Samantha Becotte

Teachers “Resoundingly” Reject Government’s Final Offer.

Teachers “Resoundingly” Reject Government’s Final Offer.

May 9, 2024 | 7:41pm
Its back to the drawing board for the Sask Party Government and the province’s teachers after STF members voted to reject the latest settlement offer. A news release from the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation says 90 percent of those who voted, rejected the deal. The STF says 92.2 percent of eligible members voted. Teachers have been […]
Cockrill Refuses Olive Branch Extended by STF

Cockrill Refuses Olive Branch Extended by STF

Mar 15, 2024 | 10:53am
In Saskatchewan, tensions between teachers and the provincial government have escalated as contract negotiations hit another roadblock. The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) issued a notice of rotating noon-hour supervision withdrawal for March 18 and 19, following Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill’s refusal to engage in binding arbitration regarding class size and complexity issues. The STF had […]
Government strikes deal with school boards about classroom supports and mental health resources

Government strikes deal with school boards about classroom supports and mental health resources

Mar 8, 2024 | 10:16am
The Saskatchewan government has inked a multi-year funding agreement with the Saskatchewan School Boards Association (SSBA), along with the endorsement of locally elected boards of education. The agreement ensures a minimum of $356.6 million annually for four years, dedicated to classroom supports and an additional investment in youth mental health resources. This substantial budget marks […]
Teachers Refuse to Take Bait: No Deal Til Gov Issues “Irrevocable Collective Agreement”

Teachers Refuse to Take Bait: No Deal Til Gov Issues “Irrevocable Collective Agreement”

Mar 7, 2024 | 5:08am
*Updated with Quotes from Samantha Becotte* The tension between Saskatchewan’s teachers and the provincial government reached new heights today as Premier Scott Moe yesterday unveiled a significant education funding increase of $180 million. The move, strategically timed ahead of the budget’s official introduction on March 20th, was met with skepticism and accusations from the Saskatchewan […]
Sask. Teachers advise to expect escalation in job sanctions

Sask. Teachers advise to expect escalation in job sanctions

Feb 16, 2024 | 9:43am
Amid Teacher Appreciation Week, the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation is notifying the public and the government that they will escalate job sanctions for students when classes resume on February 26. Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation President Samantha Becotte said that if the government does not get serious about bargaining, they can anticipate that job action will continue and […]
Teachers preparing next steps as Government walks away from bargaining table.

Teachers preparing next steps as Government walks away from bargaining table.

Feb 13, 2024 | 10:36pm
The Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation is planning to return to job action as soon as this Friday, as government negotiators walked away from the bargaining table. The STF and Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee were meeting in Saskatoon for talks that began on Monday. The two sides were supposed to meet again late Tuesday afternoon, when the government’s […]

STF President hopeful teachers and province can reach agreement with CBA expiring this summer

May 26, 2023 | 1:55pm

With their collective bargaining agreement expiring in August, the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) and the province are holding meetings to come together on their next one. The current agreement was signed in 2019; since then, Samantha Becotte, the president of STF, said that over the years, teachers have been discussing the challenges they face in […]

Teachers union asking why new distance learning Crown corporation is being rushed

Dec 7, 2022 | 4:30pm

The provincial government announced their intention to set up a crown corporation for Distance Learning, which leaves the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation (STF) asking…. why? The STF said the government is “proceeding blindly without meaningful consultation”, according to a media release, and that the aggressive timeline suggests a lack of awareness of the current state of […]

Saskatchewan Teachers Federation elects new president

May 31, 2022 | 4:43pm

The Saskatchewan Teachers Federation has elected a new president. Lloydminster teacher Samantha Becotte was elected to the role at STF’s 89th Annual Meeting of Council. Becotte said it’s an honour to be elected and represent over 13,000 teachers. “I am so excited to represent the teachers of Saskatchewan, and I hope to bring some positive […]