Teachers’ Provincial Negotiations Open With Respectful Tone
SASKATOON – This week the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee provided detailed rationale on its proposals, and the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee presented its proposal package and some rationale. While discussions were respectful and productive, the Government-Trustee proposals did not address classroom size and composition, a key issue for teachers.
“While the Education Minister stated he is interested in addressing these concerns, we are disappointed he doesn’t believe they have a place in these negotiations,” said Patrick Maze, President, Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. “Class size and composition are provincial issues and the Federation stands firm they should be addressed at the bargaining table; not through a series of one-offs that can lead to different sets of standards based on postal code.”
Teachers have made it clear class size and composition are as important as salary, and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee will not take any offer back to teachers that does not address these two issues. At the conclusion of the last two days of negotiating, all proposals remain on the table.
Full proposals from the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee are available on the Federation’s website. Bargaining talks continue September 25 and 26 in Saskatoon.