February 13, 2020

Government Trustee Bargaining Committee Releases Conciliation Board Report

The Government Trustee Bargaining Committee (GTBC) and the Teachers’ Bargaining Committee (TBC) met with the Conciliation Board from January 21-24 in Saskatoon.  The GTBC felt that during these meetings progress was being made on a number of items.  The Conciliation Board has now completed their report and the GTBC is pleased to release the report in full.

A summary of the main recommendations in the report are:

  • Compensation: The Conciliation Board is recommending a one per cent salary increase for year one and two per cent salary increases for years two and three.  This is in addition to the one per cent increase that teachers received in September, 2019.
  • Class Size and Composition: The board recommends the parties, Saskatchewan School Boards Association and the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation (STF), meet with the Minister of Education in the next four weeks to explore potential partnerships to support classroom student learning and teacher working environment.  The conciliator did not recommend that class size and composition be included in the collective bargaining agreement.

“I thank the conciliation board for their work and look forward to both parties returning to the bargaining table,” Education Minister Gordon Wyant said.  “We recognize that the issue of class size and composition needs to be dealt with collaboratively and the conciliation report reflects that.  We are encouraged that the GTBC offer is very close to what the conciliation board has now recommended.”

The GTBC has had an opportunity to review the report and are ready and able to get back to the bargaining table with the TBC to discuss aspects of the report.  The GTBC looks forward to continue working together with the STF to reach a deal as soon as possible for teachers.