News Online: Teachers asked to give up 4.3% raise

Published online at on January 18, 2011.

Linda Hoang, Global News: Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Teachers asked to give up 4.3% raise

Teachers across the province might have to give up a 4.3% raise they’re expected to receive later this year.

According to the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) website, Alberta Education is proposing the salary cut as part of a new agreement between the government, teachers and school boards across the province.

“The government, faced with managing a $5 billion budget deficit, is asking teachers to forgo that increase… in return for other benefits,” the union said in a release.

Those benefits would include new limits on the amount of time teachers need to spend in the classroom as well as limits placed on teachers’ time spent beyond regular classroom hours.

Other benefits in the proposed agreement is a new framework regarding professional development, a new consultation committee to address government issues, maintanence of class size and a committment to provide funding to school boards.

Along with giving up the salary hike, Alberta Education’s proposal is also asking teachers to accept that there may not be many raises in the future either.

The current five-year agreement between the ATA, ASBA and Alberta Education is in place until the end of the 2011/12 school year and ensures regular wage increases in exchange for labour peace.

But the government is now asking teachers and boards to consider replacing that agreement with a new one — one that includes the raise cut proposal.

If accepted, the new agreement would extend to 2015.

But the union says the deal wouldn’t go ahead unless every school board and every teacher bargaining unit in the province agreed to it.

The ATA says a formal proposal is expected to be presented by government in the next few weeks. At that time, more detailed information is expected for teachers and trustees.

There’s been no comment yet from Education Minister Dave Hancock, the president of the teachers’ association or the ASBA.

Click here to read the article on the Global Edmonton website.

1 Comment

  • Doublesheep says:

    Why can’t the public see how worthless education is to our government and how agreements are not agreements and teachers are abused? It’s all about money…and massive money saved. Churn out thousands of new grads and burn out the oldies! Cut class time, integrate more high needs students, lay off aides, increase outcomes and curricular “quotas” and increase data collection schedules all under the guise of technological integration: Squeeze, propagandize and lie to the public you have the “best” educational system in the world until they actually believe it! What they want is labour “piece”. A bigger piece of massive sheep-like slave labour for a bargain price with a great campaign of PR brilliance and deception. Repeat “deficit”, “cut”, “forego” “downturn” “raise cut proposal”…over and over and over. They’ll get it at some point! Oh, and the ATA and ASBA will get it’s cut too for going along with this pitiful little game as they live off the salary of teachers. (Another tax to teacher labour).

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