With the recent ratification of BCPSEA (BCPSEA) and the BC-Teachers` Federation (BCTF), a new collective agreement applies to the Kamloops Thompson Teachers Association (KTTA) and School District 73. “Our teachers play a vital role in our public school system, especially during our current challenges to provide our students with education during the COVID-19 pandemic. Kathleen Karpuk, Chair of the SD73 Board of Education. “The Ministry of Education is pleased to approve the agreement to increase salaries and other employment benefits under the provincial mandate.” Nearly 870 SD73 teachers are affected by the agreement from 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022. “KTTA is pleased that an agreement has been reached between BCTF and BCPSEA,” said Laurel Macpherson, KTTA President. “Teachers are eager to work in their trade and provide quality education to students who know they have a new contract.” The provincial agreement with the support of Ombudsman David Schaub is valid for a three-year term, from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022. The agreement provides for general wage increases of 2% on 1 July for each year of the agreement; a 1% increase in the highest teacher pay in each district from 1 July 2020; an increase in the rate of teachers leaving a contract position; and a one-time $12 million to provide tutoring opportunities for young teachers. In addition, in June 2019, KTTA and SD73 agreed on slight language changes to the contract. The amendments will take effect with immediate effect after ratification between BCPSEA and BCTF.
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