Teachers at PGIC voted overwhelmingly to join ETEA and were certified in December 2013 after a long delay at the Labour Board. Wages and seniority were important issues to the teachers at PGIC. When negotiations became drawn out and ineffective, PGIC teachers took action and went on strike. This strike, the first in ETEA’s 20 year history, brought huge support and attention to PGIC teachers’ plight.
After one week teachers were back at the bargaining table, and in July 2015 they ratified their first Collective Agreement. The agreement provided an average 15 per cent increase in its first year and reduced the employers proposed six-step, 15-year pay grid to a five-step, 10-year grid.