Saskatchewan teachers hold one-day walkout Thursday

Teachers to rally at legislature urging the government to meet contract demands
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 09/29/2011

Saskatchewan teachers will take a study day and hold a rallyin front of the provincial Legislative Assembly on Thursday, May 5.

The 12,000 teachers intend to get the government back to thebargaining table. They have been without a contract since August 2010.

Last week, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation announcedthat 95 per cent of the province’s teachers were in favour of job action tosupport their contract demands.

The Saskatchewan School Boards Association and the provincialgovernment are offering a 5.5 per cent wage increase over three years, whilethe union wants a 12 per cent raise over one year. The union says teachers inSaskatchewan have the lowest average salaries in the Prairie provinces.

The union has given 48 hours’ notice before their withdrawalof services, as had been promised when the job action vote was announced last week.

Classes will resume as usual on Friday.

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