Journal: Alberta government poised to ram through two new labour bills

From the Edmonton Journal:

[ ]Unions rally as Alberta government poised to ram through two new labour bills


EDMONTON – Unions leaders are rallying at the Alberta legislature Wednesday afternoon to protest two new government bills.

Details of Bills 45 and 46 — the Public Service Salary Restraint Act and the Public Sector Services Continuation Act — will be revealed later Wednesday, though the unions say the legislation will affect their members’ pay.

“The legislation being introduced … is expected to have a serious impact on UNA members, their current round of negotiations with Alberta Health Services and the entire health care system,” the United Nurses of Alberta said in a release.

UNA leaders are expected at the rally, as are members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta, the Alberta Federation of Labour and others.

The government appears to be getting ready to ram through the bills as quickly as possible. House Leader Dave Hancock has given warning that he will make a motion to limit debate on the bills to two hours at each stage of the legislative process — second reading, committee of the whole and third reading.

Hancock has also given warning that he will propose to extend the normal hours of the legislature to sit later than 4:30 p.m. on Thursday and continue debate into Friday, which is normally a constituency day for MLAs.

More to come …


Dave Cournoyer
Communications Advisor
United Nurses of Alberta
Office: 780 425 1025
Mobile: 780 913 1563


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