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More time needed at central table

ATA News Staff

New Bargainer’s Blog posted after January meeting with TEBA

Negotiations continued in January between representatives of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and representatives of the Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Authority (TEBA).

An online update posted by Central Table Bargaining Committee chair Greg Jeffery thanked teachers for their patience and noted that more bargaining dates have been scheduled.

“This is complex work and will take a bit more time in order to be done properly,” wrote Jeffery. “At this point we are exhausting all possibilities to try and achieve a memorandum of agreement with TEBA.”

Further information about the status of bargaining has been posted to Bargainer’s Blog, which members can be access by logging into the Association’s website at

Teachers are being encouraged now to ensure that they have login credentials for the website because complete information about bargaining, including full details of any potential settlement, will be available only there. Teachers will also need to use their login to vote on any settlements or on other possible courses of action related to negotiations.

Teachers employed by any of Alberta’s 61 public, separate or francophone school boards are covered by a collective agreement between the Association and their school board that expired on Aug. 31, 2016. While negotiations continue, the terms of the expired agreement remain in effect.

The new process for bargaining collective agreements being used this year includes a process of central table bargaining that will affect all collective agreements in the province followed by a process of local bargaining between individual bargaining units and each school board. A settlement on central table negotiations needs to be concluded and ratified before local negotiations begin.

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