Alberta reaches agreement with 40,000 teachers

Release Date: March 15, 2013

After more than two years of discussions, the Redford government has reached a tentative four-year agreement with the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA). The agreement will maintain labour stability for the province’s 600,000 school kids and address teacher workload issues.

“I am exceptionally pleased that we were able to come to an agreement with our teachers that puts students first,” said Premier Alison Redford. “We wouldn't have one of the world's best education systems without the outstanding skills Alberta teachers bring to our classrooms each and every day.”

“This agreement provides valuable stability in education, for students and for teachers, over the next four years,” said Alberta Teachers’ Association President Carol Henderson. “We will be recommending this offer to teachers. It contains important elements to help provide teachers with more time to focus on improving student learning.”

“I want to express my personal thanks to everyone for their hard work,” said Education Minister Jeff Johnson. “The stability and cost certainty this agreement represents means we can get on with implementing Inspiring Education initiatives and make a great system even stronger.”

The four-year province-wide framework will see the salary grid for nearly 40,000 Alberta teachers frozen for three years, followed by an increase of two per cent in 2015 and a one-time lump sum payment to be funded by government in that same year. The ATA has recommended this agreement to its teachers who will now be asked to vote on it. Alberta’s 62 school boards will go through a similar process. Talks on issues of a local nature will continue between ATA locals and their respective school boards.

A commitment to review teachers’ workload is the cornerstone of the agreement. Alberta Education will conduct an internal review, as well as a third-party study, to look at how teacher workloads can be adjusted in a way that improves the educational experience of Alberta’s 600,000 students. Similar reviews will be carried out by each of Alberta’s 62 school boards.

Transmittal letter from Premier Alison Redford
Proposed Framework Agreement
Comfort Letter
Highlights of the Framework Agreement (Points forts del'entente)
Further information on offer

For more information, contact

Laura Harris
Media Relations Officer
Alberta Teachers' Association
780-977-6766 (cell)

Kim Capstick
Press Secretary
Alberta Education
780-405-2983 (cell)
Twitter: @Kim_Cap
To call toll-free within Alberta dial 310-0000