Bill 45, the contentious legislation that increases fines for Alberta unions that strike illegally to $1 million a day, passed third and final reading Wednesday night.

Around 10 p.m., MLAs moved on to debate Bill 46, which would impose a wage settlement with a two-year pay freeze if the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees fails to reach an agreement by the end of January.

The bill also takes away the union’s right to go to binding arbitration.

Given the PC majority in the legislature, Bill 46 is expected to pass third and final reading late Wednesday or early Thursday morning. 

On Tuesday, AUPE filed a bad faith bargaining complaint with the Alberta Labour Relations Board based on blog postings and emails it says was sent to members by the deputy minister of the executive council.