Pei Teachers Memorandum of Agreement

The PEI Teachers Memorandum of Agreement: Key Points and Impacts

On August 23, 2021, the Prince Edward Island Teachers’ Federation (PEITF) reached a new Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) with the provincial government, putting an end to a year-long dispute over teacher working conditions and compensation. The new agreement, which came after months of negotiations and mediated talks, has wide-ranging implications for PEI teachers and the education system as a whole.

Here are some of the key points and impacts of the PEI Teachers Memorandum of Agreement:

1. Salary increases: The new agreement provides for a 6% salary increase over the next three years for all PEITF members, including teachers, substitute teachers, and education assistants. The salary increases will be retroactive to September 1, 2019, and will be spread out over three stages: a 2% increase in 2019-20, another 2% increase in 2020-21, and a final 2% increase in 2021-22. This is a significant victory for PEITF members, who had been without a contract for two years and had seen their salaries fall behind those of teachers in other provinces.

2. Changes to workload and class size: The new agreement also includes several important changes to teacher workload and class size. Specifically, the MOA establishes a workload committee that will review and make recommendations on workload issues, including marking, preparation, and professional development. The committee will be made up of PEITF representatives and government officials, and will be required to submit a report by December 2022. In addition, the MOA sets class size limits for kindergarten to grade 3 classes, with a maximum of 20 students per class. This is expected to have a positive impact on student learning and teacher well-being.

3. Improved benefits: The new MOA also improves benefits for PEITF members, including an increase in the dental plan from $1,000 per year to $1,200 per year, and an increase in the long-term disability plan from 60% to 70% of salary. In addition, the MOA includes a new provision for paid family leave, which will allow teachers to take up to five days of paid leave per year to care for a family member who is seriously ill.

4. Enhanced professional support: Finally, the MOA provides for enhanced professional support for PEITF members, including increased funding for professional development and training opportunities. This is expected to help teachers stay up-to-date with the latest teaching methods and technologies, and to improve the overall quality of education in PEI.

In conclusion, the new PEI Teachers Memorandum of Agreement represents a significant victory for PEITF members and a positive step forward for the education system in Prince Edward Island. The agreement provides for much-needed salary increases, improved benefits, and important changes to workload and class size. It also signals a renewed commitment to professional development and support for teachers, which will ultimately benefit students and the broader community.