It isn't uncommon to hear of teachers walking off the job as they seek higher wages, but it is unusual to hear of students striking for their teachers.
May 24, a large group of North Battleford Comprehensive High School students walked out of their classes at 11 a.m. and marched their way to the local MLA office, waving signs and shouting support for higher wages for teachers as vehicles driving by honked their horns.
"I think that teachers deserve a raise," said Kendra Laliberte, a Grade 9 student. She pointed to Mr. Sommerfeld, one of her favourite teachers because he's more like a friend than a teacher.
Grade 11 students Jessica Braun, Michelle Hanna and Liam Burns pointed to the extra time teachers devote to extra-curricular activities and even just to helping students succeed both scholastically and personally.
Liam pointed to the drama teacher, Ms. Weber, who often lends a hand during weekends.
"She's giving up a lot of her personal time to help kids," said Liam.
"They deserve more recognition," said Michelle, adding coaches and trades instructors volunteer their time to prepare students for special events, such as track meets and Skills Canada competitions.
When the group arrived at Battlefords MLA Len Taylor's office, Taylor came out to greet the students and voice his support of their cause.
"Teachers need respect from our government and our community and I think by being here you are showing you respect your teachers and they're important to you," said Taylor.
Taylor said the Wall government is choosing to disrespect the bargaining process, adding he believes the government has the ability to find the money teachers deserve.
"They've got money for nurses and doctors but they can't find the money for our teachers and that's not right," said Taylor, to which Grade 10 student Amber Thompson replied, "Teachers teach doctors," eliciting another wave of cheering.
Members of the Saskatchewan Teachers Federation will be walking off the job today and tomorrow, returning to work Friday.