“This preliminary agreement balances our respect and esteem for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province,” Education Minister Gordon Wyant said Wednesday. “The acceptance of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been raised,” STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement. The Government of Saskatchewan and the Teachers` Bargaining Committee have reached an interim agreement. If ratified, the STF declared that the agreement would enter into force from 1 September 2019 to 31 August 2023. The Government of Saskatchewan and the union representing the province`s teachers have reached a preliminary agreement on a new four-year contract. REGINA — The Saskatchewan Teachers` Bargaining Committee has reached a preliminary agreement with the province. Teachers must now vote on the four-year contract, which would give them a 2% pay increase in the second, third and final year of the agreement. The agreement, if ratified, will apply retroactively until September 2019. The union and the government reached the provisional agreement on 22 April. The agreement is retroactive to September 1 of last year and expires on August 31, 2023. The Government of Saskatchewan and the province`s Teachers` Bargaining Committee have reached a preliminary contractual agreement, but there will be no provisions on class composition and size.
“This preliminary agreement balances our respect and esteem for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province,” Deputy Premier and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a statement. “The terms of our offer mean saskatchewan teachers will have stability in the coming years and will be paid five per cent above the Western Canadian average.” The four-year agreement provides for a 2% salary increase in the second, third and fourth years of contract. Teachers now have the final say as the association`s 13,500 members will vote on the provisional offer over the next three to four weeks. This will be the first electronically concluded vote in the history of the STF. Maze said he was not calming down the preliminary agreement, but said teachers would decide if it was satisfactory. In a press release Thursday night, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation announced that its members voted 85 per cent in favour of the new four-year agreement. The vote took place between Tuesday and Thursday. Patrick Maze, President of the Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation.
(File photo CJME 980) “And if it doesn`t, I`m sure it`s going to make the ugly head again, and it will be on the streets in the next negotiations.” The Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation has been without a contract since August 2019. Since then, Maze has described the negotiation as “unprecedented” and stressful. Schools are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It is unclear whether they will reopen in time for 2020-21. “We hope they will be able to find success in class composition,” Maze said. According to the Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation will now have its members vote on the contract. . Other organizations will join the committee, such as the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.
The STF wanted the subject to be part of contract negotiations, while the government said it was going beyond the framework of collective bargaining. Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a statement that by the end of the contract, teachers will receive five per cent more than the average salary in Western Canada. STF members ended voluntary extracurricular activities on 12 March and ended these sanctions on 27 March. “We remain firmly committed to ensuring that students have equal access to the supports and resources they need,” maze said. “We will continue to propose and support solutions through the new committee. Saskatchewan teachers have ratified a new contract with the provincial government. Maze said they decided to try a restructured class size and composition committee.