Teachers Will Bargain Provincially

The provincial government today introduced legislation that will replace the current system of local bargaining, for public school teachers, with a provincial model for all new collective agreements.

Bill 45 – The Public Schools Amendment and MTS Amendment Act will establish a single tier, centralized bargaining model for all public school teachers, with the exception of the Division scolaire franco-manitobaine (DSFM).  Local bargaining will remain in effect for the DSFM in respect of their unique management role in minority language school divisions.

“The Society supports single tier provincial bargaining, providing that bargaining is fair, equitable and done in good faith,” said MTS president James Bedford. “We will not accept rollbacks in any of the gains that locals have achieved over the years. A provincial collective agreement must be reflective of the best of the best in local agreements.”

Current collective agreements will remain in effect until expiration.

“We will act decisively and fairly to ensure the best interests of our members are at the forefront of negotiations at a central table,” he said.

The implementation date of this bill will be dependent on its passage through the legislative process.