Teachers ratify central table agreement

Release Date: May 15, 2017

Alberta teachers have ratified a two-year central table agreement, opening the door for the commencement of local bargaining.

In an online vote conducted from May 11 to 14, teachers voted 78 per cent in favour of accepting the agreement, which came after months of negotiations.

“This agreement offers teachers more opportunity to direct their focus and energy on meeting the needs of their students. Teachers saw value in the agreement because it offered important improvements to teachers’ conditions of practice and to students’ learning conditions. A lot of hard work has gone into these negotiations and I would like to thank the Association’s bargaining team for their time and efforts.”

Mark Ramsankar, ATA President

Reached under a new bi-level model created with the passage of the 2015 Public Education Collective Bargaining Act, the central table agreement is also subject to ratification by the Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Association (TEBA), which is expected to vote when it meets later this month.

If approved, local bargaining will begin and the central table agreement will be incorporated into the 61 collective agreements between the Association and individual school boards. The two-year agreement would cover the term from September 1, 2016 to August 31, 2018.

President Ramsankar also wants to thank teachers for their involvement and engagement in the bargaining process.

 

“Teacher voice is such a huge part of collective bargaining and our Association. Teachers set the agenda and they decide the result. Teachers have had their say and now we have an agreement that is acceptable to teachers.”

Mark Ramsankar, ATA President

Ramsankar said he is hopeful that TEBA will ratify the agreement when it meets later this month.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its 46,000 members.