Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation Seeks Specifics on Minister’s Proposed Provincial Committee

October 16, 2019
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is encouraged by the Minister’s willingness to address classroom size and composition. However, the suggestion of a provincial team to address the issue is lacking specifics on how the team would function, its mandate and how it would be held accountable to deliver real impact inside the province’s schools.

“While we are pleased to hear Minister Wyant recognizes the importance of addressing class size and composition, this work must be part of the Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement to ensure there is accountability to the public and meaningful action,” said STF President Patrick Maze.

In earlier rounds of bargaining, the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee proposed a partial contribution holiday to the Members’ Health Plan, and using these contributions for a one-time $1,500 teacher payment that would be taxable and non-pensionable. The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation countered this proposal by suggesting those funds be matched by government and redirected to a new, jointly managed fund that would be dedicated to addressing challenges at the classroom level.

The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee would welcome the opportunity to meet with Minister Wyant to discuss the specific details of how the proposed committee would alleviate the pressure on today’s classrooms, while supporting learning for all students.