Saskatchewan teachers say 3-year contract offer short on class-size solution

Proposal includes $1,500 lump sum, wage hikes
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 09/19/2019
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The bargaining committee is comprised of representatives from the province and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association. Google Street View

REGINA (CP) — The union that represents Saskatchewan’s teachers says a three-year contract proposal from the province does not include answers to important questions about the size and composition of classrooms.

The package from the Government Trustee Bargaining Committee includes a $1,500, one-time payment per full-time teacher.

There’s also a provision for a two-per-cent raise in the second and third years of the deal, although the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) is looking for an eight-per-cent pay raise over three years.

The union calls the proposal a light offer, saying it does not address teachers’ concerns about class size.

Saskatchewan Education Minister Gord Wyant says it’s an issue that must be determined by school boards.

Contract bargaining was to resume Wednesday.

“We’re hearing from our members that they’re going home at the end of the night feeling they’ve been pulled in too many directions and they’re just putting out fires all day,” Maze said Tuesday.

Wyant told reporters that the province has traditionally taken the position that decisions surrounding the number of students per class are best left to school boards.

He said while some items are negotiated at the local level, the province is still listening.

“That’s not to say we’re not interested in it. We’re very interested in trying to deal with some of the issues that teachers are facing in their classrooms and composition is one of them.”

The bargaining committee is comprised of representatives from the province and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association.

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