“I am pleased to announce that unionized members of the Alberta Public Service (APS) have voted to accept the Mediator’s recommendation.

“This four-year agreement comes after months of dedicated negotiations between the Government of Alberta and the union. Full details of the ratified deal will be made available in the coming days.

“I want to thank AUPE leadership for helping us achieve labour stability for the public service.

“This agreement recognizes the province’s long-term economic outlook, and offers members compensation increases in the third and fourth year of the contract. Our goal has always been to bring spending in line with other provinces, and this deal accomplishes that goal.

“I am hopeful that other public sector unions will look to this successful process, and that bargaining will proceed constructively across the broader public sector.

“The government respects the hard work and dedication of Alberta’s Public Service employees and their contribution to our province.”