With Provincial negotiations finished, the local Teachers Unions are now consulting their members about negotiations over local contracts with school boards. Below is a table put together by Royal West teacher Katharine Cukier comparing sick day (provincially negotiated in Quebec) and special leave day (locally negotiated with school boards) provisions in collective agreements across Canada with those of teachers in the English Montreal School Board.
To put the information in this table in context, a few words about salary. In recent years there have been two rigorous comparisons of teachers salaries across Canada. The BC Teachers Federation’s document compared the top and bottom of the payscale of teachers across Canada in two categories in 2013/2014. In three of the four comparisons Quebec’s teachers were dead last in terms of salary. A similar comparison covering the same year by Statistics Canada echoed these results finding Quebec’s teachers at the bottom of almost every category of comparison.
However, looking at the top and bottom of the payscale does not tell the whole story. There is also the issue of the number of steps in the payscale. While most provinces have between 10 and 12 steps on teacher payscales, Quebec has 17. To understand just how much this impacts teachers in Quebec, one can compare the earnings over 25 years based on the payscales in current collective agreements. Doing so reveals the following:
- Over 25 years a teacher in PEI (category CVA) will earn $189,668 more than a teacher in Quebec.
- A high school teacher in Ontario (level 6) will earn $415,935 more than a Quebec teacher.
- An Alberta teacher (5 yrs of Teacher Ed) will earn $581,214 than a teacher in Quebec.
- Most interestingly a BC teacher (Cat 5) whose payscale tops off at an amount lower ($77,905) than the top of the Quebec payscale ($78,992), will still earn $158,950 more than a Quebec teacher over 25 years of employment.