Teachers at Impasse with Government: Will Vote to Impose Sanctions

The Teachers’ Bargaining Committee has hit a roadblock in negotiations with the Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee, leading them to request conciliation. On October 24 and 25, teachers will vote on whether to impose sanctions.

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Samantha Becotte expressed frustration, saying, “The government’s lack of significant movement on crucial issues for teachers, students, and families has left us with no choice.”

In a release Becotte continued “We’re always ready to negotiate, but as it stands today, this feels pointless.”

Teachers are advocating for a new agreement that addresses key education issues, such as class size, composition, and support for students. Despite rising enrollment, there are fewer teachers and professional supports, with the government rejecting nine out of ten teacher proposals.

Becotte criticized the government for cutting education funding and offering salary increases below inflation for nearly a decade, focusing on divisive matters. She called for more accountability and a government that truly serves Saskatchewan families.

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation encourages those concerned about public education to attend upcoming rallies across the province and reach out to their MLA.

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