Tentative agreement will see teachers’ salaries increase 9% over four years

Thompson Teachers’ Association (TTA) members will vote June 1 on a proposed four-year collective bargaining agreement that will see them receive a two per cent raise in each of the first three years and a raise of 1.5 per cent at the beginning of the 2017-18 school year and again on Jan. 1, 2018.

The tentative agreement with the School District of Mystery Lake is retroactive to the beginning of the current school year. The teachers’ previous contract expired June 30, 2014.

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Compounded, the total increase over the four years of the contract, which would expire June 30, 2018, would be a little over 9.3 per cent.

Under the terms of the previous contract that began in 2010, Class V teachers with zero years of experience received $58,570 in salary for the 2013-14 school year, while Class VII teachers with 10 years of experience received $101,599.

A Class V teacher is one with five years of post-secondary education including at least one year of professional coursework. A Class VII teacher is one with seven years of postsecondary education, including at least a master’s degree or the equivalent and at least one year of professional coursework.

If the tentative agreement is approved, Class V teachers with no experience will receive about $59,741 for the current school year and by January 2018 the salary will be $64,033. A Class VII teacher with 10 years of experience will receive approximately $103,630 for the current school year and the salary will be $111,076 as of January 2018.

Teachers also receive allowances for extra responsibilities. Co-ordinators receive about $7,600, while department heads receive allowances of $2,815 to $4,842 depending on the number of teachers in the department. Principals receive a minimum of $21,985 at the elementary school level for the 2013-14 school year and vice-principals received half the allowance of their school’s principal.

The tentative agreement was presented to TTA members on May 25, with advance voting after the presentation. Regular voting ends at 6 p.m. on Monday.

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