Alberta Teachers’ Association president Jason Schilling issued the following statement in response to Finance Minister Travis Toews’ release calling for a 2 per cent salary rollback for public sector workers:
“I am glad that we have a fair and independent arbitrator who will look at the facts and make a reasonable determination on teacher salaries for 2019. I expect the government to not interfere.
It is becoming clear, especially after the budget’s pension grab, that the government has no respect for teachers and is not willing to treat them fairly.
Teachers are angry and frustrated. They are tired of being told that they will have to do more with less, yet again.
Teachers have already contributed to help the government’s financial woes, taking six years of zero in the last seven years.
In the same time, class sizes have rapidly grown and student supports have evaporated. This year’s budget represents a $275 million cut to funding, when growth is accounted for.
This government is reaching into students’ classrooms and teachers’ pockets in order to pay off a $4.7 billion handout to large corporations.”
- Jason Schilling, ATA president
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.
For more information, or to arrange an interview with ATA president Jason Schilling, contact Mark Milne at 780-905-0014.