Beswick said he knew several classmates who, since the ratification of the recent agreement, were concerned about finding jobs in Newfoundland and Labrador and decided to take on teaching assignments outside the province. The corresponding clause of the new agreement, Section 6.11, states that ”as with the provincial agreement, we are satisfied with the results of the vote and the interim agreement has been ratified,” LNTA President Dean Ingram said in a press release. The most recent collective agreement was, as far as I know, the oldest and almost exclusive seniority in recruitment practices,” said Beswick, who graduated from Mun in August and hopes to become an English teacher. Beswick said a number of students who have completed their schooling while teachers in the province have voted to adopt the new collective agreement. He said he had seen the decision widening gaps between older and younger teachers in his school. Noel Hurley, an education professor at Memorial University, says that since the new collective agreement was established, when a permanent teacher applies for a new permanent learning position and meets the ”minimum requirements” of the agreement, they automatically get the job. Noel Hurley said he feared the new collective bargaining agreement would reward longevity rather than excellence in teaching. Under the new collective agreement, which was ratified in March, seniority is now the deciding factor for all permanent teaching positions – and principals will not be able to do anything about it. NLESD also confirmed ”some concerns” about the new recruitment rules related to the old ”have been expressed to the borough, but the provisions of the clause must be respected within the framework of a negotiated collective agreement.” The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers` Association says its members in West Labrador have voted to adopt the interim collective agreement with the provincial government and school boards.
Teachers are a separate fee unit under the Teachers` Collective Act. The agreement will contain the same amendments as the recently signed provincial collective agreement. The Newfoundland and Labrador English School District stated that it ”could not talk about the details of the situation in Ontario or how they can be compared to Newfoundland and Labrador. The borough focuses on the correct application of the new collective agreement in this jurisdiction. ”I hear a lot about teachers and it is better to say that neither headteachers nor teachers have any luck with this new collective clause…. The contractors stated that she completely binds their hands.