Regina Public Schools Linc Agreement

Education Minister Don Morgan called the LINC agreements a “problem” and told CBC News that he wanted to abolish them. Educational assistants, janitors and other unionized facilitators said that a step towards merging or dismantling collective agreements with headteachers will change students briefly. However, educators are not concerned about efforts to standardize or dismantle local collective agreements. Parents may be looking for school basketball coaches if Saskatchewan`s Minister of Education abolishes local apprenticeship contracts. “There is no possibility that the diversion of linC agreements and their pooling or the general reduction in preparation time will improve education. It`s a myth,” he said. The organization is preparing to negotiate a national agreement on teachers` salaries this summer. The current contract expires at the end of August. Morgan said the province wanted to govern schools so as to avoid “the whims of one territory to another.” Morgan indicated that teachers` salaries are also subject to the same overall reduction of 3.5 per cent for other Saskatchewan public servants. Gallagher was president of the Regina Catholic School Teachers Association for five years and negotiated two LINC agreements for teachers in his department before retiring.

He said that in the past, LINCs have allowed each department to meet its own needs. “There are significant cost problems, well in excess of $100 million a year, and we want to find a way to deal with them more appropriately.” Each of Saskatchewan`s 28 school boards and its teachers negotiate working conditions, preparation time and sick and compassionate days off, as well as compensation for lunchtime attendance and extracurricular coaching through what educators call the Local Implementation Negotiating Committee (LINC). He and other teachers in Regina and Saskatoon said the loss of preparation time supersedes voluntary midday care and extracurricular activities. “It`s just a bad idea. It doesn`t focus on children or their needs,” Christianson said. This could be left by parents on their own to organize school games, supervise directory committees and find external coaches for school sport. He said teachers often work at home in the evenings and on weekends and return to school to prepare for classes. Teachers must also coordinate who uses what resources when, like the photocopier, everything can be done in a day.

Every day, we negotiate every aspect of our lives with our employers, colleagues, students, family members and even ourselves. In a way, haggling is a way of life. Contracts vary across the provinces in terms of the amount of time required to work in the classroom and the time spent preparing courses, developing professional development and identifying tasks. Contracts are also very different in terms of the amount of extracurricular work teachers have to do to earn extra leave. “If you look at all these plans, if it`s going to go up or if you don`t have time to do it, you have to give something,” said Jeff Perry, president of the Regina Public School Teachers` Association.