St James Teachers Association Collective Agreement
With the first month of the 2020-2021 school year, I would like to take the time to welcome all STJATA members back, albeit under difficult circumstances. The start of school this year is not like what we would traditionally consider normal. School routines have adopted a totally different appearance and feeling because of public health protocols. Through all of this, our members continued to show concern, compassion and professionalism; All the plates of dedicated teachers that we are. As we begin to integrate into our new reality of cohorts, health protocols and recreational learning, it is our students who continue to benefit from our commitment to their education and overall development. The success we had in the first reopening required collective work. We can expect additional challenges that we face, but close cooperation and collaboration with our educational partners will help ensure that safety, health and well-being are a priority in future life. «The company supports provincial negotiations at one stage, provided negotiations are fair, fair and in good faith,» said MTS President James Bedford. «We will not accept withdrawals from the gains that Aboriginal people have made over the years. A provincial collective agreement must reflect the best of the best local arrangements. «The majority of provinces have used this federal money to ensure that students and teachers receive the resources and support they need,» said STD President James Bedford.
«The Manitoba government`s inaction has led to a situation where student learning conditions and teacher working conditions are deteriorating at an alarming rate.» Bill 45 – The Public Schools Amendment Act and the mtS Amendment Act establishes a centralized bargaining model at each level for all public school teachers, with the exception of the Franco-Manitoban School Division (DSFM). Local negotiations for the DSFM regarding their unique leadership role in minority language school departments will remain in force. Currently, each of the 38 bargaining units negotiates separate collective agreements. MtS confirmed with Public Health that the exception for teachers and teaching assistants can also be considered for administrators and bus drivers if they are essential to the opening of schools and cannot be replaced.