The UNA provincial collective agreement expires on March 31, 2020. The ATA agreement expires on 31 August 2020. The UNA had requested a 3 per cent increase and the employer was ordered by the provincial government to request a 3 per cent withdrawal. UNA members did not receive an increase in the first or second year of the contract. While the UNA [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, the striking evidence is that the provincial economy has not yet fully recovered from the recession and is not expected to do so until some time after the current collective agreement deadline. After recovering somewhat 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 this is expected to continue for the foreseeable future. There have been significant layoffs in the private sector, particularly in the oil and gas sector, which is an important part of Alberta`s economy. Jones asserted that „the overall poor state of Alberta`s economy is the most compelling factor and weighs heavily on an increase in nurses` wage rates at that time,“ noting that no increase was warranted in the third year of the collective agreement. . . .