“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. YTA`s petition was scheduled to be heard on March 25, but was cancelled as a result of an agreement between the parties The new three-year contract also contains a number of other provisions, including salary increases for teachers, education assistants and tutors, and an obligation to prioritize the hiring of Yukon First Nations teachers. Negotiations began last spring, just before the previous treaty expired. The new collective agreement was ratified on Monday. The MLA Scott Kent of the Yukon opposition caused controversy in the Legislature on Wednesday and said the Minister of Education had created a “toxic environment” between the government and teachers. “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. “We will continue to work with the Yukon Teachers Association to support fair, transparent and consistent hiring practices that ensure teachers are in the best position to support student learning and success in school,” he wrote in an email. 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. Department of Education spokesman Kyle Rossignol also confirmed that an agreement had been reached. 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. 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. Correction: This story has been updated by an earlier version to reflect that teachers` salary increases are greater than three years.