YTA, YK ratify three-year collective agreement

January 23, 2019

The Yukon Teachers’ Association and the Government of Yukon have ratified a new three-year collective agreement. The revised agreement—covering approximately 900 principals, vice-principals, teachers, Aboriginal language teachers, educational assistants, and remedial tutors—has been in negotiations since May 2018. It calls for yearly salary increases of 6.7% over three years with an additional increase for qualified EAs and Tutors, a biweekly pay system that will last the full calendar year, increased priority for the hiring process for Yukon First Nations teachers, and increasing community allowances for school staff working in the community. “The new agreement is good news for Yukon families, students and educators,” said YTA President Sue Harding. “It represents significant progress in the modernization of Yukon education labour standards, which will be key to attracting qualified educators to our territory.” NationTalk (YK)