In a press release released Thursday night, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association announced that its members voted 85 per cent for the new four-year contract. The vote took place between Tuesday and Thursday. Every day, we negotiate every aspect of our lives with our employers, colleagues, students, family members and even ourselves. In a way, haggling is a way of life. Saskatchewan teachers have ratified a new contract with the provincial government. The union and the government reached an interim agreement on 22 April. The agreement is retroactive to September 1 last year and runs until August 31, 2023. “If the government fails to implement significant changes, we will explore all avenues, including future rounds of negotiations, to ensure that students` needs are met.” For more information on the legal framework, click here. In addition, an agreement under the 2000-2002 national collective agreement established a committee to review good practice and dispute resolution. The Joint Commission on Good Practice and Dispute Resolution published a report in December 2002. In the report, the committee made a number of specific recommendations for stakeholder reflection. “The adoption of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been addressed,” STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement.
Collective bargaining is a problem-solving process. The board of directors and the teacher have the same goal – the best possible training for all students. There may be different perspectives on how to achieve this goal. The solution to the problem is to reach an agreement that puts children first and does good for both sides. Collective bargaining is the process by which teachers and their employers address issues related to wages, benefits and working conditions in order to contribute to quality education in Saskatchewan. This process is described in sections 234 to 269 of the 1995 Education Act. The Education Act 1995 prohibits negotiation, both at the provincial and local levels: the Education Act 1995 provides for two-phase negotiations with teachers. Collective bargaining is a major responsibility of school boards, both under the 1995 Education Act and the Trade Union Act. Members of the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association belong to both a provincial organization and a local teachers` association that negotiates together on behalf of all teachers.