“They need to see themselves in the teachers they teach and who work with them at school to have the confidence to become what they want to be,” she said. “Will she abandon her plans for this new policy of reintegration and dismissal and leave the court with our teachers?” Replacement teachers in the Yukon can now be represented by a union after the Yukon Teachers` Association has ratified a new collective agreement with the government. “I am pleased that we have reached an agreement that satisfies both of us,” said the association`s president, Sue Harding. “I think it`s a good deal.” The agreement took longer than expected due to the complexity of some issues (negotiations began in May), said Mike Woods, Assistant Minister for Policy and Partnerships at the Department of Education. Sue Harding, president of the Yukon Teachers` Association, says they are very pleased with the newly ratified collective agreement at a photo shoot in Whitehorse on January 17. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News) The new collective agreement, ratified this week with Yukon teachers, will help make the territory a place for educators to work and stay, according to the president of the Teachers` Association. In an affidavit filed in court, the association`s president, Susan Ross, said the government had informed the union that this would not happen this year, meaning that dismissed teachers would be exposed to an open competition for vacancies. “Whenever we can agree that both parties are satisfied, we can turn our attention to the students. That`s a very good thing for us,” he said. The Yukon Teachers` Association bargaining committee convened its first meeting on December 6, 2017 to negotiate a new collective agreement.
A year later, just before the hour, the YTA government and the Yukon government tentatively agreed to amend and renew the collective agreement. “It just makes sure they stay longer, and if teachers stay longer, student outcomes improve.” “In the future, we will be able to negotiate a better economic package for them,” Harding said. “These are the last on-demand teachers in Canada who depend on an association. It`s really revolutionary. The agreement amends territorial legislation to allow replacement positions to be included in the teachers` association`s bargaining unit. The union says it is a violation of its collective agreement and risks damaging its reputation in an “irreparable” manner. The petition states that the current three-year contract between the government and teachers is in effect until June 2021. According to the association, it provides for recall rights that the government now wants to ignore. McPhee also said Kent was wrong about the government`s relationship with teachers. “There is assurances that new Yukon educators can go ahead and become permanent, they are familiar with the processes related to assessments and probation conditions,” said Sue Harding, president of the Yukon Teachers` Association (YTA), which reached the three-year agreement with the Yukon government.
“They had no protection when they came in and worked in our classrooms and schools. As you say, we can have our backs like all other teachers. The new three-year contract also includes a number of other provisions, including salary increases for teachers, education assistants and tutors, as well as the requirement to prioritize the hiring of Yukon First Nations teachers. “Money brings a little back to people. So yes, that would have been the hardest part of the agreement,” she said. First Nations teachers will be given priority because of the high proportion of First Nations students in the Yukon school system, Harding said. “There was nowhere in Canada where you had to serve two years of probation to become permanent,” she said.