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Teachers to stage rotating strike Monday, will be at Legislature

Rally by teachers in front of the Saskatchewan Legislature will coincide with return of the legislative session.
Scenes along Albert Street from the one day teachers’ strike on Jan. 22; scenes like this one seem likely again Monday, March 4 at the legislature as teachers plan a one-day strike in Regina.

REGINA - Teachers are staging a one-day rotating strike Monday and will be rallying outside the Legislature in Regina.

Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation gave notice of the latest job action in a news release Friday. Teachers will be withdrawing all professional and voluntary services for a 24-hour period at the following locations:

• Association Locale des Enseignantes et des Enseignants Fransaskois – École Mgr de Laval Pavillon Secondaire des Quatre Vents (Regina), École du Parc (Regina), École Mgr de Laval Pavillon Primaire (Regina), École Ducharme (Moose Jaw) and École Mathieu de Gravelbourg (Gravelbourg), École Beau Soleil (Gravelbourg), École de Bellegarde (Bellegarde).

• Holy Family Teachers’ Association – All schools in Holy Family Catholic School Division.

• Prairie South Teachers’ Association – All schools in Prairie South School Division.

• Regina Public Teachers’ Association – All schools in Regina Public Schools.

• Regina Catholic Teachers’ Association – All schools in Regina Catholic Schools.

• Saskatchewan Distance Learning Corporation – South Central Campus (Moose Jaw) and South East Campus (Estevan).

• South East Cornerstone Teachers’ Association – All schools in South East Cornerstone School Division.

STF also announced that teachers from these school divisions will gather outside the Saskatchewan Legislative Building in Regina on Monday morning, which is the first day of the spring sitting.

This past week has seen STF stage more rotating strikes, withdrawals of noon hour supervision and withdrawal of extrcurriculars around the province. STF members also plan more job action on Tuesday and Wednesday, having announced plans to pull voluntary services for extracurriculars province-wide on both days.

So far, the two sides in the labour dispute remain at a stalemate, with talks still having not resumed between the government and teachers. Both sides have pointed the finger at each other for being responsible for the current situation.

“Government has ignored calls, emails, meeting requests and office visits from teachers, parents and concerned citizens. It will be awfully difficult for them to ignore us on Monday as they return for spring session,” says STF President Samantha Becotte in a statement. 

“Saskatchewan residents have sent over 110,000 emails to government and school board trustees since the beginning of January. In the face of this overwhelming support for the actions that teachers are taking for their students and publicly funded schools, it is deeply troubling that government remains so intransigent in their position. Students, teachers and families in Saskatchewan deserve much better. When government is ready to listen and quit ignoring Saskatchewan parents, we are ready to work with them to find solutions that support the students in both today’s classrooms and the classrooms of the future.”