The president of the Alberta Teachers’ Association questions why the education minister has asked trustees whether they would consider a legislated settlement for teachers.
Government-made contracts have not worked well for teachers in B.C. or Ontario, Carol Henderson said.
She said she hopes Alberta’s 62 local school boards will continue to bargain separately with teachers.
"We think that it's worked very well for Alberta in the past. We've been able to build up a very good relationship with trustees, with parents, with the ministry and I have no idea why he'd risk that relationship," Henderson said.
A spokesperson for Alberta Education Minister Jeff Johnson said the idea of a legislated deal came up a few months ago when a trustee raised it with him.
Since then, Johnston has asked school boards if they think legislation would ever be appropriate.
The minister is getting mixed reviews and has no view of his own on the idea, his spokesperson said.