[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]By Isaac Ofori

In Canada, the basic salary scale and benefit package offered to a newly-hired teacher is established through negotiations between the teachers’ association and representatives of the provincial/territorial government.

Generally, teacher salary schedules are determined by a combination of years of post-secondary education and years of teaching experience.

Additional allowances are paid to teachers whose position will include additional administrative responsibilities.

Depending on the jurisdiction, an entry level salary can range from $36,305 to $58,980 annually, while the maximum salary level can range from $53,545 to $83,158 annually.

Teachers with advanced and graduate training can expect salaries that are higher than the maximum range.

Benefit Packages can vary from jurisdiction to jurisdiction but will include a combination of the following:

✍?Dental Insurance
✍?Life Insurance
✍?Maternity Leaves
✍?Cumulative Sick Leave
✍?Sabbatical and Study Leave
✍?Supplementary Medical Insurance
✍?Long-term Disability Insurance
✍?Retirement Gratuities

ATAG will demand on behalf of teachers what and what are entailed in:

“Salaries, fringe benefits and allowances, hours of work, contact hours, leave for union activities, class size and work load, Principles of engagement and termination of service including redundancy, probation, transfers, promotion and housing, sick leave with pay, training and retraining, medical schemes, study leave, release of employee.”

These benefits/conditions are embedded in the bargaining agreement reached between GNAT and GES on behalf of teachers.
ATAG will demand on behalf of teachers, why the benefits in the bargaining agreement is not working and if it is working why are teachers not benefiting as they should.

We know we are going to have difficult beginnings, but we will rely on the support of all teachers especially the youth to rally behind us in ensuring that fairness, equity, economic opportunities, career development and financial freedom prevail in the teaching profession.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]