Now that Alberta teachers and school board representatives have signed a memorandum of agreement, which completes the first step of the updated collective bargaining process, the next step is voting.
The President of the Alberta Teachers’ Association Mark Ramsankar says the first two weeks of May will consist of education sessions.
“We will be rolling out information meetings for our memberships so that they get a better understanding of what’s being proposed, then at the end of that period. I believe it is going to be the May 11th to 14th, teachers in Alberta will vote on the memorandum to see if we would be ratifying it from our end.”
Ramsankar says when both teachers and school boards ratify the central table process, then they will commence with local bargaining.
He adds, the agreement took a little over a year to finalize, but the process gave teachers more certainty on future costs associated with the agreement.
“It gave us the opportunity to sit at the table with government, as well as school boards, so we didn’t have that unknown for us to as whether or not any costs related to the memorandum would be paid for. The government was there to say, yes, if there is things that are agreed to, the dollars will be there.”
Alberta Teachers Association members will vote online on whether or not to approve the document while school board representatives will vote on May 24.