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Deputy minister testifies officials prepared anti-labour bill 'proactively' long before cabinet asked for it 


It’s probably too much to hope the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees can persuade the Alberta Labour Relations Board the Redford Government had already decided to hammer the union into the ground with legislation while it pretended to negotiate a contract last year.

The union’s argument in a Labour Relations Board hearing last week was that as direct employer of 21,000 civil servants, the government never negotiated in good faith as required by law during collective bargaining for a new AUPE contract because it knew Bill 46, the Public Service Salary Restraint Act, was available to impose a contract on AUPE...