Teachers' union votes for binding arbitration

Published on December 22, 2015

Bethany MacLeod, president of the P.E.I. Teachers' Federation at her desk in the federations office in Stratford on Thursday, Oct. 29, 2015.

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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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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."