Arbitrator Awards Saskatchewan Teachers a Two-Year Agreement
An arbitration board has awarded a two-year contract to the approximately 13,500 members of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. It contains zero percent for salaries in the first year of the agreement, and a one percent increase at the end of the second year. The agreement expires on August 31, 2019.
“While the salary package will be disappointing to teachers, it has to be viewed in the context of a persistent government demand for a 3.67 percent wage rollback,” STF President Patrick Maze said.
Maze says there are significant victories for STF members in the areas of teacher time, and the ability to grieve their employers on matters related to their working conditions.
“Teachers now have greater protection against arbitrary decisions by their employers,” Maze said.
“And after six years of uncertainty and confusion, teachers are now protected by the provisions of the Task Force on Teacher Time, something that was promised by the government but never delivered.”
The arbitrator also rejected a government proposal to significantly cut teacher sick leave. In addition, all teacher fees paid to a provincial disciplinary body recently established by the provincial government will continue to be paid by the government.
The panel declined to accept a teacher proposal that would have addressed issues around class size and composition, something Maze described as disappointing.
“This is the first time we adopted the arbitration route and we have accomplished a lot,” Maze said.
“I’d like to personally thank teachers for their patience and support throughout this long and difficult process.”