« The adoption of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been addressed, » STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement. « This interim agreement compensates for our respect and esteem for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province, » Education Minister Gordon Wyant said Wednesday. The treaty will now be ratified by the province`s 13,000 teachers, who are expected to vote in the next four to six weeks. « This interim agreement compensates for our respect and esteem for teachers with the fiscal realities of the province, » Deputy Prime Minister and Education Minister Gordon Wyant said in a press release. « The terms of our offer mean that Saskatchewan teachers will be stable for years to come and will be paid 5% above the Western Canadian average. » A bitter contractual dispute between the province`s 13,000 teachers and the Saskatchewan government is over after teachers ratify a new contract. Saskatchewan teachers have ratified a new contract with the provincial government. REGINA — Saskatchewan`s teacher bargaining committee has reached a preliminary agreement with the province. 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. READ MORE: The Saskatchewan government will increase the wage offer for teachers if ratified, the STF said, that the agreement would come into force from September 1, 2019 to August 31, 2023. « The terms of our offer mean that Saskatchewan teachers will be stable for years to come and will be paid 5% above the Western Canadian average. » Maze said the bargaining committee believes it is important for teachers to vote on the offer, given the uncertainty surrounding the coronavirus pandemic. The Saskatchewan government and the province`s teachers` union have tentatively agreed on a new four-year contract. READ MORE: Saskatchewan`s education funding is « getting off to a good start »: The Teachers` Association The union and the government reached an interim agreement on April 22.
The agreement is retroactive to September 1 last year and runs until August 31, 2023. Both sides are involved in a bitter contractual dispute, in which a deadlock over class size and composition has been reached. On September 5, 2014, the teacher`s empty desk was shown at the front of an empty classroom at Mcgee Secondary School in Vancouver. (Jonathan Hayward/The Canadian Press) Teachers voted 85% for the new four-year contract. . Contract interviews have led to a deadlock over class size and composition. However, the president of their union says that class size and composition have yet to be addressed. The STF wanted the issue to be part of the contract negotiations, while the government said it went beyond the framework of collective bargaining. . The province says it includes two per cent increases in the second, third and fourth years. .
The STF stated that it would address the issue of class complexity through a new provincial size and composition committee. The government had previously set up a committee to discuss the idea, but the STF refused to participate. « 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. » According to the Ministry of Education, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association will now continue the vote contract to its members.