Dec. 17, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Government ministers and the New Brunswick Teachers' Federation (NBTF) today officially signed a collective agreement that applies to more than 7,500 teachers across the province.
"I would like to thank both the government and union negotiating teams for their tireless work to achieve this contract agreement that will serve teachers well over the next four years," said Minister of Human Resources Rick Brewer.
The contract provides a wage increase of 14.5 per cent over the four-year life of the agreement, which is valued at $170 million, and which expires on Feb. 29, 2012. 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.
Brewer was joined at the signing by Minister of Finance Victor Boudreau and Minister of Education Kelly Lamrock, along with representatives from the provincial and NBTF negotiating teams.
"I want to congratulate both parties on getting together to reach this agreement," Boudreau said. "Education is one of the keys to self-sufficiency, and our government greatly appreciates the contribution teachers make to New Brunswick and its future."
"I am pleased with the successful outcome to these negotiations," said Lamrock. "This government values the role that teachers play in the lives of our children, and we will continue to work in partnership with New Brunswick's teachers to build the best education system in Canada."
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5816.