«This agreement is the basis for a positive relationship between the parties,» said Education Minister David Joanasie. Nunavut teachers, including Inuit language and culture specialists, will soon receive larger pay cheques thanks to a new four-year collective agreement between their union and the Nunavut government, signed yesterday. In the collective agreement that expires last year, an entry teacher would start with zero years of experience at 61,235 $US per year in Level 1 on the payroll. In the expired collective agreement, Inuit cultural and language specialists who did not meet the minimum A-level qualifications were anyway paid at the A. Qarmartalik School in Resolute Bay. Teachers across Nunavut will be paying for them this year thanks to a new collective agreement signed on March 1 between the Nunavut Teachers` Association and the Government of Nunavut. The joint announcement did not say how much additional money the new agreement will cost GN over the next four years. (FILE PHOTO) This is compared to a minimum of $59,244 per year for Inuit language and culture teachers who are now moving to Level 1 and receiving more salary. For more qualified and experienced teachers, salaries under the old collective agreement could increase to $115,291 per year for Level 6 teachers after age 11. The new collective agreement replaces the contract that expired on June 30, 2017, said Teachers` Association President John Fanjoy, who looks forward to working with the territory`s government for a «bilingual education system provided by qualified teachers,» according to the statement. The agreement guarantees a series of wage increases of one per cent in the first year, one per cent in the second year, two per cent in the third year and two per cent in the fourth year.
The first salary increase will be retroactive in July 2017. A 1% pay increase in the first year of the agreement. «The NTA looks forward to working with the Government of Nunavut over the next four years to implement school programs, services and programs that will lead to a bilingual education system provided by qualified teachers,» said John Fanjoy, President of the NTA, in the press release. For teachers with a degree in higher education, Level 4 is the lowest level, requiring four years of training and a diploma. «We thank our teachers for their support of this agreement and for their commitment to providing our students with excellent learning and instruction opportunities in our classrooms,» said John Fanjoy, President of the Nunavut Teachers` Association (NTA). In addition, teachers receive several other benefits, including moving allowances to and from their workplaces, northern allowances, language allowances, private car allowances and other rights. Nunavut educators will see annual wage increases and increased opportunities for continuing vocational training as part of a new collective agreement. The territory`s teachers signed a four-year collective agreement on March 1, which will see pay increases and inuktut-related changes to increase the cause of bilingual education. But this designation offered slightly lower annual salaries than Level 1 teachers.