On May 15 and 16, Saskatchewan teachers will vote on giving the STF Executive a mandate to implement sanctions beyond the current school year, as the existing mandate expires on June 30, 2024.

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation say their goal is to reach a new provincial collective bargaining agreement at the negotiating table without further interruptions to students and families.

After a year of what they call strained negotiations, the STF is preparing for the possibility that the government’s intransigence could continue into the next school year now that its final offer has been rejected by teachers.

“Teachers want to teach, not strike. We want to be in classrooms, not picket lines. We want to focus on the success of our students, not fight tooth and nail for the bare minimum needed to do our jobs," says STF President Samantha Becotte, "But this is about more than what we want. This is about what’s right for Saskatchewan’s students, the sustainability of our profession and the future of publicly funded schools.”

The mandate resulting from the upcoming sanctions vote will be in effect until an agreement is reached.

The results of this sanctions vote will be shared with STF members and the public once voting closes on May 16.