Saskatchewan teachers have voted 73 per cent to reject a proposed contract that would have seen them receive a pay hike of 5.5 per cent plus a one per cent lump sum payment.
The Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation said their members are concerned about workload, among other things.
"It's fair to say that the money was an issue," Colin Keess, president of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation, told CBC News Thursday. "The amount of the contract was an issue. The length of the contract was an issue. And little bits and pieces here and there."
Excerpt from the employer's News Release:
"The Alberta government has recently reached an agreement with teachers that will see the salary grid frozen for three years (0 per cent), followed by an increase of two per cent in 2015 and a one-time lump sum payment to be funded by government in that same year. The tentative agreement with the Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation would have provided a total of 6.5 per cent increase over four years, including a 5.5 per cent salary increase and a one per cent lump sum payment over the first two years."
- Source: Government-Trustee Bargaining Committee
The current collective agreement expired at the end of August. The federation said they will consult with teachers in preparation for a return to the negotiating table.
The province expressed disappointment that the proposal had been turned down.
According to the government's bargaining committee, teachers would have received a 5.5 per cent increase to their salaries, over four years. The proposal also included a one per cent lump sum payment over the first two years of the contract.
"While we are disappointed that the offer was rejected, we are still confident in the bargaining process," Connie Bailey, a spokesperson for the employer committee, said Thursday.