The Public Education Collective Bargaining Act (PECBA) governs collective bargaining for teachers in Alberta. PECBA dictates what can be bargained, centrally and locally, along with the timing of the negotiations.
First, the Alberta Teachers’ Association, through its Central Table Bargaining Committee (CTBC), and the Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Association (TEBA) must decide on what items can be bargained and at which table (central or local). This initial phase in the bargaining process, called list bargaining, will start in the weeks ahead.
The next phase is matters bargaining. This is where the CTBC negotiates with TEBA on central items, such as salary, classroom complexity (composition and size), time (assignable and instructional) and benefits.
To help the CTBC, teachers complete a central needs/matters survey. This, along with other connection points (such as focus groups and local meetings), allows the bargainers to more fully understand teachers’ needs and expectations for the upcoming round of bargaining.
The 2024 round of central bargaining will be the fourth time we have used the PECBA model. As a result, and with what we learned from the last round of list bargaining, which required arbitration to complete, the CTBC has a good idea of the main items likely to be discussed at the central table. The CTBC is asking members to complete the 2024 Central Matters Survey now. Provincial Executive Council will use this information to finalize the initial proposal for central bargaining.
To access the survey, go to https://surveys.teachers.ab.ca/s3/Central-2024-Bargaining-Survey or scan the QR code.
The survey will be open from Monday, January 29, 2024 to Tuesday, February 20, 2024 at 4:30 PM.
The survey is anonymous, and we strongly encourage you to answer the questions fully to ensure that your needs are accurately articulated during central matters bargaining, which is likely to commence in the spring. The survey will take you 20–25 minutes to complete, depending on the options you choose and the amount of detail you provide for the open-response questions.
If you have questions about the survey, please contact Teacher Employment Services. Your input and advice are greatly appreciated.
With the 2024 round of central bargaining coming soon, bargainers need to understand what teachers are looking for. Please complete the 2024 Central Matters Survey at https://surveys.teachers.ab.ca/s3/Central-2024-Bargaining-Survey by February 20 at 4:30 PM. Your voice matters. Complete the survey and have your say! #WEAREATA
Updates from ATA Provincial