Alberta government asks teachers to forgo wage increase

EDMONTON — The Alberta government wants teachers to give up a 4.3 per cent wage increase already slated for later this year and to lower their sights for future pay hikes.

EDMONTON — The Alberta government wants teachers to give up a 4.3 per cent wage increase already slated for later this year and to lower their sights for future pay hikes.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association website says that the government has indicated that, in return, it would bring in limits on the time teachers would have to spend in the classroom.

It would also limit how many duties other than teaching that could be assigned to them.

There’s no formal proposal on the table and the website adds there wouldn’t be any deal unless every school board and teachers bargaining unit in the province agreed.

There’s been no comment from Education Minister Dave Hancock, the president of the teachers’ association or the Alberta School Boards Association.

Teachers are in the middle of a five-year deal that guaranteed them regular pay increases in return for labour peace.

However, Hancock warned them last spring that there would be little money for upping wages and urged school boards to come up with ways to save money.