Teachers union accepts new contract Sat,

Nova Scotia’s 10,000 public school teachers have accepted a new two-year contract with wage increases of one per cent in each year.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says 63 per cent of those who voted were in favour of the deal, which was reached two weeks ago.

About 78 per cent of its members cast ballots. The last contract expired on July 31, 2010.

The new contract also commits the Education Department and the union to forming a joint committee to look at workload issues.

The union says those issues involve administrative tasks and data collection.

Union president Alexis Allen says teachers want the issues addressed so they can spend more time on teaching and less on paperwork.

This contract expires July 31, 2012.

The Canadian Press


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