Monday`s announcement formalizes an agreement provisionally reached last June. The new agreement will last until July 31, 2021, the two sides said in a joint press release. “This agreement has strengthened support for educators at a time when workload and expectations continue to rise,” said Matthew Miller, President of the Teachers` Association. “It`s wonderful to see a fair deal that provides stability and security during perhaps the most difficult school year of our teaching careers,” education minister RJ Simpson said. Other changes introduced in the collective agreement include a $450 increase in the base amount used to calculate living allowances for northern teachers. The agreement also implies the obligation to modernise the approach to professional development. In the meantime, both sides commit to a “common intention to prioritize and respect Indigenous people and culture throughout the NWT.” The big highlight marks changes from the previous collective agreement. COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT BETWEEN the Northern Workers` Union and the Minister responsible for the Public Service Act. Finally, the deal adds a language “to ensure that teachers transferred to NWT complete at least one school year or the duration of the contract, whichever is smaller.” Allowances for superintendents and vice-principals will be increased, maternity and paternity leave will be improved, and domestic violence leave will be introduced to respond to a similar change for other GNWT staff. A collective agreement has been reached between the Union of Northern Workers (UNW) and the Government of the Northwest Territories.
This Agreement shall apply from 1 April 2016 to 31 March 2021. . The copy approved by both parties is the official copy of the agreement. The online version of the document is identical to the official copy, except for a few minor formatting differences that occur when documents are uploaded. The deal involves a 2.5 percent wage increase, “corresponding to the monetary increase received by the rest of GNWT`s public service on April 1,” the press release said. . . .