A bitter contractual dispute between the province`s 13,000 teachers and the Saskatchewan government is over after teachers ratify a new contract. The union and the government reached an interim agreement on 22 April. The agreement is retroactive to September 1 last year and runs until August 31, 2023. “If the government fails to implement significant changes, we will explore all avenues, including future rounds of negotiations, to ensure that students` needs are met.” Collective bargaining is a major responsibility of school boards, both under the 1995 Education Act and in the Trade Union Act. The STF wanted the issue to be part of the contract negotiations, while the government said it went beyond the framework of collective bargaining. The Education Act 1995 allows for additional issues to be negotiated at the provincial and local levels, if both parties agree. Each party has the right to refuse to negotiate an additional case. Local agreements must not contain important provisions for provincial negotiations and no agreement may include provisions for teacher selection, curriculum, curriculum or professional methods and techniques. The Education Act 1995 provides for two-phase negotiations with teachers.
In a press release released Thursday night, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association announced that its members voted 85 per cent for the new four-year contract. The vote took place between Tuesday and Thursday. “The adoption of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been addressed,” STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement. Collective bargaining is a problem-solving process. The board of directors and the teacher have the same goal – the best possible training for all students. There may be different perspectives on how to achieve this goal. The solution to the problem is to reach an agreement that puts children first and does good for both sides. Saskatchewan teachers have ratified a new contract with the provincial government. “However, teachers recognize that the world has changed dramatically, and contract execution allows them to focus their energy on supporting their students by continuing to adapt their teaching strategies and providing quality distance learning in an emergency for the rest of this school year.” For more information on the legal framework, click here. In addition, an agreement under the 2000-2002 national collective agreement established a committee to review good practice and dispute resolution. The Joint Commission on Good Practice and Dispute Resolution published a report in December 2002.
In the report, the committee made a number of specific recommendations for stakeholder reflection. READ MORE: Saskatchewan`s education funding is “getting off to a good start”: Teachers` Association “We remain committed to ensuring that students have equal access to needs,” Maze said. We will continue to propose and support solutions in the new commission. Contract interviews have led to a deadlock over class size and composition. Patrick Maze, President of the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association. (980 CJME file photo) . Teachers are expected to receive a 2% pay increase in the second, third and fourth years of the agreement.