Province extends bargaining deadline with civil servants to March 31

The Alberta government has extended its bargaining deadline with the union representing civil servants.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has extended its bargaining deadline with the union representing civil servants.

Deputy Premier Dave Hancock said Thursday the cabinet passed an order in council that extends the deadline to March 31.

The Conservative government passed a law last month forcing a four-year deal on the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees if an agreement wasn’t reached by Friday.

Hancock said the government extended the deadline because it is — quote — “keen” to reach a negotiated settlement with its 22,000 employees.

The deputy premier also says the government will have a new negotiating team and a new mandate when it gets back to the negotiating table, although there are no dates set yet.

AUPE president Guy Smith says the union is ready to get back to the table if the government does come with a new mandate.

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