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Public Sector Workers Earn More Than Private-Sector Counterparts in Alberta

So it's not just an American phenomenon


Public-sector workers (federal, provincial, and local) in Alberta earned wages 10.3 per cent higher, on average, than their private-sector counterparts in 2011, finds a new report from the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian think-tank.

"As the Alberta government struggles with deficits and finding ways to constrain spending, public-sector compensation is one area that should be closely scrutinized," said Jason Clemens, Fraser Institute executive vice-president and co-author of Comparing Public and Private Sector Compensation in Alberta.