Teachers vote to accept 4-year wage deal
Newfoundland and Labrador's teachers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a four-year deal that will guarantee a salary hike of more than 21 per cent.
About 93 per cent of voting members approved of the deal, which follows a four-year wage template that the Danny Williams government has asked public-sector unions to accept.
Sean Noah, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers' Association, said the deal will mean "teachers will realize a significant increase in their income."
The agreement comes the same day that the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses' Union, a holdout among public service unions, said it was delaying a strike vote on grounds that an "essential worker" agreement was not yet in place.
The nurses union insists the four-year wage template is unacceptable.
In a statement, Noah said the NLTA left many important goals at the bargaining table.
"We were not able to make gains in the important areas of teacher leaves, substitute days or professional development at this time, but there were gains made in some areas," Noah said.
The NLTA's executive and branch presidents had recommended acceptance of the contract, after a tentative deal was reached in December, two weeks before a government deadline on the four-year template was to expire. After Dec. 31, government said it could not guarantee the terms of the four-year deal, which includes an eight-per-cent bump in the first year.
Noah said the new contract for teachers adds an allowance for educational psychologists, which should help with recruitment.
Allowances for teachers travelling on school board business have also been hiked.