School boards and ATA achieve five years of labour peace through solution to the teachers’ pension issue
Alberta students, teachers and parents can celebrate the beginning of a new era for education now that five-year collective agreements are in place between all 62 school boards and local teachers’ bargaining units. Alberta’s school boards and teachers’ bargaining units have been working towards these collective agreements to meet a requirement of the Memorandum of Agreement between the government and the Alberta Teachers’ Association (ATA) to address the teachers’ unfunded pension liability.
This five-year agreement is the result of the November 15, 2007 announcement that the government had reached an agreement in principle on the resolution of the teachers’ portion of the pre-1992 unfunded pension liability with the Alberta Teachers’ Association. A long-term solution to the unfunded liability was one of the priorities set for Minister Liepert by Premier Stelmach in his mandate letter and this agreement accomplishes that task.
This is an historic agreement that provides a long term solution. It balances the interests of teachers, school boards and taxpayers while ensuring a stable learning environment for students.
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Task force on the Teachers’ Unfunded Pension Liability
The Minister of Education established a task force to research and consider options to address the teachers' share of the pre-1992 unfunded liability of the Teachers' Pension Plan. The task force was chaired by Betty Evans, a former educator and academic from Calgary. Also serving on the task force were Edmonton-Castledowns MLA Thomas Lukaszuk and former Edmonton Economic Development Corporation President Allan Scott. Report by the Task Force on the Teachers' Unfunded Pension Liability.