After Confederation the province was on the brink of a new age in education. The NTA lobbied for the first standard salary scale based on qualifications and experience. Along with its new vigour the NTA’s basic platform became sharply focused on wage and equity issues. In 1951 the Association was incorporated and the provincial government agreed to statutory membership for the Association, a crucial milestone which not only guaranteed the Association’s viability and financial independence but ensured that the NTA would be truly representative of all Newfoundland and Labrador teachers. In 1995 the Association added Labrador to its name to better reflect the many teachers it represented.
The Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association has not only been successful during this period of time, but has also played a pivotal role in determining what the education scene would be. It used all of its resources and took whatever steps necessary, including political, to carry forward its agenda. It has always stepped boldly and found leaders to match its grit.