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Saskatchewan teachers staged one-day strike

Withdrawal of services highlighted value of teachers' work.

Dueck: Government must demonstrate education is a priority by valuing teachers and their services.Saskatoon, SK: Every member of the Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) withdrew full professional and voluntary services on May 5, 2011, to take part in a one-day study day and rally.

Teachers attended study sessions in locations across the province on Thursday. Regina and area teachers also took part in a "For Our Future" rally at the Legislative Building. Teachers returned to full professional and voluntary services on May 6.

"Teachers remain committed to returning to the bargaining table to conclude an agreement that affirms the worth of teachers," said Gwen Dueck, chief spokesperson for the Teachers' Bargaining Committee. "We do not want to employ sanctions but clearly the provincial government and the Saskatchewan School Boards Association have not heard the message of teachers."

Dueck added, "Our province is experiencing unprecedented growth and wealth and yet teachers are not being included in the province's wealth. This government needs to demonstrate that education is a priority and that teachers and the service they provide are valued."

Currently, teachers with a four-year degree starting out in Saskatchewan earn $7,560 a year less than the Western Canadian average. After ten years of service, that number increases to $9,423 less than the Western Canadian average.

In a province-wide vote on April 13, 2011, Saskatchewan teachers expressed overwhelming support for sanctions.

Teachers have been engaged in a protracted negotiation process for the last 11 months and have been without a contract since August 31, 2010.

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  Saskatchewan Teachers to Withdraw All Services Province-wide

Posted: May 11, 2011

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