Saskatchewan teachers plan to withdraw from more extracurricular activities

REGINA — The union representing Saskatchewan teachers says it’s planning a provincewide withdrawal of extracurricular activities next week as a labour dispute with the government continues.

The Saskatchewan Teachers’ Federation says it’s also planning rotating withdrawal of noon−hour supervision for some schools leading up to spring break.

It’s the latest in a series of moves the federation says are necessary to get the province to come to the table and negotiate on smaller classroom sizes and additional student supports.

The province has refused to negotiate those items into the collective agreement.

Education Minister Jeremy Cockrill says in a statement he’s disappointed by the union’s decision to continue targeting extracurricular activities.

Teachers backed out of extracurriculars for two days this week, which caused the cancellation of Hoopla, the provincial high school basketball tournament.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published March 22, 2024.

The Canadian Press

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