Saskatchewan Teachers Negotiate Terms of Settlement
The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee has reached terms of a settlement with the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee.
“COVID-19’s impact on our communities over the last month has been significant on the education sector, our communities and each of us individually and professionally,” said Patrick Maze, President, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. “While the proposed settlement does not fully address all items the TBC sought resolution on in this round of bargaining, given the uncertainty caused by the pandemic the TBC felt it was necessary for members to vote on this offer.”
The Federation remains committed to solving class size and composition through ongoing advocacy and participation on a new class complexity committee.
“Our withdrawal of these issues from this round of bargaining in no way signals resolution or reduced importance of these issues,” said Maze. “Systematic changes take time and are often made incrementally. I believe we have advanced this issue significantly, and the Federation is unwavering in its dedication to address class complexity and ensure an adequately funded public education system in Saskatchewan.”
If ratified, the new agreement would be effective from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2023. The proposed agreement includes:
- Salary increases of zero percent in 2019, two percent in 2020, two percent in 2021 and two percent in 2022.
- Increases to allowances for principals, vice-principals and assistant principals of zero percent in 2019, two percent in 2020, two percent in 2021 and two percent in 2022.
- At the beginning of each school year, all school boards will provide the STF with contact information of all approved substitute teachers. Any changes are to be reported to the STF monthly.
Teachers are expected to vote on the tentative agreement within the next four to six weeks. The Federation is finalizing details on how the vote will be conducted in a manner that ensures members’ health and safety in light of COVID-19 while also ensuring a rigorous process that is transparent and accountable. Details will be provided in the coming weeks.