The local agreement is between the Sun West Teachers` Association (SWTA) and the Sun-West School Division. Teachers employed in the Southwest School Division are subject to a provincial convention and local agreement. 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. The provincial agreement is between the Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation (STF) and the provincial government and the Saskatchewan School Boards` Association (SSBA), which represents Sun West and other local school departments. Click here to see the Saskatchewan Teachers` Provincial Agreement. Non-educational and school employees are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4802. Benefits and working conditions are described in a collective agreement negotiated with the Southwest School Division. Collective Agreement C.U.P.E. Local 4802 Sept.
1, 2017 to August 31, 2021 „The adoption of this agreement does not indicate that teachers` concerns have been addressed,” STF President Patrick Maze said in the press release. 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. The Southwest School Division negotiated employment contracts with a number of workers` groups. Links to copies of the agreements and related information follow below. „We remain very committed to ensuring that students have equal access to the support and resources they need,” Maze said. „We will continue to propose and support solutions through the new commission.” If the government fails to implement significant changes, we will explore all avenues, including future rounds of negotiations, to ensure that the needs of students are met. For more information on the interpretation of the local agreement, see a video: Video on local teacher collective bargaining in the western region. However, the agreement does not address one of the main problems the union encountered during the negotiations: the composition and complexity of the classroom.
The union said in the statement that the government`s bargaining committee was not prepared to include it in the contract. For questions, teachers can contact Sun West Human Resources or SWTA (Sun West Teachers` Association). 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. Saskatchewan teachers have ratified a new contract with the provincial government. Schools are expected to remain closed for the remainder of the 2019/20 school year due to the COVID 19 pandemic. It is not certain that they will reopen in time for 2020-21. „However, teachers recognize that the world has changed dramatically, and contract execution allows them to focus their energy on supporting their students by continuing to adapt their teaching strategies and providing quality distance learning in an emergency for the rest of this school year.” Teachers are expected to receive a 2% pay increase in the second, third and fourth years of the agreement. Patrick Maze, President of the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association. (980 CJME file photo).