Peter Northcott asked me to pass along his email address firstname.lastname@example.org so that if anyone is visiting Kamloops they can let him know.
At the Board meeting last night the School Board passed a motion to delay the third reading of the by-laws which may have closed two schools this Summer to March 11, 2008. This would allow them to look at the whole District and form a committee to look at the “vision” for the District.
This means staffing will be going forward as of Thursday afternoon, so please watch for postings. If you need information, please call the office at 627-1700.
I am forwarding you my report to Zone 12 for the last meeting of the BC College of Teachers. Of particular note is the College response to the Surrey issue related to their adult educators (found in the Qualifications Committee section of the report).
Zone 12 rep
The Qualifications Committee passed motions that clarified existing bylaw wording regarding acceptable teaching experience as well as wording that would allow in-province applicants for certification the same options for a French Language only restricted certificate which are currently available to out of province applicants. Of significant interest to the adult educators in
The Finance Committee made recommendations to use $150 K in unallocated surplus funds to hire further technology staff. These positions were needed to enhance the College’s ability to respond to new mandates arising from legislation as well as help to continue the work the College began last year in up-dating its records management and web redesign. There were further motions that clarified the policies regarding Council member’s expenses
The Communications Committee’s work focused on a proposed advertising policy related to ‘tc’ magazine and the development of an internal process to expedite and coordinate communications initiatives within the College.
The TILMA Committee (Trade, Investment, Labour Mobility Agreement between BC and
The next meeting of the Council will be July 31st for the purpose of electing a Chair and Vice Chair for the coming year. I have let it be known that I will let my name stand. The next regularly scheduled full meeting of the new Council will be at the beginning of October.
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.
5. OLD BUSINESS
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
6. NEW BUSINESS
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/Pritchard“that 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.
COLLECTIVE BARGAINING (see attached)
Gabriel Bureau thanked members of the Collective Bargaining Committee.
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT (see attached)
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.
TEACHER ON CALL no report
SOCIAL CONVENOR no report
BULLITEN no report
FIRST NATIONS 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
Term of agreement
3 years (January 1, 2007 – December 31, 2009)
Recast at December 31, 2006 to reflect roll over of telephone and Internet allowances (taxable benefits) into salary
January 1, 2007 – 2.0% Increase
January 1, 2008 – 2.0% Increase
January 1, 2009 – 2.0% Increase
Signing bonus of $3500.
Retirement Gratuity and Retirement Benefits
Employees on staff prior to January 31, 2007 and current retirees as of January 31, 2007 are red-circled for existing retirement gratuity and retirement benefits.
Employees hired after January 31, 2007 upon retirement from the Federation shall receive a retirement gratuity equal to 1.5% of annual salary for each year of service with the Federation.
Employees hired after January 31, 2007 may access the retirement health benefits available under Article 22 by paying 100% of the premiums.
Employees hired after January 31, 2007 will be eligible for the Great West Life Group Insurance Plan on a shared basis: 50 % employer paid, 50% employee paid.
New Article: Early Retirement Incentive Plan: Continuing and term employees on staff prior to January 31, 2007, with 4 or more years service with the Federation, who retire from the Federation with less than 10 years of service shall receive an ERIP payment equal to 3.0% per year of service with the Federation, and may access the benefits available under Article 22 by paying 100% of the premiums.
Right to Union Representation
New clause added; “If an employee requests union representation at a meeting with the Federation such a request will not be denied.” Existing discipline related meetings language amended to include “Such, notice will be provided to the Union and the employee in writing with the particulars prior to any meeting being held.”
Leave for Union Business
Added union leave days for attendance at CEP Provincial Council (equivalent to BCTF RA).
“For predictable events, the union shall provide the employer with five (5) days notice.”
Improvements for Term Appointments
Subject to prior approval one (1) return trip and the cost of overnight lodging to be paid for the purposes of interviews, returning to a position, visiting schools or other work sites associated with return to district.
Payment of the costs of cancellation, transfer, or installation fees for services and utilities involved in the relocation.
When a term employee retires from the teaching profession when their term ends, payment of moving and transportation costs to that term retiree’s original location, or to another location with the cost not to exceed a move back to the original location.
New clause: “All appointees shall receive written information pertaining to employment benefits, moving expenses, and other applicable information attached to their appointment letter”.
Holidays and Vacations
To be scheduled by mutual agreement.
New Clause added; “Where the Federation withdraws agreement to an employee’s vacation, the Federation shall compensate the employee for reasonable expenses incurred by the employee that are related to the cancellation.”
The rest of the changes to the collective agreement are very minor.
The BCTF is one of the Unions that supports The Tyee on-line newspaper. They are an alternative news source. If you are interested in what they might offer, then to to the following web site and take a look: http://thetyee.ca/Tyeenews/2007/05/30/SubDrive/
- >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.