Teachers employed by the Government of the Northwest Territories voted in favour to accept the tentative agreement reached between the NWTTA and the GNWT.
Members of the GNWT Bargaining Unit voted eighty-five percent (85%) to accept the agreement. Eighty-eight percent (88%) of eligible voters cast ballots.
Negotiations began March 6-8, 2005 and culminated on April 27, 2005 when the two sides reached a tentative agreement.
Highlights of the three year contract are increases to salary and northern allowances, principalâ€™s base and minimum, increased language allowance, more money in professional development for Aboriginal language proficiency. Improvements were also made in substitute teacherâ€™s pay, special leave, and qualification time for access to dental care, among others.
Amanda Mallon, President of the NWTTA says, â€œ The GNWT Teacher Welfare Committee was able to reach a reasonable agreement. Our membership, through the large percentage of positive votes, has indicated their support of this agreement. A number of our members indicated ongoing concerns with living and teaching situations and this was also reflected in the percentage of rejected votes.
I am very pleased with the voting results. The NWTTA looks forward to continuing to work with the GNWT and Department of Education, Culture and Employment to provide educators and students with the best possible working and learning conditions.â€