School Boards will be involved in the bargaining process every step of the way after the passing of the Public Education Collective Bargaining Act with amendments according to the MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville.

Jessica Littlewood says the Public Education Collective Bargaining Act brings the Province to the table so there will be central and local bargaining.  The Province's Public Education Collective Bargaining Act has been passed with amendments to ensure Schools Boards have a say in bargaining items.

The MLA for Fort Saskatchewan-Vegreville says School Boards let her know they want to make sure they have input centrally and locally.  Littlewood says School Boards let her know they want to be included in the first round of bargaining in the spring.

Littlewood adds through Bill 8, the Education Minister is ensuring local Boards are represented by the new Teachers Employer Bargaining Association.

The Province says under the amendment to Bill 8, the Teachers Employer Bargaining Association (TEBA), will negotiate with the Alberta Teachers Association (ATA) to decide which matters will be bargained locally and provincially.

David Eggen, Minister of Education says “Bill 8 was written to ensure school boards would be involved in collective bargaining at the provincial level at all stages, and this amendment ensures that will take place.”

The Government says in the initial draft of Bill 8, government was to be the sole party negotiating with the ATA on matters that should be bargained centrally versus locally, during the first round of bargaining, scheduled to begin in 2016.

The Province says the amendment would delay the start of the negotiation process by one month to allow the TEBA to become operational with the full involvement of school boards.

The first round of bargaining with teachers is set to start in the spring.

For Elk Island Public Schools talking about Bill 8 click here.