Teachers’ union, province mum on details of tentative deal

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Newfoundland and Labrador teachers will vote on a tentative agreement in late September, says the union’s president.

Finance Minister Charlene Johnson

Jim Dinn, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA), said Monday he couldn’t release any details of the agreement, reached on the weekend between the union and the provincial department of finance.

“I wouldn’t be able to discuss any details until teachers have had a chance to be briefed,” Dinn said.

The NLTA represents some 6,000 teachers across the province.

Finance Minister Charlene Johnson said the tentative agreement is a testament to the hard work of the negotiating teams and the commitment of all parties to reach a deal.

“It’s a negotiating process and we’ve done it many times this year with the nurses and earlier on with NAPE and CUPE, and it’s my belief we have a fair deal, and the NLTA believes the same. We were at a point where the NLTA felt they needed a conciliator and we respected that. That is another step in the collective bargaining process.

“But at the end of the day we did reach a tentative agreement and that’s the most important thing because we all value our teachers and the work they do, and they can now enjoy the rest of their summer knowing there is a tentative agreement in place.”

Johnson noted other contracts in the midst of negotiations include that of ambulance operators, the province’s doctors and the College of the North Atlantic.

Collective agreements have already been completed in the case of between 28,000 to 29,000 public employees in the province.

 

dmaceachern@thetelegram.com, Twitter: @TelegramDaniel

Organizations: College of the North Atlantic.Collective, NLTA, Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers

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