Minister calls for 3-year salary freeze at Alberta PSE institutions

April 22, 2013

Alberta Advanced Education Minister Thomas Lukaszuk is calling on boards at PSE institutions to adopt a salary freeze for instructors and staff in the next 3 years with a 2% increase in the fourth year. In a letter to board chairs, Lukaszuk asked all institutions to "examine provisions in their collective agreements to help achieve this goal," raising concern among faculty associations and sparking talk of a lawsuit by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees over collective agreements. Lukaszuk says he doesn't necessarily expect institutions with collective agreements in place to open those agreements. "That's up to the boards to make that choice." But he warns he will review the level of salary and wage settlements when he approves each institution's budget this spring. Edmonton Journal