Mediator called in for YTA talks
The territorial government and teachers’ union are headed for mediation to move along stalled collective negotiations.
The decision was made late last week by the chair of the Yukon Teachers Labour Relations Board, at the request of the Yukon Teachers’ Association.
A mediator will likely be in place sometime in November, said a union release.
The Yukon government recommended against mediation in September, saying it would be a waste of time, given the big gap in wages being proposed by both parties.
Teachers want annual wage increases of 4.5 per cent over two years. The last collective agreement, which expired in June, gave teachers annual wage increases greater than three per cent over three years.
Yukon’s teachers are the third-highest paid in Canada, following teachers in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. (John Thompson)