Province, Teachers Reach Tentative Contract Agreement

Department of Education (to March 26, 2013)

February 7, 2009 12:03 PM

The province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union have reached a tentative contract agreement.

Negotiators with the province and the NSTU, representing 10,000 public school teachers, reached the agreement late Friday, Feb. 6, after three days of conciliation.

The union's bargaining team will recommend to its provincial executive that the contract be accepted. The provincial executive will meet next week to discuss the tentative agreement before making a recommendation to members.

"We are pleased we have reached a tentative agreement," said Education Minister Judy Streatch. "I congratulate both parties for working hard to reach an agreement without any disruption to student learning."

"We believe this tentative agreement recognizes the importance of retaining qualified teachers and will enable all parties to work together to meet the challenges of providing a quality education to our students in these challenging times," said NSTU president Alexis Allen.

The teachers' contract expired on July 31, 2008. There were 20 bargaining sessions since April 2008, plus three meetings this week with conciliator Charles Weir.

Details of the tentative agreement will not be released until the agreement is considered by union members.


FOR BROADCAST USE:

     The province and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union have reached

a tentative contract agreement.

     The union's bargaining team will recommend to its provincial

executive the contract be accepted.

     Details of the tentative agreement will not be released

until the agreement is ratified.

     Education Minister Judy Streatch says the tentative

agreement is good news for public education.

     Union president Alexis Allen says the deal will help retain

qualified teachers and ensure students get a quality education in

challenging times.
     
     The NSTU represents 10,000 public school teachers. The

teachers' contract expired on July 31st, 2008.

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Media Contacts: Peter McLaughlin
                Department of Education
                902-424-8286
                Cell: 225-4483
                E-mail: mclaugpx@gov.ns.ca

                Paul McCormick
                Nova Scotia Teachers Union
                Cell: 902-430-2347
                E-mail: pmccormick@nstu.ca