Saskatchewan government increases wage offer to teachers

The Saskatchewan government has increased its wage offer to teachers and said it will also commit funds that will be applied to addressing composition challenges in classrooms.

The offer comes as teachers prepare to withdraw voluntary and extracurricular services over stalled contract talks.

Teachers are withdrawing all voluntary and extracurricular services starting Thursday, March 12.

They will also report to school and provide service no more than 15 minutes before the start of the school day. They’ll leave 15 minutes after class ends.

Teachers voted 90.2 per cent in favour of job action in February after talks with a conciliation board to reach a new contract failed.

An impasse was reached in negotiations over class size and composition. The STF wants the issue to be part of contract negotiations, while the government said it is beyond the scope of collective bargaining.

The Saskatchewan government said it struck a committee last fall to deal with the issue. The STF was offered a seat on the committee, but declined to participate.

The government and union do not have any upcoming meetings.

Teachers in the province have been without a contract since their last one expired on Aug. 31, 2019.

More to come 

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