Collective Bargaining - History
2017-2019 Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement Signed
The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee met with the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee on October 3, 2018 to sign the new Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement. The term of the new agreement is from September 1, 2017 to August 31, 2019. The agreement follows the directions in the decision of the arbitration board which was released on September 7, 2018.
Organization and Preparation Underway
The STF Executive affirmed the Timeline for Organization and Preparation presented at the Executive meeting in August 2018. The new Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement will expire on August 31, 2019, and the timeline provides a roadmap for the Federation to follow in order to be prepared to initiate negotiations with the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee in May 2019. Teacher members will be invited to inform the proposal development process through a member survey and focus groups. We encourage all members to provide guidance through the member survey.
Collective Bargaining Background
Collective bargaining is the process by which teachers and their employers address issues related to salaries, benefits and working conditions to contribute to quality education in Saskatchewan. This process is set out in sections 234 to 269 of The Education Act, 1995. The Act also provides a process to be followed if there is an impasse in negotiations, including arbitration.
Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation members belong to both a provincial organization and a local teachers’ association, which work together to collectively bargain on behalf of all teachers. Section 237 of The Education Act, 1995 states which items are mandatory for negotiations at each level; however, the scope of bargaining has been expanded beyond the mandatory items listed in each section.
For more information on local bargaining agreements please visit Local Bargaining.
The Provincial Collective Bargaining Update provides members with the most up-to-date information on the provincial collective bargaining process.