Teachers Collective Agreement Nova Scotia
The Nova Scotia Teachers` Union has reached a preliminary agreement with the provincial government on a new contract for its members, the organization confirmed on Monday. Differences of opinion on the state of schools and the reopening during the COVID 19 pandemic also made headlines. “This is a 25% increase in preparation time for our members,” Wozney said. “Teachers have not seen an increase in marking and preparation time in the last 50 years, which will help reduce persistent teaching time requirements.” The contract gives teachers a 7 per cent pay increase over four years, with an increase of 1.5 per cent on 1 August 2019, an increase of 0.5 per cent at July 31, 2020, an increase of 1.5 per cent at August 1, 2020, an increase of 0.5 per cent at July 31, 2021, an increase of 1.5 per cent at August 1, 2021 and an increase of 1.5 per cent on August 1, 2022. Read more: Nova Scotia Premier rejects teachers` accusations that schools are unsafe The proposed agreement also includes increases in professional development credits for each of the regional teaching centres and the Provincial Acadian School Board, the province`s Francophone school board. The financial terms of this proposed agreement are no different from the province`s recent contract with Crown`s lawyers. The four-year contract also included a 7 per cent pay increase over the life of the contract. “Our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this agreement,” NSTU President Paul Wozney said in a press release. This eventually led to a one-day teacher strike, when thousands of people descended on La Province House to protest, while the government imposed a contract by law. The agreement also provides for an increase in the time given to teachers for identification and preparation.
As of 1 August 2021, teachers have at least 12.5 per cent of the teaching time for marking and preparing on average for the school year. “Out of respect for collective bargaining, the NSTU will not publicly vote on the interim agreement until after a ratification vote.” The interim agreement was reached last Friday after a two-day round of negotiations. A total of 26 days of negotiations were put to the provisional agreement.