Striking STF members on the picket line in La Ronge

Valerie G. Barnes Connell Jordan/Northern Advocate. Bundled up to keep warm in the cold and snow, Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation members demonstrated along La Ronge Avenue Wednesday, Feb. 7 during the second day of STF rotating strikes. Further job action was suspended after the STF and provincial government agreed to a new bargaining date.

Teachers, members of the Saskatchewan Teacher’s Federation (STF), brave the  winter cold as they participated in a “job action” on La Ronge Avenue between Robertson trading and the post office on Wednesday, Feb. 7.

The action took place between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. 

The demonstration was a one-day strike, and part of the ongoing STF action against the Saskatchewan government.

The one-day action involved members of the STF in Saskatchewan Learning Corporation, who work at a school, or regional campus, located in the following areas: Creighton Teacher’s Association; Northern Area Teacher’s Association which includes: Beauval; La Ronge; Cumberland House; Buffalo Narrows; Pinehouse; Green Lake; La Loche; and Sandy Bay; Prairie Spirit Teacher’s Association: Warman; and three areas of the Saskatoon Teacher’s Association.

Valerie G. Barnes Connell Jordan/Northern Advocate. The job action involved some four-legged participants as well in La Ronge.

The strike action also includes: Association locale des enseignantes et enseignants and Saskatchewan distance learning corporation local Association who work at a school or regional campus located in the above-mentioned areas.

The areas also include: ECF Pavilion Gustave Dubois and ECF Pavilion Monique Rousseau in Saskatoon, Ecole Providence, in Vonda; DLC Far North Campus in La Ronge and The DLC Central Campus in Saskatoon.

The job action affected approximately 65,300 students, according to information provided through a STF news release dated Feb. 6.

The one-day strike in La Ronge was part of a series of rotating strikes organized by the STF. As of press time, the STF has no further strikes planned as union negotiators are scheduled to meet with the provincial bargaining committee on Monday, Feb. 12.

Teachers across Saskatchewan were scheduled to stop providing noon hour supervision on Feb. 8. Those plans were also suspended after the teachers and province announced a new negotiation date.