Collective bargaining is a major responsibility of school boards under both The Education Act, 1995 and The Trade Union Act.
Bargaining with Teachers
The Education Act, 1995 provides for bi-level bargaining with teachers.
Items negotiated at the provincial level are:
More information on the legislative framework is available by clicking here. Also, as a result of a memorandum of agreement arising from the 2000-2002 Provincial Collective Agreement, a committee was established to examine good practices and dispute resolution. The Joint Committee on Good Practices and Dispute Resolution issued a report in December 2002. The Committee made a number of specific recommendations in the report for considerations by the parties.
Items negotiated at the local level by individual school boards are:
The Education Act, 1995 allows additional matters to be bargained at the provincial and local levels if agreed by both parties. Either party has the right to refuse to negotiate an additional matter. Local agreements may not contain provisions that are matters for provincial bargaining, and no agreement can contain provisions for the selection of teachers, course of study, the program of studies, or professional methods and techniques.
The Education Act, 1995 prohibits negotiation of the following at both the provincial and local levels:
Collective bargaining is a problem-solving process. Both board members and teachers are focused on the same goal - the best education possible for all students. There may be differing perspectives about how to achieve this goal. The solution to the problem is arriving at an agreement that puts children first and that both parties feel good about.
Phone: (306) 569-0750
Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement - Effective September 1, 2010 to August 31, 2013
Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement - Effective September 1, 2007 to August 31, 2010
Good Practices and Dispute Resolution - The Report of the Joint Committee of the Parties to the Provincial Collective Bargaining Agreement - January 1, 2000 to August 31, 2002