Judges side with the Alberta government
The Alberta Court of Appeal is allowing the governments Bill 9 to come back into effect after overturning an injunction granted by a Court of Queens Bench judge that had blocked it. Bill 9, otherwise known as the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act, put a halt to wage arbitration talks for three collective agreements affecting 65-thousand AUPE members who work for the province or Alberta Health Services.
Two of three judges ruled in favour of the UCP today. In a statement AUPE President Guy Smith said "Bill 9 is a political decision by the UCP government to attack our constitutional rights, our wages, our working conditions and the vital public services Albertans depend on." Finance Minister Travis Toews, meanwhile, called the decision a positive result for Alberta taxpayers. The AUPE is Alberta's largest union which has a total of 95 thousand members.