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Thursday, 19 May 2011 23:52

Teachers accuse government of not bargaining in good faith

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Once again the Government of Saskatchewan and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association have devalued teachers. Contract talks concluded May 19 afternoon after the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee failed to bargain in good faith.

“Saskatchewan teachers came to the bargaining table with the assumption that the government was fully prepared to bring increased resources to the table,” said Gwen Dueck, spokesperson for the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee. “Instead, we heard that the government was prepared to provide teachers with an additional 0.55 per cent increase from their offer of 5.5 per cent over three years.”

Dueck added that the government’s words and actions are not matching up. “We hear that teachers are valued but there seems to be little willingness to demonstrate that in a collective agreement. Instead, teachers are being threatened with layoffs and being attacked for wanting to take part in Saskatchewan’s booming economy.”

Dueck and STF President Steven Allen will unveil future actions the teachers may take at a press conference in Saskatoon the morning of May 20.

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