After almost 99% of teachers in Northern Gateway Public School Divison voted on Monday in favour of authorizing the Alberta Teachers’ Association to request a government-supervised strike vote, the Divison has responded.
In a press release issued Tuesday, Northern Gateway said after the “straw vote” was made, the teachers’ union must provide notice to the school division of its application for a government-supervised strike vote.
NGPS said as of November 17th, it had not received a notice and no further bargaining dates have been scheduled at this time.
The division said it must now turn its attention to contingency planning to address the planned strike action as a result of the straw vote.
Northern Gateway has been in bargaining talks and mediation with teachers for over two years, trying to ratify a new collective agreement.
Mediation talks stopped on October 29th, which paved the way for the teachers’ union to take a government-supervised strike vote after a legally required 14-day cooling-off period.
The full press release can be found here.