Monday, June 3, 2013

Outgoing Alberta School Boards Association president rebukes government

The Alberta government's imposition of a teacher wage deal has strained relationships between Alberta school boards and the government. Specifically, many Boards were upset that they were effectively cut out of the bargaining process and are now stuck with collective agreements they did not negotiate.

The outgoing president of the Alberta School Boards Association made a stinging speech at the ASBA spring general meeting this morning (the good stuff is in the first six pages). In it, Jacquie Hansen calls out the Redford government for mishandling teacher collective bargaining for years. For the ASBA to publicly call out the government is unusual and reflects how poorly the government has managed this process.

-- Bob Barnetson

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