In his affidavit, Ross wrote that the requirement to fire teachers to fill positions would deprive workers of the job security they are owed by the collective agreement, which may require teachers to leave the Yukon to seek employment. The Yukon Teachers` Association bargaining committee convened its first meeting on December 6, 2017 to negotiate a new collective agreement. A year later, just before the hour, the YTA government and the Yukon government tentatively agreed to amend and renew the collective agreement. „I want to thank the bargaining teams for their professionalism and diligence in securing a fair and fiscally responsible collective agreement that meets the needs of Yukon educators,“ said Richard Mostyn, Minister responsible for the CSP. The Yukon Teachers` Association and the Yukon government have agreed to a dispute over off-court layoffs and hiring practices. (Crystal Schick/Yukon News) Department of Education spokesman Kyle Rossignol also confirmed that an agreement had been reached. The agreement also moves yTA employees to a two-happy pay system to ensure that they are paid throughout the year and not just during the school year. The YTA argues that this goes against its collective agreement, which promises a priority of working teachers in the system before the publication of openings. YTA President Sue Ross said in a March 26 email that the union had reached an agreement with the Yukon government, but said it „is only the 2020 hiring season.“ Until replacement teachers are admitted to the YTA, the collective agreement includes approximately 900 headteachers, assistant principals, teachers, education assistants, health educators and Aboriginal language teachers in the Yukon. The overall increase is slightly above 5.5 per cent, but after the agreement to end severance pay, the wage increase was increased by 6.7 per cent. That is what saves money by ending these severance pay with just over $1 million. „We are pleased to have reached an agreement that helps our teachers and school staff ensure yukon learners have the skills and knowledge to lead happy and healthy lives.“ YTA President Sue Ross told Stern on Wednesday that the government`s decision to publish job offers is a linchpin of practices put in place during the last hiring season after the implementation of the collective agreement. The revised agreement contains a number of provisions.
These include changes to maternity and parental leave, as well as the definition of the criteria for transforming temporary workers into indeterminate workers. The new agreement must be implemented within 90 days. She confirmed that dismissed teachers will be given priority for new positions, while refusing to give further details of the agreement and indicating that she wanted to share the information first with YTA membership. Ross told Stern that she was surprised by the meeting, which she said was contrary to the collective agreement that states that workers represented by the YTA are entitled to re-employment without competition for a period of two years after their dismissal. Although she now has an apprenticeship contract, Lester stated that she still considered the provision of the new collective agreement to be positive. Negotiations began in May 2018 to replace the old collective agreement, which expired in June 2018. The Yukson teachers` union has been sued and accuses the Yukon government of violating its collective agreement. The union says it is a violation of its collective agreement and risks damaging its reputation in an „irreparable“ manner. On Monday, YTA members voted to ratify a new three-year collective agreement with the Yukon government. It expires on June 30, 2021. YTA`s petition was due to be heard on 25 March, but was cancelled following an agreement between the parties.