“This corresponds to a 25 percent increase in our members` preparation time,” Wozney said. “For 50 years, teachers have not seen an increase in grade and preparation time, which will help reduce persistent teacher time requirements.” The proposed contract, which Nova Scotia teachers are expected to vote on next month, involves a seven per cent pay increase over four years. The agreement also provides for an increase in the time currently given to teachers for assessment and preparation. From 1 August 2021, teachers will have at least 12.5 per cent of teaching time for assessment and preparation, average over the school year. The contract will give teachers a 7 percent salary increase over four years, with a 1.5 percent increase from August 1, 2019, a 0.5 percent increase on July 31, 2020, a 1.5 percent increase on August 1, 2019. August 2020, an increase of 0.5 percent on July 31, 2021, an increase of 1.5 percent on August 1. 2021 and an increase of 1.5 percent on August 1, 2022. The province`s Ministry of Labour confirmed the preliminary agreement in a statement from Labour Minister Mark Furey. Read more: Nova Scotia Premier rejects teachers` accusations that schools are uncertain NSTU President Paul Wozney is not publicly commenting on the details of the deal, but has made a statement to global news. The agreement on which teachers must decide does not cover issues relating to the pension plan. The government and the union agreed to address this issue outside of the collective agreement through the use of a three-member expert panel. The Nova Scotia Teachers` Union has reached a preliminary agreement with the provincial government on a new contract for its members, the organization confirmed Monday.
“Out of respect for the collective bargaining process, the NSTU will only publicly comment on the provisional agreement once a ratification vote has taken place.” Disagreements over the state of schools and reopening during the COVID-19 pandemic have also dominated the headlines. “Our members voted overwhelmingly in favor of this agreement,” Paul Wozney, president of the NSTU, said in a press release. In a provincial e-vote on Wednesday, the NSTU said 73 percent of teachers voted 94.2 percent for the interim agreement. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) announced Wednesday night that 9,300 public school teachers have approved a preliminary agreement reached on Oct. 23 between members and the provincial government that would give teachers a salary increase. The financial terms of this proposed agreement are no different from the province`s recent contract with Crown counsel. The four-year contract also included a seven percent salary increase over the duration of the contract. This eventually led to a one-day teachers` strike when thousands of people came to the provincial house to protest, while the government imposed a contract by legislation. The provisional agreement was reached last Friday after a two-day negotiating session. A total of 26 days of negotiations were devoted to the provisional agreement.
The teachers have been without a contract since July 31, 2019. The proposed agreement also provides for an increase in professional development credits for each of the regional education centres and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial, the province`s Francophone school body. The painstaking work of the bargaining team and the outcome of the vote show that this is a fair and reasonable contract for public school teachers across the province. The union has scheduled three town hall phone meetings next week to review the proposal with members and answer any questions before a ratification vote in November.