Saskatchewan teachers to stage two day strike
The Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) will stage a two day strike next week. It happens Wednesday, May 25 and Thursday, May 26. Gwen Dueck is the spokeperson for the STF.
"The government trustee committee took less than two hours to deliberate on the proposals we brought forward. They returned to inform us that the time was not right to conclude a collective agreement," said Dueck.
Teachers went back to the table this week asking for a 16.3 per cent raise over three years. That's down from the 12 per cent over one year they had originally asked for.
The government countered with an amount slightly higher than the original offer of 5.5 per cent over three years.
Teachers are also asking for binding arbitration. The provincial government-trustee bargaining committee doesn't see that happening and neither does Labour Minister Don Morgan.
"It's not something we would be supportive of at all. It's just not a good option," said Morgan.
Parents should expect to hear from school divisions on contingency plans that will support them next week.
Talks broke down Thursday, May 19
Talks between the STF and the government-trustee bargaining committee broke off after just three days at the table.
Sandi Urban Hall with the bargaining committee said this shows the teachers are unwilling to negotiate.
Teachers already staged a one day strike back on Thursday, May 5.
Edited by News Talk Radio's Michael Aynsley.
First reported on Friday, May 20, 2011 at 6:11 a.m.