ERIC Number: ED213098
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1981-Jun
Reference Count: 0
The Impact of Collective Bargaining on Financial Gains and Management Rights in Canadian Education.
Nediger, W. G.
To test the propositions that collective bargaining has had little effect on teacher salaries but a considerable effect on school administration and governance, data were gathered on four aspects of educational labor relations in Canada and its provinces for the period 1930-1978. The four aspects were (1) the ratio of teacher salaries to per-capita income; (2) teachers' working conditions, as indicated by pupil-teacher ratios; (3) management rights clauses in collective agreements; and (4) the development of informal and formal collective bargaining. The salary-to-income ratio showed little relative gain over the period, indicating that teacher salaries are a function of the larger economy, not of militancy. Pupil-teacher ratios declined steadily from 1930, but especially after 1960, when most provinces had some form of formal or informal collective bargaining. Comparison of contract clauses reveals a shift from almost total management control to joint teacher-management control through bargaining, especially since 1960. This indicates a significant impact on school administration. Too little data were gathered to trace the development of collective bargaining, but bargaining legislation, strike rights, and arbitration exist in most provinces. (Author/RW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers; Reports - Research
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Conference of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, June 1981).