OTTAWA, May 5 /CNW/ - The Canadian Teachers' Federation (CTF) urges the
Saskatchewan provincial government and the Saskatchewan School Boards
Association to return to the bargaining table as soon as possible with
their 12,000 teachers who have been without a contract since August 31,
Because bargaining has been a long and arduous process, members of the
Saskatchewan Teachers' Federation (STF) are stepping up their efforts
and withdrawing their professional and voluntary services on May 5 as
part of a one-day study day and rally. The issues at stake are
professional recognition and remuneration.
"Teachers are custodians of our education system," explains CTF
President Mary-Lou Donnelly. "These highly qualified professionals help
to open up windows of opportunities for their students and help pave
the way to a prosperous future. However, valuing the work that teachers
do must translate into a salary that reflects their important role.
This is not the case in Saskatchewan.
"It is inexcusable for a province experiencing such tremendous growth
and prosperity to willfully undervalue the work of teachers. That is
why CTF and its Member organizations representing 200,000 teachers
fully support our Saskatchewan colleagues in their ongoing efforts to
improve teaching and learning conditions," says CTF President Mary-Lou
Donnelly. "Just as teachers are committed to their students, we hope
the provincial government and school boards association will show their
commitment and support for public education."
CTF is the national alliance of 200,000 teachers across Canada and a member
of Education International.
SOURCE Canadian Teachers' Federation
For further information:
| Spokesperson: |
Mary-Lou Donnelly, CTF President
| Media contact: |
Francine Filion, Director of Communications, 613-688-4314 or 613-899-4247 (cell)