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New Brunswick teachers, province reach tentative contract agreement | CBC News


After more than two years of waiting for a new collective agreement, the New Brunswick Teachers’ Federation has reached a tentative deal with the provincial government. 

The agreement covers more than 7,800 workers in the public school system whose latest contract with the government expired in February 2021. 

Details about what the agreement entails are being withheld until a ratification vote, which is expected to take place in September. 

Tensions continued to rise in May, after the federation declared a 100-day countdown toward a threatened strike. It set  Aug. 28 as the date for deciding on a strike if a tentative agreement was reached.

Unsuccessful talks between the two groups continued until early last week, when a conciliation board report was presented to the provincial government. The report outlined recommendations, including general economic increases to “ensure that salaries for all New Brunswick teachers remain competitive.”

Since the beginning, the federation has been asking for higher wages and better working conditions for its members. 

On Friday, Treasury Board Minister Ernie Steeves said he was “very pleased” to have reached an agreement.

“As a government, we deeply value the effort teachers put into their work each day,” he added.


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