N.S. teachers offered 2% wage hike
Union urges acceptance of 2 year deal
Nova Scotia teachers have been offered a one per cent wage increase in each of two years, CBC News has learned.
The executive of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union is recommending acceptance of the tentative two-year agreement reached with the province.
The wage increase is in line with what most other provincial civil servants received.
Some of the first sessions to explain the contract to teachers were held Tuesday evening in Halifax and Dartmouth.
One teacher, who wasn't willing to be identified, described the deal as "disappointing," while another said the deal may be a tough sell.
"We are trying to look at it logically. Feeling may interfere with good decisions, so we're going to deliver information back to our schools, back to our membership, and they need to take a close look at what has been proposed," she said.
The agreement essentially maintains the status quo. Only substitute teachers and school principals appear to have made modest gains.
Some teachers were upset the union refused to reveal its original pitch to the government.
The province's 10,000 teachers will vote on the proposed deal Oct. 6.
The last contract expired on July 31, 2010.