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 Education Act 1995 provides for two-phase negotiations with teachers. "The adoption of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been addressed," STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement. Teachers employed in the Southwest School Division are subject to a provincial convention and local agreement. "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." The Education Act 1995 allows for additional issues to be negotiated at the provincial and local levels, if both parties agree. Each party has the right to refuse to negotiate an additional case. Local agreements must not contain important provisions for provincial negotiations and no agreement may include provisions for teacher selection, curriculum, curriculum or professional methods and techniques. 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 local agreement is between the Sun West Teachers` Association (SWTA) and the Sun-West School Division. For more information on the legal framework, click here. In addition, an agreement under the 2000-2002 national collective agreement established a committee to review good practice and dispute resolution.
The Joint Commission on Good Practice and Dispute Resolution published a report in December 2002. In the report, the committee made a number of specific recommendations for stakeholder reflection. A bitter contractual dispute between the province`s 13,000 teachers and the Saskatchewan government is over after teachers ratify a new contract.