Battle escalates in Alberta between unions, Jason Kenney government over layoff threats – The Globe and Mail

Hundreds braved the freezing cold in Calgary to protest government cuts outside the United Conservative Party’s annual meeting on Saturday. The Canadian Press The battle between Alberta and unions representing government employees – particularly those tied to the health-care sector – is sharply escalating, with labour leaders warning strikes could sweep the province given the…

Battle escalates in Alberta between unions, Jason Kenney government over layoff threats – The Globe and Mail

Hundreds braved the freezing cold in Calgary to protest government cuts outside the United Conservative Party’s annual meeting on Saturday. The Canadian Press The battle between Alberta and unions representing government employees – particularly those tied to the health-care sector – is sharply escalating, with labour leaders warning strikes could sweep the province given the shattered relationship between the two sides. Union executives on Monday accused the government, under the control of the United Conservative Party, of disrespecting public-sector employees making policy decisions based on ideology rather than sound analysis. The distrust, executives said, make it unlikely the unions and the government will be able to reach deals at the bargaining table. The outcry came after the government late Friday warned unions that thousands of jobs may be eliminated. Alberta’s government has long been clear it is willing to use legislation in disputes with unions representing government employees. A handful of collective agreements expire at the end of next March and the acrimonious bargaining is already playing out public. Tension spiked Monday as labour leaders balked at the first details the government has provided with respect to its layoff intentions. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) expects roughly 5,900 positions that are under its umbrella to be axed in the coming years. The government of Alberta, along with Alberta Healt
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