Teachers’ Bargaining Committee
The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee is responsible for negotiating a provincial collective bargaining agreement for Saskatchewan’s 13,500 teachers. Their role includes assembling information, gathering intelligence and developing a strategy to meet the specific challenges that lay ahead. They take their job very seriously, from the beginning where information on bargaining priorities is gathered from teachers, all the way through to the post-mortem evaluation of negotiations.
Teachers’ Bargaining Committee 2018-19
Patrick is the President of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. He was first elected in 2015 and re-elected at meetings of the STF’s governing Council in 2016 and 2017.
Prior to serving as STF President, Maze served as the President of the Regina Public School Teachers’ Association. He graduated in 2004 from the University of Regina with a master’s degree in educational administration. He began his teaching career in Regina in 1996. Patrick has also served on the Board of Governors at the University of Regina where he chaired the Board’s Human Resources Committee from 2012 to 2016.
In 2016, he obtained a certificate in labour negotiations from Queen’s University.
Brent is an experienced member of the STF’s Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. He has been a member of the Committee since 2015, and an STF Executive member since 2011. His participation in the STF’s governing Council goes all the way back to 2003. Brent earned his bachelor of arts in 1985, his bachelor of education in 1989 and his master’s of education in 2009.
In addition to his duties on the provincial bargaining team, Brent is also a member of the STF Executive’s Budget, Finance and Audit and Executive Visioning committees.
Debbie has been an educator for 26 years. She is a member of the STF Executive and has been President of the Regina Catholic School Teachers’ Association since 2012. Prior to holding that office, she was the Association’s Vice-President from 2007 to 2012. Debbie brings a unique perspective to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee, having served on both sides of teacher contract negotiations. For one round of recent bargaining talks, Debbie was President of the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. That meant she was a pivotal member of the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee.
Randy Schmaltz is the Executive Director of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. He brings a wealth of experience from the education sector to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee.
Randy began teaching in 1989 and served as a school principal at a number of Saskatchewan locations for more than 20 years. After joining the Federation’s Senior Administrative Staff in August of 2010, Randy has been involved continually in many aspects of the collective bargaining process. That experience includes membership on Saskatchewan’s Joint Committee on Student and Teacher Time as well as the Task Force on Teacher Time.
In his capacity as Executive Director, Randy is the Chair of the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee.
Angela Banda comes to the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee after a long and distinguished career in education. She has travelled the globe in her capacity as a presenter for Project Overseas, PDP India and the New Teachers’ Conference.
Angela taught in the K-12 public education system for 28 years before joining the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. She was a principal and vice-principal in Saskatoon for 14 years.
Al Boutin is relatively new to the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation. However, his roots in the province’s education sector run deep.
Al is currently a Senior Administrative Staff member at the STF. Prior to joining the Federation, Al was the Human Resources Superintendent at Greater Saskatoon Catholic Schools.
He has twice graduated from the University of Saskatchewan; first with a bachelor of education, then with a masters degree in educational administration.
He’s been a teacher and a principal in several communities including Prince Albert, Weyburn, North Battleford and Makwa, Saskatchewan.
Al’s previous experience includes roles as Chief Spokesperson and lead negotiator for a number of LINC and non-teacher contracts. He’s looking forward to this new challenge of negotiating a provincial collective bargaining agreement for teachers all across our province.
Dustin McNichol, Ph.D
Dustin is a research and policy analyst in the areas of collective bargaining and labour relations. Prior to joining the staff of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation, Dustin taught at the university level for over 11 years in political philosophy, public policy and Canadian history. Dustin is also the author of a number of peer-reviewed articles on Saskatchewan history in various academic journals.
Kevin has 22 years of classroom experience, including experience as a vice-principal. His main areas of teaching expertise are in math and chemistry. He has been a member of the Federation’s Senior Administrative Staff for almost a decade.
Kevin received training in mediation from the Alternate Dispute Resolution Institute of Canada in 2016. He has recently completed training in negotiation skills from the Industrial Relations Centre at Queen’s University.