United Nurses of Alberta (UNA) will immediately appeal a June 5 technical decision by the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) that states it has no legal jurisdiction to apply to a union to overturn an arbitrator`s decision that wage opening arbitration in the UNA`s collective agreement with Alberta Heath Services (AHS) can be postponed beyond the date, As part of the collective agreement, the parties agreed. Jones wrote that he wanted to “emphasize once again that I have rejected any proposal that employers are not able to raise wages. The question is not whether the provincial government could (or should) raise taxes to raise wages in the public sector. I also recognize the public`s interest in maintaining quality public institutions. The current UNA agreement, which expires on March 31, 2020, consists of AHS, Covenant Health, Lamont Heath Care Centre and Bethany Group (Camrose). The UNA agreement stipulates that if no agreement is reached during negotiations, an arbitration hearing on the opening of wages must take place no later than June 30, the UNA said. The collective agreement was originally scheduled to expire at the end of March, but both groups reached agreements to temporarily postpone negotiations during the pandemic. AHS`s latest offer contained and extended this provision until March 31, but the union wants to postpone all layoffs until a new agreement is reached. .