Saskatchewan teachers ask courts to compel Sask. govt to appoint board

Saskatchewan teachers’ Federation president Patrick Maze accused the government of dragging its feet on appointing five people to Saskatchewan’s Educational Relations Board, which currently has no appointed members.

Federation asked the Court of Queen’s Bench in Saskatoon to issue an order that would force the government to appoint members to that board, in an application for a writ from the court filed on Monday.

By law, the board has the authority to arbitrate disputes, settle grievances and authorize mediation in education contract disputes.

Maze said not having that board in place leaves teachers in a catch-22.He added, “We don’t have any avenue with which, at the local level or the provincial level, to express disagreements outside of going to the exact government that may be the employer and that we might have the disagreement with.”

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