The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation says it has suspended talks on a new collective agreement.
President Patrick Maze says it was a necessary decision pointing to what the Federation calls “continued delays” in appointing new members to the Educational Relations Board.
“We have had no direct contact with the Ministry since filing a court application to force the appointment of members to the Board, so we simply have no idea what their plans are,” Maze said in a news release Wednesday morning. “I find the government’s lack of commitment to ensuring a fair and just process to be quite troubling.
Maze says once the Board appointments have been made, he’s confident bargaining can resume as both sides seem committed to making progress on reaching a new collective agreement for teachers.
“There’s simply no point in continuing negotiations without a functioning board in place,” Maze said. “It’s just too risky. There would be no mechanism to guarantee the fair and transparent implementation and monitoring of teacher collective bargaining agreements.”
Maze says the STF has to rely on the courts to resolve this issue
The application to the courts to force the appointment of members to the board was made on October 2 and is scheduled to be heard by the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon on October 24.