The state-funded wage increases are the result of HB 641, signed by Gov. Ron DeSantis in June. It has allocated $400 million to increase the minimum wage for teachers and $100 million to increase the salaries of experienced teachers. The measure aims to increase the minimum wage for teachers in the state to 47,500 $US. The president of the Washington Teachers` Union, Elizabeth Davis, said she sent an email to teachers on Thursday to the proposed agreement to assess their reactions and informed the chancellor that she would tell her if she wanted to sign the agreement by Tuesday. The union will not vote formally. “Our members voted overwhelmingly in favour of this agreement,” NSTU President Paul Wozney said in a press release. In recent months, the province has entered into agreements with the Elementary Teachers` Federation of Ontario, the Ontario Teachers` Association and the Franco-Ontarian Teachers` Association. Ontario has reached a preliminary agreement with the last major union of untraceed teachers.
The interim agreement also outlines the safety protocols and protective items that should be in each school building before students and teachers arrive. Many of these points have long been agreed and the city says that almost all primary schools are equipped with the security measures set out in the agreement. The Ontario Teachers` Union has reached a preliminary agreement with the provincial government, ending months of union struggle. It was the last education union in the province that did that. In recent months, the province has entered into interim contracts with three other teachers` unions following controversial negotiations that have led to the emigration and closure of schools. The union had wanted education to be optional for all, a demand that the Chancellor repeatedly said he could not act on. While the agreement is a trade union concession, he says the union can renegotiate some of the terms of the agreement before the third and fourth quarters of the academic year – a big benefit for teachers. On Thursday night, the district`s public school system reached a preliminary agreement with the Washington Teachers` Union on how to reopen public school buildings during the pandemic, which could resolve a major dispute over whether teaching should be optional for all teachers. “While this interim agreement does not address all of our concerns, we recognize the current environment we are in and the need for students to have stability as soon as this emergency is over,” Bishop said. In exchange, the school system filed an unfair complaint against the union and said the teachers were on strike. The collective agreement between the union and the city – their main contract – prohibits strikes. The city is awaiting a verdict from the employment agency.
“This is a 25% increase in preparation time for our members,” Wozney said. “Teachers have not seen an increase in marking and preparation time in the last 50 years, which will help reduce persistent teaching time requirements.” In October, an employment office decided that the school system had wrongly contacted teachers when it questioned them to determine who was able to return to personal education. Ferebee was excluded from using the survey results and was unable to assign staff to the classrooms. The agreement also provides for an increase in the time given to teachers for identification and preparation. As of 1 August 2021, teachers have at least 12.5 per cent of the teaching time for marking and preparing on average for the school year. The contract will give teachers a 7 per cent pay increase over four years, with an increase of 1.5 per cent from 1 August 2019, an increase of 0.5 per cent on 31 July 2020, an increase of 1.5 per cent over the aug.