“Our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this agreement,” NSTU President Paul Wozney said in a press release. “It is a testament to their solidarity, their faith in their leadership, and we have proven once again that good faith processes help Scots do fair business for the people of Nova Scotia, for the government and for our teachers.” Nova Scotia teachers have officially ratified their new contract with the provincial government. The proposed agreement also provides for an increase in professional development credits for each of the regional training centres and the Provincial Acadian School Board, the Province`s Francophone School Board. “It`s a huge change. The fact that teachers were able to vote with confidence to support an agreement with the same government that, until a few years ago, was regulating a contract on them, is a remarkable moment for them,” Wozney said Wednesday night. NSTU President Paul Wozney did not speak publicly about the details of the agreement, but made a statement to Global News. “[This deal] is a way to make government accountable and stabilize the economy by ensuring that public sector employees can be useful participants in the drivers of economic growth, so that the deal has a much longer wavelength than is good for teachers. The agreement also provides for an increase in the time given to teachers for identification and preparation. As of 1 August 2021, teachers have at least 12.5 per cent of the teaching time for marking and preparing on average for the school year. Read more: Nova Scotia`s Premier rejects teachers` accusations that schools are unsafe The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has tentatively agreed with the provincial government on a new contract for its members, the organization confirmed on Monday. The NSTU represents the approximately 9,300 teachers in the public class through Grade 12 12.
The interim agreement was reached last Friday after a two-day round of negotiations. A total of 26 days of negotiations were put to the provisional agreement. Teachers have been out of contract since July 31, 2019. “The outlier of the history of work between teachers and the province was the last time the government used the legislature as a weapon against teachers. We still believe it wasn`t necessary,” Wozney said. Earlier this year, the union filed a bargaining complaint against the provincial government after the province proposed to withdraw the teachers from the negotiations, but that complaint was eventually dropped. “… Apart from this last round, the teachers never failed to reach a good faith agreement with the province of Nova Scotia. This is our story, and we are happy to be back to what we know, that works and that helps us all. “Out of respect for collective bargaining, the NSTU will not publicly vote on the interim agreement until after a ratification vote. This eventually led to a one-day teacher strike, when thousands of people descended on Province House to protest, while the government imposed a contract by law. The contract gives teachers a 7 per cent pay increase over four years, with an increase of 1.5 per cent in the first year.
August 2019, an increase of 0.5 per cent at July 31, 2020, an increase of 1.5 per cent on 1 August 2020, an increase of 0.5 per cent at 31 July 2021, an increase of 1.5 per cent on 1 August 2021 and an increase of 1.5 per cent on 1 August 2022. The proposed contract Nova Scotia teachers are invited to vote on next month will include a seven per cent pay increase over four years. The province`s Ministry of Labour confirmed the preliminary agreement in a statement from Labour Minister Mark Furey. “It may not be what we want around the table, but it`s a fair deal, considering where we are fiscally provincial,” Wozney said, adding that the 7 per cent increase is “well-spent money” that is eventually returned to the communities where teachers live.