“Unfortunately, the arbitrator largely ignored the recent history of salary restraint in teachers` collective agreements and decided to focus on the state of Alberta`s economy.” In my view, it would not be acceptable, in the public or community interest, for teachers to receive a pay increase given the current economic circumstances in the province, including the high unemployment rate, the absence of comparable collective agreements that contain wage increases, and the non-monetary provisions that teachers have received in the current collective agreement. [T]he evidence presented by the ATA in the “Wage Settlement History of Alberta Health Services and Government of Alberta 2012 to present” clearly shows that the other five major public sector bargaining units, which were collected as key comparators for teachers in Alberta, negotiated wage increases for almost all of these years until 2018. , during which the ATA and teachers made wage adjustments of 0%. The ATA also provided additional evidence for Alberta comparators, both in the public and private sectors, who also received salary increases. In particular, there has been no significant evidence of overall wage cuts in the private sector…. The ADF expects the agreement to be ratified by the AHS board of directors on Thursday. Schilling added that the arbitration decision “will put even greater pressure on the next round of collective bargaining” and that the ATA “will seek a long-awaited correction.” While the ADF [United Nurses of Alberta] reports some growth in real GDP and GDP per capita and some increase in the Alberta Weekly Earnings Index, which would indicate some recovery from the 2015-16 recession, there is overwhelming evidence that the provincial economy has not yet fully recovered from the recession and is likely to do so only some time after the end of the current collective agreement. After starting to recover a little in 2018, Alberta almost plunged back into recession in early 2019…. The unemployment rate in the province remains very high, both historically and relative to the rest of Canada, and will continue for the foreseeable future.