In September 2019, however, Fraser told NNSL that two key issues had emerged since the last collective agreements were negotiated in 2016: classroom violence and teacher retention. The current collective agreement also launched the Strengthening Teachers` Instructional Practices (Stip) initiative, which redirected 100 teaching hours to personal planning time for teachers. Negotiations for separate collective agreements YK1 and Yellowknife Catholic Schools will take place in the fall, Oliver said. Both agreements expire on 31 August. The Government of the Northwest Territories` current agreement with the NWTTA expires on July 31, 2020, but remains in effect until a new agreement is reached. The first round of negotiations on the new agreement is expected to take place from Tuesday to Friday. The NWT Teachers` Association (NWTTA) and the territorial government on Tuesday began negotiations for a new collective agreement. In a September 2019 newsletter distributed to the 800 educators represented by the NWTTA, Oliver found that the current collective agreement had not granted teachers a raise in the first two years and a one percent increase in the past two years. The agreement will involve approximately 450 members working for the South Slave, Dehcho, Beaufort Delta and Sahtu Boards of Education, as well as the Commission scolaire francophone de division and the Tłmembrechǫ Community Services Agency. NWTTA President Fraser Oliver said the territory and the teachers` union had agreed to block the media to prevent the details of the negotiations from being disclosed. The big highlight marks changes from the previous collective agreement.