As the Alberta Teachers’ Association takes steps to begin the next round of central table bargaining, local bargaining is continuing in a little more than half of the 61 local bargaining units around the province. As of the end of January, 27 local bargaining units reported that they had agreements in place, meaning 34 units are still at the table.
Under a new bi-level model introduced by the NDP government, a central table agreement between teachers and a group representing their employers was finalized in May of last year. That agreement covers the period from September 2016 to August 2018. This cleared the way for local bargaining units to beginning negotiating on local matters. Local agreements, covering that same time period, started falling into place this past September and have continued since. There were six new agreements reported in December and nine more in January. ❚