Teachers Provincial Agreement Ns

NSTU Chairman Paul Wozney does not comment publicly on the details of the deal, but made a statement to Global News. “It`s a big change. The fact that teachers were able to vote with confidence to support a deal with the same government that made a contract about them a few years ago is a remarkable moment for them,” Wozney said Wednesday night. The province`s Ministry of Labour confirmed the preliminary agreement in a statement from Labour Minister Mark Furey. “. Beyond this last round, teachers have never failed to ratify the province of Nova Scotia and obtain an agreement in good faith. This is our story, and we`re happy to be back to the one we know works and helps us all. “It may not be what we want to accomplish around the table, but it`s a fair deal considering where we are as a province,” said Mr. Wozney, adding that the seven percent increase “is money well spent,” which will eventually be returned to the municipalities where teachers live. The Nova Scotia Teachers` Union has reached a preliminary agreement with the provincial government on a new contract for its members, the organization confirmed Monday.

“This is a testament to their solidarity, their confidence in their leadership, and we have proven once again that good faith processes help New Scotians do fair business for the people of Nova Scotia, for the government and for our teachers.” This eventually led to a one-day teachers` strike when thousands of people came to the provincial house to protest, while the government imposed a contract by legislation. “This corresponds to a 25 percent increase in our members` preparation time,” Wozney said. “For 50 years, teachers have not seen an increase in grade and preparation time, which will help reduce persistent teacher time requirements.” The agreement on which teachers must decide does not cover issues relating to the pension plan. The government and the union agreed to address this issue outside of the collective agreement through the use of a three-member expert panel. “The outlier in the history of work between teachers and the province was the last round where the government used the legislature as a weapon against teachers. We will always believe that it was not necessary,” Wozney said. “[This agreement] is a way for the government to be accountable and stabilize the economy by ensuring that public sector employees can be useful actors in economic growth, so the agreement has a wave far greater than what is good for teachers.” The contract asks teachers for a 7 percent increase over four years, with a 1.5 percent increase starting in August.