Province’s teachers agree to binding arbitration

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation has decided to enter binding arbitration for wages and class complexity-accountability framework issues. 

This decision follows member consultations and means the work-to-rule sanction will end today at 4 p.m. 

STF President Samantha Becotte noted that teachers believe arbitration is the best way to address class complexity and provide stability. 

The Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee has agreed to include class complexity in the arbitration. 

Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill issued a statement, saying “Binding arbitration will provide predictability in the lives of students, families, and teachers as the school year comes to an end, all while allowing for a path to the finalization of a new provincial collective agreement.”

An arbitrator will be appointed soon, with the hearing expected to take a few days.

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