Teachers ratify collective bargaining agreement with 66 per cent support

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Despite 34 per cent of teachers voting against the proposal, members of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation have ratified a provincial collective bargaining agreement for 2010-2013.

Earlier today the STF announced teachers voted 66 per cent in favour of the bargaining agreement during a province wide vote on Sept. 20.

A formal signing of the agreement will be held next week.

As teachers had been without a contract since Aug. 2010, teachers will also receive retroactive pay to Sept. 1, 2010. 

The new agreement contains salary increases based on the recommendations of a Special Mediator’s Report released on July 6 by mediator Richard Hornung. Details of the agreement will be formally detailed next week.

Organizations: Saskatchewan Teachers Federation

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  • Hensel
    September 30, 2011 - 01:04

    Interesting As the 5% market adjustment addition represents nearly DOUBLE the 5.5% Wall offered. So Wall, not so tough, as the arbitrator nearly doubled his government's offer. So why was Wall so hesitant to go to an arbitrator his government appointed anyway? Likely as they knew the offer would be upped. But if he expected it, why not just offer something fair? Rather than being horribly adversarial? Surely that would have preserved relations with the teachers. Well, because to Wall, and the Sask Party, appearing anti-union is important. It makes them look "tough" with the public. Who don't seem to realize the government is ending up paying MORE in the end to unions than the NDP before them. If 20% of employees are union, makes sense to make the non-unioners think you are anti-union. Too bad the Sask Party has tricked you all. Of course, the 40% nursing raise to Wall's RN mother in law should have been the first clue they were no tougher than anyone else...