Frequently Asked Questions

We encourage you to reference these frequently asked questions. If you do not find the information you are looking for, please contact us at bargaininginfo@stf.sk.ca.

 

For Restricted Activities During Sanctions – March 11, 2020

  • If a student asks you directly about how this sanction will affect them, the best advice is to be honest.
  • Taking into account their age, let the student know that although this activity may disrupt their activities now, it won’t last forever. 
  • We’re doing this to let other people know that teachers and students need many more resources to help them teach and learn.
  • I understand your concerns. Teachers are part of a Federation representing all teachers in Saskatchewan. 
  • We are doing this because we need appropriate funding and resources to improve learning conditions in classrooms across the province.
  • You can help by telling the Minister of Education, your MLA and the Premier that teachers and students deserve better.
  • Check out TellThemTuesday.com to see how you can help support our efforts.
  • The Federation appreciates the time and effort teachers put into activities supportive of student literacy.  
  • Running a Scholastic Book Fair is considered a voluntary activity and should not be provided by STF members at any time during sanctions.  
  • Running a book fair is not a component of any teacher’s job.
  • Teachers should not be training parents to run a book fair or give a parent access to their accounts.
  • Please reschedule the book fair until after sanctions are lifted. 
  • If a parent group or non-STF member is already trained, and have Scholastic accounts of their own, they may proceed to run the book fair.

1. I am attending professional learning:

a. If a school division is the sponsor of the event (regardless of who is facilitating) and you are an STF member, you may commute to arrive to participate within the window of the school day (15 minutes before and after the school day) for your school division. You should have prior approval from you school division to attend the event.

b. If STF Professional Learning is sponsoring the event, teachers may commute and participate as the facilitators have designed the agenda.

2. I am facilitating professional learning:

a. If you are facilitating a school division sponsored event and are an STF member (even if you are facilitating on behalf of STF Professional Learning), you may commute to arrive to facilitate within the window of the school day (15 minutes before and after the school day).  Your set up and sessionmust fit within the time frame of sanctions.

b. If you are facilitating an STF Professional Learning sponsored event, you may commute and facilitate the agenda on the time frame you have created. 

3. I am attending weekend or evening professional learning events.

a. If the professional learning event is sponsored by a school division, STF members must not attend.

b. If the professional learning event is sponsored by any other agency or entity AND an STF member has chosen to attend as self-directed professional learning, STF members may attend.

  • Principals and vice-principals should not send any emails or do any school work outside of the restricted school day.
  • Principals and vice-principals will abide by all parameters of the sanction action going forward.
  • The SCC meeting can only occur during the hours STF members are providing service.  Meetings before or after school should not be attended by any STF member.
  • Only the principal and one other designate are required to attend SSC meetings.  Any other teachers must not attend, as this would be a volunteer activity. 
  • Seconded teachers must comply with all sanction parameters 
 

For Restricted Activities During Sanctions – March 10, 2020

  • Itinerant teachers are so defined because they have more than one regular assigned location.
  • Itinerant teachers are expected to commute and arrive at the location where they are providing service no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the instructional day.
  • Itinerant teachers are expected to leave the school no more than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the instructional day to begin their commute home.
Students alone? No
Other Teachers? Yes
Consultants? Yes
Parents and students? Yes
  • The event can only occur if there is some curricula connection.
  • The event, including travel, must take place within the restricted time frame.
  • Extracurricular events cannot take place.
  • Travel outside of the regular commute must occur within the window of the restricted time.
    • Scenario 1 – Intinerant teacher travels to a different school each day. Travel to the school is considered the commute and the teacher would arrive at the specific school no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day. The teacher is to exit the school no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day and the return drive would be commute time.
      • Teacher-librarians who serve more than one school would fall under this scenario.
    • Scenario 2 – Coordinator/consultant travels to office location and would arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day. The coordinator/consultant would initiate travel to a school from the office at this time. The coordinator/consultant would complete their work at the school and exit the building at a time that allows them to return to the office no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day.
  • Scenario 3 – Coordinator/consultant plans to attend a school that is closer to their home than their office. The coordinator/consultant would leave their home at the time that aligns with 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day and drive directly to the school. The coordinator/consultant would complete their work at the school and exit the building at a time that allows them to return to their home or office no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day.
  • If the event does not involve supervision of students, then it can proceed.
  • No, a sports tournament would be considered extracurricular.
  • Members are to arrive no more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the instructional day and to exit the school no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the instructional day.
  • Staff meetings held during the lunch break must comply with LINC provisions if they exist.
  • Teachers who supervise the lunch room can continue to supervise.
  • Teachers cannot volunteer to prepare a hot lunch.

For Restricted Activities During Sanctions – March 9, 2020

  • Lunch break supervision has not been withdrawn, so if a teacher was providing lunch break supervision prior to the sanction action, they should continue to provide lunch break supervision.
  • If a teacher, on their own accord, wishes to cease providing lunch break supervision, the teacher will need to follow the provisions outlined in their local collective agreement or the school division administrative procedure that deals with lunch break supervision in order to cease providing service.
  • No. There will be no supervision outside of the restricted hours as stated in the sanction parameters.
  • Members assigned to a workplace other than a school, such as coordinators, consultants, teachers in distance learning centres, storefront or alternative programs will only provide services within the same time frame as the colleagues at the largest school in the division. If the school day of the largest school begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m., members not assigned to a school will only provide services from 8:45 a.m. until 3:45 p.m.
  • You will be expected to work on the restricted time schedule.
  • Travel outside of the regular commute must occur within the window of the restricted time frame.
    • Scenario 1 – Intinerant teacher travels to a different school each day. Travel to the school is considered the commute and the teacher would arrive at the specific school no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day. The teacher is to exit the school no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day and the return drive would be commute time.
      • Teacher-librarians who serve more than one school would fall under this scenario.
    • Scenario 2 – Coordinator/consultant travels to office location and would arrive no earlier than 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day. The coordinator/consultant would initiate travel to a school from the office at this time. The coordinator/consultant would complete their work at the school and exit the building at a time that allows them to return to the office no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day.
  • Scenario 3 – Coordinator/consultant plans to attend a school that is closer to their home than their office. The coordinator/consultant would leave their home at the time that aligns with 15 minutes prior to the start of the school day and drive directly to the school. The coordinator/consultant would complete their work at the school and exit the building at a time that allows them to return to their home or office no later than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the school day.
  • Coaching club teams is not a school-based extracurricular activity.
  • Sanctions do not have an impact on teachers who volunteer in the community.
  • Club teams can continue to utilize school facilities if the school division approves continued use.
  • Club coaches are encouraged to communicate with colleagues so it is clear that such service is community volunteerism so there is no negative perception.
  • If community members are coaching club teams, teachers should not be giving access to keys, equipment rooms, etc. outside of school hours.

 

NOTE: Specific to Music/Band Teachers

  • Classes continue as normal during the restricted school hours [including curricular classes during the lunch break, or prior to school (e.g., 7:30 a.m.), or after school].
  • Teachers should not begin travel to a music festival more than 15 minutes prior to the start of the instructional day and should leave the music festival in order to arrive back at their home school no more than 15 minutes after the conclusion of the instructional day.
  • Participation in a music festival can only occur within the defined hours.
  • There is to be no participation in a music festival outside of the defined hours.
  • Teachers are only to participate with their curricular classes. Extracurricular bands and choirs cannot be supervised by teachers during the sanction action.
  • Review the exemption principles at: https://www.stf.sk.ca/resource/principles-guide-exemptions
  • After you review the principles, if you believe you might qualify for an exemption, complete an exemption application form.
  • No exemption will be granted for any band tour/trip that involves an overnight stay.
  • Travel for participation in festivals, clinics and performances is not a curricular expectation.

 

Sanctions

  • A sanction refers to any collective action or activity by STF members as directed by the STF Executive to further the goal of achieving a fair and reasonable collective bargaining agreement.
  • The imposition of a sanction is a strike action by law.

The range of sanction options may include:

  • A broad spectrum. They may include rotating, partial or total withdrawal of voluntary and professional services. A successful sanctions vote does not mean we are obligated to take sanction action.
  • Actions may also include rallies or study sessions at the local, regional and provincial levels.
  • Duration and location of the sanction may vary.
  • The purpose of a sanction is to create pressure on government.
  • The strategic deployment of a sanction action requires keeping the action quiet until such time as the action needs to be shared.
  • The nature of the sanction action will determine the notification period that is required.
  • STF members will be notified first and at a time that is strategic.
    • The most direct communication is via the STF app.
  • Employers will be notified after members and in an appropriate time frame.
  • Sanctions have the potential to create uncertainty and discomfort.
  • STF members will likely experience a wide range of emotions as they balance their personal, professional and collective commitments.
  • Pay attention to relationships with colleagues and support one another.
  • Pay attention to relationships with parents and community members. Share information that will help increase the public’s understanding of STF members' commitment to students and public education.
  • Get professional support. The Federation provides confidential counselling through the Member Family Assistance Plan (MFAP) at ComPsych (1-833-485-4245).
  • While some members of the public may be frustrated by sanctions, when possible help engage community members’ support by sharing that the ultimate goal of sanctions is to compel the government to enter an agreement that will improve learning conditions for students as well as ensuring members receive appropriate compensation.
  • A few messages you may share with parents and your community are:
    • We know this creates uncertainty for parents, students and the community.
    • The sanctions vote does not necessarily mean there will be a withdrawal of services. While that is a possibility, there are other sanctions that could also be imposed.
    • We are looking to address class complexity so there is assurance and accountability that schools will be properly resourced with the supports students need.
  • Announcing and conducting a sanctions vote is the first strategic step.
  • The next step in the process is a strategic action determined largely by the vote result.
  • Boards of education and/or the provincial government may react to sanctions by making decisions that could shift the course of sanctions activities.
  • Examples of these decisions or actions are:
    • Legislated return to work.
    • Lockout by individual boards of education.
    • Application to courts for an injunction to restrict, prohibit or delay sanctions.
    • Legislated “agreement.”
  • All STF members will be expected to participate fully in any sanctions taken. There may be some minor differences based on a member’s role. Expectations will be clearly communicated in advance of any sanction action taking place.
  • All STF members will be expected to participate fully in any sanctions taken.
  • STF members who are seconded to the Ministry or post-secondary institutions would not be expected to participate, given their contractual commitments to a third-party employer, even though technically they are still employed by the board of education.
  • Saskatchewan teachers have participated in a full withdrawal of services (strike) only once in the province’s history. This occurred in May 2011, when after ten months of bargaining – including 21 days of direct negotiations and nine days of conciliation – it became clear that government was unwilling to participate in an agreement which affirmed the true value of teachers.
  • On April 13, 2011, a sanctions vote passed with 95 percent support, and teachers withdrew professional services on May 5. Many spent the day volunteering at various locations within their local communities, including the Canadian Cancer Society and Habitat for Humanity, while others participated in a rally at the Saskatchewan legislature. Two more full withdrawals of service occurred on May 25 and 26, which were followed by a withdrawal of voluntary services on May 30 and 31.
  • At the heart of the dispute was government’s salary offer of 1.5, 2 and 2 percent over the course of a three-year contract, justified on the notion that such an increase aligned with other public sector settlements at that time. The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee held that this was insufficient, and far from the proposed 16.3 percent increase over three years. Due to pressure applied on government by the enduring resolution of teachers, a special mediator was appointed to help resolve the dispute.
  • A collective agreement was signed on October 4, 2011, which resulted in teachers receiving a salary increase of 6.82 to 10.89 percent over three years, depending on their grid position.

If professional services are fully withdrawn:

  • Sanction days in which professional services are fully withdrawn would not count towards the 20-day qualification period for STF Members’ Health Plan benefits. Coverage would begin once the qualification period is served, but benefits would be paid retroactively to your contract start date.
  • Long-term disability coverage would not begin until your first active day of teaching.
  • Under the Pension Plan, service would be credited for up to 15 cumulative days of sanctions. Any sanction days over and above the 15-day maximum would not be automatically credited to you, but would be available for purchase.

If professional services are not fully withdrawn:

  • Sanction days in which you are still in the classroom teaching would count towards your 20-day qualification period for STF Members’ Health Plan benefits. Coverage would begin once the qualification period is served, and benefits would be paid retroactively to your contract start date.
  • Long-term disability coverage would begin on your first active day of teaching.
  • You would continue to contribute to the pension plan and earn pension service as normal.
  • Timing is as important a strategy as the action taken, and this is particularly true when balancing the need to apply pressure to the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee with the need for public support.
  • The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and the STF Executive will be working to maintain and enhance public support of STF members, and it is unlikely that STF members would be asked to purposefully jeopardize high school credits or graduation.
  • First and foremost, STF members are expected to participate in any sanctions approved by the STF Executive
  • The ability to secure additional employment will depend on the nature of the employment and on the specific type of sanction employed.
  • In the event of a withdrawal of professional services, STF members will be required to report to a specific location in order to sign in, thus impacting their ability to work.
  • If sanctions are drawn out, STF members may feel a need to pursue other employment for financial reasons.
  • This would only present a problem if such employment prevented an STF member from fulfilling his or her professional obligation to participate in the sanction.
  • It is presumed that they would participate in sanctions upon their return should sanctions be ongoing.
  • The nature of the sanction employed will determine the status of field trips occurring during periods of sanctions.
  • STF Members are expected to participate in lawful sanctions as approved by the STF Executive. In the event of a withdrawal of professional services, or in some cases voluntary services, fields trips scheduled for the same period of time would have to be cancelled.
  • Exemption from participating in sanction action will only be granted in extremely compelling circumstances. Information will be posted on the STF website following the notification of a sanction action.
  • The sanctions identified reflect the range of sanctions deemed viable at this point in time. Should further sanctions be contemplated they will be communicated to the membership.
  • The employer is responsible for ensuring the safety of students during the lunch break. In many, if not all school divisions, the employers ask teachers to volunteer to provide lunch break supervision and the employer provides some level of remuneration or time-in-lieu for the volunteer hours provided.
  • February 2020 Frequently Asked Questions 5 Appendix G, Clause 17.7 of the Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement to which our parties are committed states that supervision of students during recess or break periods is considered to be part of the teachers’ professional responsibility and, therefore, is not considered to be assigned time.
  • In the imposition of a lawful sanction action, teachers, principals, vice-principals, coordinators and consultants have a Charter right to carry out an action that supports efforts to reach a negotiated collective agreement. In the event that a sanction action is imposed and members are directed not to provide supervision, it is the responsibility of the employer to ensure there are sufficient non-teacher supervisors in place so that good order can be maintained. A member is protected from liability if they are following the direction of their bargaining team in carrying out a lawful sanction action.
  • The Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms enshrines the rights of individuals to the Freedom of Association under
    Section 2(d) of the Charter.
  • The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is a collective and as members of the collective, principals, vice-principals and, assistant principals would be exercising their Charter rights should they be required to participate in a lawful sanction action.
  • The provision of the allowance for the additional duties carried out by principals, vice-principals and assistant principals does not override the rights and responsibilities of school administrators as members of the collective. All members, including principals, vice-principals, and assistant principals will be required to comply with the direction that will be communicated in the event a sanction action is necessary.
  • It is the responsibility of the employer and not the principal to ensure the safety of the students in a school in the event of lawful sanction action. It is the responsibility of the employer to provide sufficient non-teacher supervisors to create a safe environment and not the responsibility of the principal to supervise non-teacher supervisors. That being said, the Federation will not ask principals, vice-principals or assistant principals to undertake an action that would compromise their position or the safety of their students.

 

Pension and Benefits

  • Service is credited to you for every day you work and contribute to the plan, and is used to determine your eligibility for – and the amount of – your pension.
  • If you lose teaching days, technically speaking, you shouldn’t be earning service. However, the STRP offers you some protection in the event of a sanction. This protection includes:

The Sanction Events Provision

  • For any new sanction event that occurs after 2014, STF members will receive pension credit to a maximum of 15 cumulative sanction days per plan year with no contributions required. This means that the first 15 days of any sanction event in a given plan year are automatically credited to you, and your pension and service are not affected.
  • Any sanction days over and above the 15-day maximum would not be automatically credited to you, but would be available for purchase.
  • This provision only applies to STF members on contract who lose salary because of a sanction event. Substitute STF members would not be eligible for this benefit.
  • Any lost service may affect your expected retirement date.
  • This could be significant if you were expecting to retire July 1 after 30 years of teaching.
  • If you were not credited with the lost pension days, you may not have the required eligibility years and may not be eligible to retire on July 1 as planned.
  • This would mean you may have to return to teach in the following school year to earn the missed service needed to be eligible to retire.

The STF Members’ Health Plan and Member and Family Assistance Program

  • Health benefits and MFAP coverage would continue through a sanction event.

STF Optional Life Insurance (Portaplan)

  • Participation in Portaplan is optional and the policyholder pays all premiums.
  • You would still need to pay premiums in order to maintain your coverage.

Teachers’ Long-Term Disability Plan

  • This plan is funded by member premiums.
  • These premiums are calculated as a percentage of salary actually paid to STF members and remitted to the Federation by your school board.
  • During sanction days, no salary is paid so LTD premiums are zero. However, disability coverage would not be suspended as a result.
  • STF members approved for STF LTD benefits at the time of a sanction would continue to receive those benefits.
  • STF members who are working with no sick leave or accumulated sick leave balance may also be approved for benefits on sanction days provided they meet the following conditions and follow the standard LTD application benefit process:
    • Sick leave and accumulated sick leave bank is at zero; and
    • STF sanction exemption has been granted to the STF member for the purpose of sick leave or medical leave.

Dental and Teachers’ Group Life Insurance Plans

  • Both of these plans are administered by the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Superannuation Commission.
  • For more information, please visit the STSC’s website.
  • Members continue to be entitled to medical benefits, including prescription drug, health and vision care, long-term disability, optional life insurance (Portaplan), member and family assistance program, group life and dental as per eligibility requirements set out by each plan.
  • By virtue of being under contract with a school division, any benefits that one might be entitled to continue despite sanctions.
  • Pension service is credited automatically for the first 15 sanction days even though no contributions are paid. Any sanction days beyond that would be available for purchase.
  • You would be considered a member by virtue of holding a teaching contract.
  • All rules regarding pension and benefits would be applied as if sanctions had not occurred.
  • No sick leave would be accumulated during the withdrawal of professional services.
  • No sick leave would be accumulated during the term of a lockout.
  • Other sanctions would not impact sick leave accumulation.
  • Any accumulated sick leave that existed prior to the job action or lockout would remain intact following the action.
  • The requirement for insurable earnings prior to accessing a maternity or parental leave is a federal government policy.
  • Contact Service Canada for more information.
  • Sick leaves that began prior to the imposition of sanctions would continue as long as there was medical evidence to support the leave.
  • Should a member return from a board-approved sick leave in the midst of sanctions, they would be expected to participate in the action.
  • A member who is sick on a day on which sanctions are to be employed is considered to be sick and in compliance with the Code of Collective Interests.
  • A member who is sick on a day in which sanctions are to be employed should inform their school staff liaison.

Advocacy

STF members can support the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee in reaching the goal of achieving a tentative agreement that affirms the worth of STF members and is acceptable to STF members by:

  • Accessing the online resources regarding provincial collective bargaining for current and accurate information.
  • Directing their bargaining questions to bargaining@stf.sk.ca.
  • Staying informed by reading information shared on the STF app or by email.
  • Publicly supporting the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and the STF Executive as it carries out its work on behalf of all STF members.

The Federation has launched a campaign called Tell Them Tuesday. Sign up at tellthemtuesday.com by entering your name, postal code and email.

  • You will receive followup emails from the campaign asking you to participate by emailing your MLA or posting on social media.
  • It is quick and simple. You can choose from pre-written message or write your own.
  • Tell Them Tuesday is open to the public. Please help spread the word. The more people supporting STF members’ voices and the more stories we tell, the louder and stronger our voice is to the provincial government.
  • Email advocacy@stf.sk.ca or call the Federation at 1-800-667-7762 with any questions or for assistance with this campaign.
  • It is vital to present a common message and a common face to the media. Members and local association leaders may feel free to make general supportive statements about the bargaining team and the process.
  • Members and local association leaders should not discuss specific actions or strategies and should not comment on any statements by government, trustees or other.
  • Remember that a statement made to the media can be used selectively or presented out of context.
  • Remember that no STF member is under any obligation to speak to the media, no matter how insistent and persistent they may be.
  • Simply refer their questions to the Federation.
  • The confidential nature of certain aspects of teacher collective bargaining is a consideration when using social network sites and personal technology.
  • All actions approved by the STF Executive will support our goal of reaching a negotiated collective agreement.
  • Work to ensure that your individual actions align with those approved by the STF Executive as you consider your advocacy on social media platforms.
  • It is critical that individual actions do not undermine the actions and efforts of the collective to reach an acceptable negotiated collective bargaining agreement.

Exemptions

  • No.
  • A written request for exemption will be adjudicated by the Federation based on principles that will be available in advance of notification of a sanction action.
  • The final decision regarding the granting of an exemption rests with the STF Executive Director.
  • Individuals seeking an exemption will have to apply, in writing, to the STF Executive Director. The application form will be posted on the STF website following the notification of sanction action.
  • To maintain a unified, collective effort, exemptions will only be considered in extremely compelling circumstances. To ensure exemptions are only applied for in extremely compelling cases, we will provide guidelines of what does not qualify for an exemption and what may qualify for an exemption.

Other

  • The decision to apply sanctions is not taken lightly, and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee and STF Executive are acutely aware of the stress it puts on STF members in terms of balancing their personal and collective responsibilities.
  • It is important that within the collective, support is offered to each other as STF members navigate through these uncomfortable times.
  • With this in mind, STF members will strive to provide sufficient notice prior to the imposition of any sanctions. It is hoped this notification will provide STF members with sufficient time to make the necessary arrangements in terms of child care or other responsibilities.
  • When the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee receives an invitation to return to the table for negotiations, the decision to maintain or suspend sanctions will be made at that time and will be based on which action provides the greatest opportunity to successfully conclude a provincial collective bargaining agreement that would be acceptable to STF members.
  • Back-to-work legislation is a possibility that must be considered.
  • It is difficult to predict the actions that the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee might take or recommend and, for that reason, the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee is committed to conducting a thorough risk assessment of any options under consideration.
  • All options are carefully examined, and an exit strategy is mapped out prior to making any recommendations to the STF Executive.
  • Our response will be strategic, purposeful and calculated with the sole purpose of achieving a collective agreement at the forefront of all decisions moving forward.
  • There are no legal impediments or restrictions in terms of holding a rally or demonstration on the grounds of the legislative building in Regina as it is deemed public property; however, if on municipal or other property, then all actions must comply with local bylaws, provincial law and criminal law.
  • For instance, there would be no issues with holding a rally at the legislative building as long as it did not prevent people from accessing the building or carrying on their business.
  • However, if STF members blocked the sidewalk or prevented traffic from flowing, then the action would be in contravention of City of Regina bylaws and possibly provincial property laws.
  • This is slightly different from protesting at schools or school division offices, or even MLA offices. They are all considered private property and, as such, any action would be restricted to the public areas such as the sidewalk, and once again municipal bylaws and provincial property laws would be in effect and need to be complied with.
  • This is a question of strategy, and all options will be considered as plans for moving forward are developed.
  • Each and every action taken has the ability to apply pressure and bring us closer to an acceptable collective agreement, and poorly planned or executed strategies can detract from this goal.
  • Before undertaking any possible actions, the potential risks and potential benefits will be carefully considered, and an exit strategy will be determined.
  • Implications for local agreements will be given due consideration upon notification of sanctions being imposed. If conflicts arise, we will seek to remedy these at the negotiating table through the bargaining process or after the full scope of the impacts have been realized.

The process for filing a complaint against a member based on the Code of Conduct Respecting the Collective Interests of Teachers is identified in Part VII of The Teachers’ Federation Act, 2006, Section 37 paraphrased below:
(4) Subject to subsection (5), the executive may make a preliminary investigation into the facts regarding a complaint that a member is guilty of conduct contrary to the collective interests of teachers.
(5) If any three members of the federation make complaints, in writing, alleging that a member is guilty of conduct contrary to the collective interests of teachers, the executive shall make a preliminary investigation into the facts alleged.
(6) If the executive is of the opinion that further action on the complaint is warranted, the executive may refer the complaint to a committee established by the executive in accordance with the bylaws.
(7) The committee must:

  1. conduct a hearing;
  2. grant the member who is the subject of the hearing an opportunity to be heard; and
  3. report its finding to the executive and the member who is the subject of the hearing.

(8) If the committee finds that a member’s conduct is contrary to the collective interests of teachers, the executive, after giving the member an opportunity to be heard, may by order:

  1. reprimand the member;
  2. require the member to pay a fine to the federation; or
  3. reprimand the member and require the member to pay a fine to the federation.

(9) A fine levied pursuant to clause (8)(b) or (c) may not exceed the net earnings of the member during the period in which the member was engaged in conduct contrary to the collective interests of teachers.

  • Members are encouraged to respectfully confirm with their colleagues what they are saying.
  • Direct colleagues to the STF website and this FAQ document. We’ll be updating it regularly to ensure common questions are answered.
  • Suggest the colleague contact the Federation to confirm the validity of the statements they are making (bargaining@stf.sk.ca or call 1-800-667-7762).
  • No. We have not abandoned salary in pursuit of resolution on complexity. We did not bring the government’s offer of 0%, 2% and 2% to members for a vote because it is an insufficient offer.
  • It does not keep up with inflation and represents only half of what the STF Executive approved the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee to pursue (eight percent compared to four percent over three years).
  • Our goal remains to secure an agreement that addresses both of the top issues members asked us to address: salary and class size and composition.
  • No, the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee, in consultation with the STF Executive, will determine the timing, location and type of sanction.
  • Some members have experienced difficulty with their initial log-in.
  • Please call the Federation at 1-800-667-7762 and ask for login support. Our team will assist you and ensure you are set up on the STF app.
  • If you experience other difficulties, please reach out to login support as well. Your specific issue will be addressed, and we will gain important insights that can be used to further enhance and improve the app.
  • There are also step-by-step instructions available for installing the app on iOS and Android devices.
    • Itinerant teachers are so defined because they have more than one regular assigned location.