Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Notley Stops Short of Asking Unions for Wage Freeze in Bargaining

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta's Notley Stops Short of Asking Unions for Wage Freeze in Bargaining

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Notley stops short of seeking freeze from unions

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MEDICINE HAT, Alta. - Alberta Premier Rachel Notley says her government will be prudent with public money in upcoming contract talks with civil servants.

But she's stopping short of committing to a wage freeze that is being called for by the Opposition.

Notley's government is weighed down by a large budget deficit and is facing the expiry of several key contracts with nurses, the Health Sciences Association and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

Teachers are already in contract talks.

The Opposition Wildrose party has been calling for public-sector wages to be frozen, but Notley says she won't bargain in public.

She says there could be some tough times ahead when it comes to job action, but essential-services agreements will make sure the province continues to function. …

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