In a decision released late Friday afternoon, the arbitration panel established to determine teachers’ salaries for the 2018/19 and 2019/2020 school years decided that teacher salary grids would remain frozen.
“This decision will mean that in seven of the last eight years, teachers will have received no overall improvement in their salaries,” observed ATA president Jason Schilling.
“Since 2012, teacher salary increases have been 0, 0, 0, 2, 0, 0, 0 and 0. The province has not been in recession for 8 years—teachers have already done their share.”
“This decision just kicks the can down the road,” said Schilling. “Teachers will seek to correct this situation in the next round of collective bargaining.”
With the current agreement expiring August 31, 2020, negotiations toward a new agreement will commence in March.
“The stakes are going to be higher than ever. Frankly, Alberta teachers are tired of having to pay for the continuing failure of successive governments to adequately fund public education.”
While teachers will be disappointed with this result, the government was not able to obtain the two percent decrease in salaries it was seeking.
Over the next few days, the Association will be examining the award carefully and considering options for the future.
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.