Teachers reach tentative deal with government

Published on July 20, 2014

Reports indicate the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) and government have a tentative agreement in place.

Sean Weir, a candidate for NLTA vice-president in elections scheduled to take place this December, wrote a post on his campaign Facebook page shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday congratulating the NLTA’s collective bargaining team for reaching a tentative agreement with government. He said details of that agreement will be released in the fall.

That post was later deleted after it prompted discussion elsewhere on social media.

The Telegram contacted the NLTA’s communications officer Sunday afternoon. Asked if she could confirm whether a tentative agreement was in place, Lesley-Ann Browne stated in an email that an announcement will be made Monday morning. She offered no clue as to what that announcement will entail.

In May, the NLTA requested that a conciliation board look at its ongoing talks with government. At that time, NLTA president Jim Dinn said the latest proposal from government would hurt how teachers do their job. The use of substitute teachers was among the more contentious issues.

Talks between the two sides broke off in April. The last contract between the NLTA and government expired in August 2012.

The Telegram contacted officials with the Department of Finance in an attempt to confirm if an tentative agreement was in place, but a response has not been received as of early Sunday afternoon.