Dec. 5, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A proposed contract agreement reached with the provincial government on Oct. 27 has been voted on and ratified by members of the New Brunswick Teachers Federation, Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer announced today.
"We have reached a contract agreement that expresses our government's willingness to work with teachers over the long term to strengthen our education system," said Brewer. "While the global economic situation has changed significantly since we came to this agreement, we believe it respects the contribution teachers make to our province.
"I am particularly pleased that we came to this agreement without the need for third-party assistance."
The contract provides a wage increase of 14.5 per cent over the four-year life of the agreement. The union and government have also agreed to establish a joint committee to explore alternatives to the current model of allocating teachers, and to address teacher workload.
The agreement covers more than 7,500 teachers, and will expire on Feb. 29, 2012. Representatives of government and the union will officially sign the new collective agreement later this month.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources 506-444-5816.