Nova Scotia

N.S. teachers back deal with gov't

Nova Scotia's 10,000 public school teachers have backed a tentative agreement between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the provincial government.

Nova Scotia's 10,000 public school teachers have backed a tentative agreement between the Nova Scotia Teachers Union and the provincial government.

The deal was reached Sept. 23 and ratified Friday.

"Our members voted to accept the contract," NSTU president Alexis Allen said in a media release. "The union will now be preparing for the next round of bargaining."

The electronic vote was held Thursday and Friday and saw 78 per cent of teachers cast a ballot. Of those, 63.3 per cent backed the deal.  

It will give teachers a one per cent salary increase in each of the next two years. The contract will expire on July 31, 2012. The previous contract expired July 31, 2010.

The agreement also includes a commitment from the Department of Education to strike a joint committee to consider workload issues including reduction or elimination of unnecessary administrative tasks and data collection.

"Teachers are telling us that these issues must be addressed so they can spend more time improving student learning and less time on paperwork," Allen said.

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