October 14-20, 2018 marks Education Week across the province. While we are always grateful for Saskatchewan teachers, this week we also recognize the work of our students. The theme of this year’s Education Week is A World of Learning for Every Student. The Federation thanks teachers across the province for their work and celebrates the students who will guide our future.
Read more about Education Week.
A byelection has been called in the provincial constituency of Regina Northeast. Voters will go to the polls on September 12, 2018. There are six candidates on the ballot.
The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation continues in its efforts to bring public education issues to the forefront of our political discourse. To that end, we asked each of the six candidates three questions. So far, four of the six candidates have responded. As such, we are posting those responses today. We will post other responses in the order they are received.
- In 1990, an extra 10 weeks of parental leave benefits were added to the Unemployment Insurance, which could be used by either parent or split between them.
- In 1990-91, STF registered with the Saskatchewan Human Rights Commission as an affirmative action employer to improve its employment of women, people of Aboriginal ancestry, and people with disabilities.
- In 1994, Carol Moen was elected STF’s Vice-President and in 1996 she became STF’s fourth female President.
- In 1995, Heather-jane Robertson received the George C. Croskery Memorial Award for meritorious service to education from the Canadian College of Teachers and two years later the Distinguished Educator Award of the Ontario Institute for Studies of Education, and two nominations for the Persons Award for her outstanding work in advancing the status of women.
- In 1980, the Department of Education, the Saskatchewan School Trustees Association and the STF cosponsored a provincial women’s conference aimed at dealing with issues related to women or sexism in education.
- On August 1980, a brief sent to the STF Executive regarding increasing the participation of women led to an Executive decision to move toward a proportionate balance of men and women in naming people to advisory committees, delegations and other areas where people are named or appointed.
- Starting in 1971, women with 20 or more insurable weeks could claim up to 15 weeks of maternity benefits through the Unemployment Insurance System, at 66 percent of a mother’s previous salary.
- In October 1973, the Superannuated Teachers of Saskatchewan organization was formed. Caroline Robins was one of the founding members of this organization, serving as the president of the Saskatoon chapter.
- In 1973, elementary and high school teachers reached wage parity.
- In 1953, Caroline Robins was elected Vice-President of the STF, and then elected twice to the office of President, becoming the first STF President to be granted a leave of absence to carry out her duties.
- By 1953-54, 92.8 percent of women taught in elementary schools and only 7 percent of women taught in the secondary schools; men were still monopolizing this sector.
- “Equal opportunities” resolution passed at Council: “Since more of the important teaching positions in the province are held by men and since women teachers far outnumber men teachers, BE IT RESOLVED that this Council go on record as approving the appointment of women to principal and superintendent positions provided that their qualifications warrant the promotion.”
- In 1957, Council passed notice of motion to rescind Bylaw No. 2: “Of the five members of the executive committee, at least two shall be women.” The May issue of the Bulletin further stated that, “It would appear that women councillors themselves preferred attainment of executive positions on their own merit.”