The provincial agreement is between the Saskatchewan Teachers` Federation (STF) and the provincial government and the Saskatchewan School Boards` Association (SSBA), which represents Sun West and other local school departments. Click here to see the Saskatchewan Teachers` Provincial Agreement. The Southwest School Division negotiated employment contracts with a number of workers` groups. Links to copies of the agreements and related information follow below. Teachers employed in the Southwest School Division are subject to a provincial convention and local agreement. RL: We have a process called the “Security Advisory Process” where you can document critical incidents that occur when there are staff shortages – or equipment problems, etc. Finally, if employers and unions fail to reach an agreement, it is an independent evaluation committee (IAC). However, the decision of the Independent Evaluation Committee (IAC) was not binding. So we tried to make those decisions mandatory. DO: At that time, we had the most pro-work government in the province [the New Democratic Party], and they were the ones who had to tell us to get back to work. The strike took place in April, and they [the PND] called for elections at the end of June, and they ended with a minority government.

And I think it was a contagion of the strike. They often do not have a pro-work government that gives the job to unionized workers. They were proud that the negotiation process could be developed to reach a negotiated collective agreement. We went on strike at 7:00 a.m. and at 11 a.m. they introduced laws to get us back to work, so there was no time to see if the work operation would be effective or not. RL: We really worked closely together. We knew it would be a really difficult round of negotiations, because all these new nurses who came to see us had their own collective agreements. So we brought a member from each of these units. It was really a big commission, and our principle was that if nurses could accumulate up to 140 sick days in Regina, we wanted it for everyone. We knew we wouldn`t have that for everyone — we wouldn`t have it all for everyone — so our fall position was “those who have it, they won`t lose it.” RL: There has been a significant increase in wages. We wanted pay equity and a framework was developed for that purpose.

So the money was committed and we then negotiated the pay scale to do that in the 2002 round of negotiations. Non-educational and school employees are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 4802. Benefits and working conditions are described in a collective agreement negotiated with the Southwest School Division. C.U.P.E. Local Collective Agreement 4802 Sept. 1, 2017 to August 31, 2021 The local agreement is reached between the Sun West Teachers` Association (SWTA) and the Sun West School Division.