Alberta teachers’ ‘me too’ clause strengthens case for public-sector wage restraint

The Alberta Teacher’s Association recently ratified a tentative two-year agreement with the provincial government after a four-day voting period last week. Yesterday, the Calgary Sun reported that Alberta’s school boards also ratified the agreement.Alberta’s provincial government currently faces a budget deficit of more than $10 billion. Since compensation costs for public employees are, by far, the largest expense for the provincial government, managing these costs prudently is a necessary condition for the government to begin repairing its battered finances.Furthermore, education costs generally, and compensation costs in public schools specifically, represent a substantial component of the provincial budget and growth within

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