Teachers to focus on class size, salary and student supports during central table talks
Teachers want to see reductions in class sizes, increases to salary and more support for student needs.
As approved by Provincial Executive Council (PEC) at its May meeting, these are the three main bargaining goals heading into the next round of central table bargaining.
The three goals are based on the results of a survey of teachers conducted in January and February. More than 11,000 teachers completed the survey that identified these as their most important issues for bargaining.
Central Table Bargaining Committee (CTBC) chair Jason Schilling shared the results of the survey in a Bargainers’ Blog post published on May 16.
“These three priorities placed well ahead of any other area mentioned,” wrote Schilling. “Of all the votes cast, 24 per cent supported reducing class size, 17 per cent favoured increased monetary compensation and another 17 per cent prioritized more support for complex student needs.”
“Our priority will be on making advancements relative
to the three bargaining goals: reduced class sizes, improved salary and better supports for student needs.”
— Jason Schilling, chair, Central Table Bargaining Committee
The blog post includes details of how CTBC plans to continue to collect teacher feedback before PEC approves a comprehensive opening proposal at its June meeting. A draft proposal for central table bargaining will be shared with members online, and a telephone town hall will be held on June 4 to answer questions about the opening proposal and to elicit further feedback from members.
Schilling wrote in the blog that the opening proposal will be the result of extensive consultations with teachers, allowing CTBC to appropriately reflect their views in bargaining with the Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Association.
Draft proposal telephone town hall
- June 4, 2018, at 7 p.m.
- Teachers will receive a call on a phone number they have provided to the ATA. (Update your contact info at profile.teachers.ab.ca.)
- Participants will hear about the opening proposal and have a chance to ask questions and share their thoughts.
- Feedback gathered will be used to draft the final opening proposal.
“We may not be able to achieve everything that we set out to,” Schilling wrote. “But our priority will be on making advancements relative to the three bargaining goals: reduced class sizes, improved salary and better supports for student needs.” ❚