The agreement will contain the same amendments as the recently signed provincial collective agreement. The old collective agreement also included seniority provisions. Under the previous agreement, permanent teachers were taken into account for permanent positions in front of substitute or temporary workers. Noel Hurley said he feared the new collective bargaining agreement would reward longevity rather than excellence in teaching. According to the most recent collective agreement reached by the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers` Association, candidates are automatically offered permanent positions to teach subjects in which they have little or no training, as many people consulted by CBC/Radio-Canada know. “As far as I know, the most recent collective agreement was very old, with almost exclusive seniority in recruitment practices,” said Beswick, who graduated from Mun in August and hopes to become an English teacher. Noel Hurley, an education professor at Memorial University, says that since the new collective agreement was established, when a permanent teacher applies for a new permanent learning position and meets the “minimum requirements” of the agreement, they automatically get the job. The NNTA stated that the amendments negotiated in the last collective agreement were intended to make the process of hiring permanent employees by teachers more transparent. NLESD also confirmed “some concerns” about the new recruitment rules related to the old “have been expressed to the borough, but the provisions of the clause must be respected within the framework of a negotiated collective agreement.” “As with the provincial agreement, we are pleased with the outcome of the vote and the ratification of the interim agreement,” LNTA President Dean Ingram said in a press release. “I hear a lot about teachers and it is better to say that neither headteachers nor teachers have any luck with this new collective clause…. The contractors stated that she completely binds their hands.
They`re really angry. The corresponding clause of the new agreement, Section 6.11, indicates that the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers` Association says its members in Labrador West voted to adopt the interim collective agreement with the provincial government and school boards. Teachers are a separate bargaining unit according to the collective law of teachers. Mr. Beswick agreed and added that the provisions of the seniority recruitment agreement could lead to a lack of diversity among teachers, particularly in municipal schools, where permanent positions can be much more competitive. Beswick said he knew several classmates who, since the ratification of the recent agreement, were concerned about finding jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador and decided to take on teaching assignments outside the province. “They felt it was the best possible deal in this economic context.” Under the new collective agreement, which was ratified in March, seniority is now the deciding factor for all permanent teaching positions – and principals will not be able to do anything about it. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District stated that it “could not talk about the details of the situation in Ontario or how they can be compared to Newfoundland and Labrador. The borough focuses on the correct application of the new collective agreement in this jurisdiction. Beswick said a number of students who have completed their schooling while teachers in the province have voted to adopt the new collective agreement. He said he had seen the decision widening gaps between older and younger teachers in his school.