Driver examiners in Alberta may walk off the job this Thursday if the government is unable to meet their demands.
The potential walk off comes ahead of the deprivatization of the driver examination system, a change the Alberta Government announced in October 2018.
The Certified Driver Examiners Association, or CDEA, sent a letter to the Alberta Government’s transportation minister demanding they buy out the examiners businesses and provide those who move to work as public employees the salaries they were promised.
The CDEA said examiners were promised salaries of $70,000 to $80,000 per year, but the newest numbers have salaries sitting at around $53,000 to $67,000 per year.
They also estimate that around 80 per cent of the approximated 100 Albertan CDEA members will participate in the walk off, which would last at least two weeks or possibly longer, making it difficult for Albertans to take driver examinations.
The CDEA said they also plan to take this case to court.
All driver examiners will work for the Alberta Government as of March 1st this year.