hard work they do for Albertans.” However, the union also stated that it also indicated that it wanted to “emphasize again that I have rejected any proposal that employers do not