Ottawa…The Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) urges the Saskatchewan provincial government and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association to return to the bargaining table as soon as possible with their 12,000 teachers who have been without a contract since August 31, 2010.
Because bargaining has been a long and arduous process, members of the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF) are stepping up their efforts and withdrawing their professional and voluntary services on May 5 as part of a one-day study day and rally. The issues at stake are professional recognition and remuneration.
“Teachers are custodians of our education system,” explains CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. “These highly qualified professionals help to open up windows of opportunities for their students and help pave the way to a prosperous future. However, valuing the work that teachers do must translate into a salary that reflects their important role. This is not the case in Saskatchewan.
“It is inexcusable for a province experiencing such tremendous growth and prosperity to willfully undervalue the work of teachers. That is why CTF and its Member organizations representing 200,000 teachers fully support our Saskatchewan colleagues in their ongoing efforts to improve teaching and learning conditions,” says CTF President Mary-Lou Donnelly. “Just as teachers are committed to their students, we hope the provincial government and school boards association will show their commitment and support for public education.”
CTF is the national alliance of 200,000 teachers across Canada and a member of Education International.
Spokesperson: Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
Media contact: Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)