Prince Rupert District Teachers’ UnionGENERAL MEETINGSaturday May 26th, 2007CHSS

1. Call to Order at 12:30 with guests and members present.

2 MINUTES of March general Meeting will be adopted in September 2007.

3. Nielsen/MurphyAdoption of the agenda as circulated Carried

4. SPECIAL PRESENTATIONLes Pritchard, on behalf of the PRDTU, presented retired teacher and activist PETER NORTHCOTT with Honorary Life Membership in the PRDTU.


i BCTF/CEP Negotiations: Marty read a report from the BCTF Executive Committee and answered questions.

Scott/Larson“That the PRDTU support the BCTF Executive Committee/Bargaining Team in establishing staff salary and pension compensation packages similar to those of BCTF members. “ Carried

ii Posting/FillingKathy Murphy and Gabriel Bureau reported to the membership on discussions with District 52 management re: school closure and spring staffing

Brookes/Jong-Bowles“That the PRDTU continue with problem-solving discussions, if a local trustee participates.” Carried

Manning/Konzmo“That the PRDTU president send a letter to the trustees of District 52 outlining our concerns with respect to posting/filling; and that the above motion be copied” Carried


i) Marty outlined the ‘options’ available as circulated in an Email from Bill Ford.

Bernhardt (W)/ Bellis

“that option #3 (hard bump) be the PRDTU position for possible school closures in Spring 2007 Carried(no dissent)

Murphy/ Cavin (M)“that the PRDTU seek to have the ‘surplus letters’ rescinded and that postings occur AFTER possible school closures, before a hard bump begins” Carried

Bureau/Strand“that ghe PRDTU president communicate the above motion re: school closures and staffing to trustees of District #52” Defeated7. REPORTS

The treasure’s report was received from Jamie Scott. Scott/Bureau”that we adopt the 2007-2008 budget” (attached) Carried

Scott/Pritchardthat Larry Hope be the auditor for the PRDTU finances for 2007-07 Carried

Scott/Murphy“that there be no change to the PRDTU membership fee for 2007-2008 Carried

8. NOTICE OF MOTION (see attached)

Jamie Scott gave notice that he will move or cause to have moved a motion changing the amounts for the PRDTU bursary for members’ children. This would be circulated to all members in fall 2007 and voted on at our next General Meeting

SOCIAL JUSTICE (see attached)

The report was received as circulated. The final meeting and social will be held on Thursday June 14th , 7:30 at Joanne Chrona’s home 1542 2nd Avenue West.


Gabriel Bureau thanked members of the Collective Bargaining Committee.


Colleen Pudsey reported that the Culture in the Classroom conference was the big effort this year. The unused funds will go into a term deposit to seed the next Regional Conference.



BULLITEN no report


Les Pritchard thanked PRESIDENT Marty Bowles on behalf of the membership.

LABOUR LIASON Mae Jong-Bowles reported that a Celebration dance will be held at the Fish Hall October 20th to celebrate 50 years of the CLC (Canadian Labour Congress) See attached poster)

9.ELECTIONS Joanna Larson was elected as PRESIDENT

Vice President (position not filled at this time)

Trish Banighen was elected as SECRETARY

Jamie Scott was elected as TREASURER

Joanne Chrona was elected as BULLITEN editor

Nikki Wright was elected as EFAP (Employee and Family Assistance) representative

Gabriel Bureau was elected as COLLECTIVE BARGAINNG chairperson

Marty Bowles was elected as the PRDTU Local representativeJoanna Larson was elected as the PRDTU Alternate L.R.

First Nations (position not filled at this time)

Professional Development (position not filled at this time)

Lois Elliot and Kathy Murphy were elected as SOCIAL JUSTICE co-chairpersons

Lois Eliiot was elected as our MEDICAL PLAN (extended health travel rider)Representative

Mae Jong-Bowles was elected as our LABOUR LIASON representative

Tamara Thomson was elected as the PRDTU Health/Safety Rep (WCB)

Social Convener (position not filled at this time)

David Konzmo was elected as our SUMMER CONFERENCE REP.

The Executive Committee of the PRDTU will consider unfilled positions at their next meeting (on Tuesday June 12th at 3:45)

Bowles/Pritchard“ If school closures occur this summer, the PRDTU President be directed to return to work at the PRDTU office from that date onward. Compensation would be by days in lieu” Carried

Bureau/PudseyIf school closures occur this summer That the PRDTU authorize hiring of a member to be in the office if the President is away at Summer Conference “ Compensation would be by days in lieu or payment. Carried


Marty reminded members that PRDTU bursaries for members are available.


Adjournment” at 2:30

Category 5+ information

  • >From:  Jinny Sims, Irene Lanzinger, Susan Lambert
    > Date:  May 18, 2007
    > Re:  Category 5+

    TQS is now ready to accept applications for Category 5+.   They are in the process of revising their policies to accommodate the agreement between the BCTF and BCPSEA on criteria for Category 5+.

    The application form is on the TQS website.  Here are a few additional pieces of information:
    The additional pay for 5+ will be retroactive to April 1, 2006 for teachers who met the criteria before that date.

  • TQS will indicate on the document they issue, the date at which the teacher met the criteria.
  • Boards will then need to pay teachers retroactively.
  • Locals will have to ensure that boards are paying the retroactive pay to members who qualified prior to April 1, 2006.
  • For teachers who meet the qualifications after April 2006 the regular TQS timelines will apply.

    We now use the term 5+ rather that 5+15 or 5+30 because of the confusion between units and credits. The requirement is 30 semester credits as it states in the criteria. Universities use a variety of systems. TQS is, of course, very familiar with those systems and their equivalency to semester credits.

    The criteria for 5+ allow for 6 semester credits to be courses that are not at the senior level. The purpose is to allow teachers to take courses that are pre-requisites for senior level courses in a program. Please advise your members that the best course of action in determining whether or not courses will count in terms of the criteria is to seek pre-approval by TQS. TQS strongly encourages teachers to seek pre-approval to avoid situations where teachers take courses that are later not approved.