The Southwest School Division negotiated employment contracts with a number of workers` groups. Links to copies of the agreements and related information follow below. In a press release released Thursday night, the Saskatchewan Teachers` Association announced that its members voted 85 per cent for the new four-year contract. The vote took place between Tuesday and Thursday. The union and the government reached an interim agreement on 22 April. The agreement is retroactive to September 1 last year and runs until August 31, 2023. Collective bargaining is a major responsibility of school boards, both under the 1995 Education Act and in the Trade Union Act. The provincial agreement is between the Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation (STF) and the provincial government and the Saskatchewan School Boards` Association (SSBA), which represents Sun West and other local school departments. Click here to see the Saskatchewan Teachers` Provincial Agreement. Collective bargaining is a problem-solving process. The board of directors and the teacher have the same goal – the best possible training for all students. There may be different perspectives on how to achieve this goal. The solution to the problem is to reach an agreement that puts children first and does good for both sides.
The Education Act 1995 provides for two-phase negotiations with teachers. The local agreement is between the Sun West Teachers` Association (SWTA) and the Sun-West School Division. “The adoption of this agreement does not signal that teachers` concerns have been addressed,” STF President Patrick Maze said in the statement. Teachers employed in the Southwest School Division are subject to a provincial convention and local agreement. Non-educational and school employees are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4802. Benefits and working conditions are described in a collective agreement negotiated with the Southwest School Division. Collective Agreement C.U.P.E. Local 4802 Sept. 1, 2017 to August 31, 2021 “If the government does not implement significant changes, we will explore all avenues, including future rounds of negotiations, to ensure that the needs of students are met.” The Education Act 1995 allows for additional issues to be negotiated at the provincial and local levels, if both parties agree.
Each party has the right to refuse to negotiate an additional case. Local agreements must not contain important provisions for provincial negotiations and no agreement may include provisions for teacher selection, curriculum, curriculum or professional methods and techniques. Saskatchewan teachers have ratified a new contract with the provincial government.