The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but the two groups agreed to temporarily delay negotiations during the pandemic. He also indicated that “the parties will soon begin negotiations on the next collective agreement, in which they will be able to consider, either by appointment or after industrial action, whether a different outcome is needed.” In his judgment, Jones wrote that there were “no changes in wage rates in the third year of the current collective agreement, particularly given the general economic conditions prevailing in the province, the current comparative continuity and stability of employment of nurses, and the absence of other relevant public sector comparisons that would indicate either an increase in , a drop in wages. Jones wrote that he wanted to “emphasize once again that I have rejected any suggestion that employers are not in a position to raise wages.” The question is not whether the state government could (or should) raise taxes to raise public sector wages. I also recognize the public interest in maintaining quality public institutions. However, the decision to balance these two objectives is political, it is the responsibility of the government and not the function of an interest arbitration procedure. The current AFA agreement, which expires on March 31, 2020, consists of ahS, Covenant Health, Lamont Heath Care Centre and Bethany Group (Camrose). The ADF agreement stipulates that if no agreement is reached in the negotiations, a conciliation hearing must be held at the reopening of salaries by 30 June, the AD said. United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) will immediately file a legal challenge against a Technical Decision of the Alberta Labor Relations Board (ALRB) of June 5, which states that it has no authority to rule on a union application to overturn an arbitrator`s decision to delay the reconciliation of the re-opening of wages in the UNA collective agreement with Alberta Heath Services (AHS) , on which the parties agreed in the collective agreement. These agreements contained provisions to delay layoffs. The AHS`s latest offer included this provision and extended it until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all redundancies until a new agreement is reached.