Central table bargaining continued in early November with two full days of negotiations taking place and negotiators signing off on a minor change to the collective agreement.
Following two previous meetings in September and October, the Central Table Bargaining Committee (CTBC) met with the Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Association (TEBA) on Nov. 8 and 9.
“In addition to the good conversation, I can say that some measurable progress has also been made, as we signed off on a minor change to the collective agreement,” said Carmen Glossop, CTBC member and district representative for Edmonton–McMurray.
Glossop is the author of the latest Bargainer’s Blog, which is now available in the “Bargaining Updates” section of the ATA website. The blog post outlines the need to avoid sharing details about the changes that have been agreed to thus far.
“We’re making progress but, in order to maintain confidentiality at the table, we can’t share specifics at this time,” Glossop says.
With this round of negotiations, CTBC has taken a more interest-focused approach than it has in previous rounds. This process allows for a more thorough and deep understanding of the issues and interests of the other party, but progress can take longer.
“The interactions at the table continue to be positive and good dialogue is occurring on significant issues to teachers,” Glossop says.
One more bargaining date is scheduled to take place before the Christmas break and dates have also been confirmed for the new year.
As bargaining continues, teachers will continue to receive regular updates through the Bargainer’s Blog and emailed member’s updates. Anyone with questions is encouraged to reach out to your local Teacher Welfare Committee representative. ❚