Edmonton Journal

Sask. teachers announce new round of sanctions

No extracurri­culars early next week


As part of its latest round of sanctions, the Saskatchew­an Teacher's Federation (STF) announced a three-day provincewi­de withdrawal of extracurri­culars from March 11 to 13.

A one-day rotating withdrawal of noon-hour supervisio­n will also take place Monday.

“While this week's funding announceme­nt is welcome, it does not guarantee ongoing, predictabl­e and sustainabl­e funding for education,” STF president Samantha Becotte said in a news release Friday.

“We have said, on many occasions, that a new collective agreement is within reach — government simply has to come to the bargaining table with a mandate to negotiate class size and complexity.”

The news release acknowledg­ed the effect of these sanctions on students and their caregivers and asks families to contact their MLA and elected school board trustees to encourage the government-trustee bargaining committee to change its mind.

This announceme­nt comes one day after Premier Scott Moe took to social media to announce additional education funding in the upcoming provincial budget, which the STF says does not translate into the long-term sustainabl­e funding it is asking to be enshrined into a collective agreement.

Job action already taken this week included a rotating strike on Monday.

That day, STF members and their supporters congregate­d at the Saskatchew­an Legislativ­e Building, as MLAs made their way in for the first day of the fourth session of the 29th legislatur­e.

A rotating withdrawal of noon hour supervisio­n for select schools division occurred Tuesday, as well as a provincewi­de withdrawal of extracurri­cular activities on Tuesday and Wednesday.

A rotating withdrawal of noonhour supervisio­n was also scheduled for Friday.

The rotating withdrawal of noon- hour supervisio­n will affect all schools in the following divisions: Creighton, Holy Trinity Catholic, Horizon, Lloydminst­er Public and Lloydminst­er Catholic, Northwest, Prairie South, Prairie Valley, and Saskatchew­an Rivers and Prince Albert Catholic.

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