Chinook's Edge Board Supports Bill 8 Concept

Chinook's Edge School Division supports the overall concept that is being put forward by Bill 8: the Public Education Collective Bargaining Act, according Kurt Sacher.

The Alberta Government amended Bill 8 in December.
As a result, school boards will be allowed in all collective bargaining at the provincial level. That involvement was missing under the original draft.
Kurt Sacher, Superintendent of Schools for Chinook's Edge School Division, says their trustees support the overall concept being put forward by Bill 8, however they have 2 key concerns. He notes those concerns including the speed at which the bill moved forward.
Sacher says - as a general rule - the CESD board supports the concept of the two tier bargaining where some of the big ticket items are settled provincially if they have the dollars.
At last week's CESD Board meeting they voted to appoint Chair Colleen Butler to the provincial government's new Teachers' Bargaining Association as required by Bill 8.
Meanwhile, Sacher adds, for the local non-monetary issues in a particular school division CESD would support having that aspect done locally as long as there is a limit around financial implications.

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