Teachers' union votes for binding arbitration

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FILE PHOTO: Bethany MacLeod, president of the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation at her desk in the federations office in Stratford.

Says 30 days of negotiations, two days of conciliation fail to bring new contract

The Prince Edward Island Teachers' Federation board of governors voted Tuesday to move to binding arbitration after 30 days of negotiations and two days of conciliation failed to bring an agreement for a new contract.

"(The) board of governors (has) shared with teachers the asking package of government and voted overwhelmingly to move to binding arbitration as a resolution for negotiations," said Bethany MacLeod, federation president.

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Teachers from across the province have indicated that what the government has offered has not addressed items such as working conditions and lack of resources. Bethany MacLeod, president, Prince Edward Island Teachers' Federation

She said several issues involving class size and preparation time are stumbling blocks in the negotiations. MacLeod also said that the agreement offered by government to teachers was less than one offered recently to two large public-sector unions on P.E.I.

"There were too many items left on the table that both sides could not agree on," she said. "Teachers from across the province have indicated that what the government has offered has not addressed items such as working conditions and lack of resources. As a result, the PEITF has chosen binding arbitration as a manner to resolve negotiations."

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  • no thanks
    December 23, 2015 - 07:36

    7.5 ers remember

  • Susan Clow
    December 23, 2015 - 02:40

    Stop complaining and get back to work, off all summer, snow days, off for Christmas march breaks and sick days must be nice. Working inside, lunch rooms and benefits.

  • Islander
    December 22, 2015 - 23:27

    I wish you teachers all the luck in your fight for good wages and good working conditions. This Minister Perry is becoming quite a guy bragging out a better system and promised to work togeather. I would be very leary of anything he told you. He is being schooled by the back room boys. Wasting millions on egaming could of went a long way for our childrens education. So, they have the money to give you teachers a fair deal