Over 400 teachers protesting across the southwest
This morning around 330 teachers in Swift Current and about 90 in Maple Creek protested in the downtown streets, despite the frigid weather. Following the failed appearance of the provincial government at a recent negotiation with the Saskatchewan Teacher Federation, Chinook School Division's teachers took to the picket line for a third time since mid-January. "I was actually at the table," said Neal Boutin, president of the Chinook Teacher's Association and teacher at Gull Lake School. "They wanted to try to make a side deal outside of negotiating at the table. So, they didn't really show up because they wanted to make a deal that wasn't binding and wasn't part of our contract." The Saskatchewan Teacher Federation hopes to continue putting pressure on the government to meet the requirements they are asking for to be in a binding contract. "We're not here because we want to be here," Boutin explained. "We're here because we want the future of education in our province to be predictable and sustainable, with the funds from the provincial government to the schools and school divisions to be able to fully manage the class complexities that we're seeing."