Check-In September 27th, 2021

Check-In September 27th, 2021

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder of the Local Meeting set for Wednesday September 29th at 6pm at the Legion In Sackville. Please note that while in Phase 4 there will not be supper provided, but supper may be claimed as a result.

Our local had a resignation from the local executive last week. Our VP of Communications, Crystal Isert, has decided to step down from her position due to personal reasons. At this time I would like to thank Crystal for her long-service to both the local executive and NSTU as a whole. Crystal served on the local executive with four presidents and many other leaders from our local. I am sure any of the other three former Presidents could fill this page with stories and thanks for Crystal during her service. In addition, Crystal was a Provincial Executive member and served on numerous local, regional and provincial NSTU committees.

In addition to this service, Crystal is a true unionist choosing service over self-interest, genuinely being there on behalf of our membership, a trait our union continues to need and in my books is one of the best traits a union leader can have. In addition, Crystal is thoughtful and thorough, both caring and kind, and could put a member at ease with her giving personality and smile. On behalf of the local there are not enough words to thank you for your service, and it is hoped that we all see you back soon in any capacity you wish to serve in.

Thank you Crystal!

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

ARTICLE 69 ASSESSMENT

69.01 When a classroom teacher is required to perform Provincial or Education Entity mandated student assessments that require extended one-on-one student-teacher time, including, but not limited to, Oral Reading Assessments and Observation Surveys, supervision of the remaining students shall be provided by a substitute teacher unless the hiring of a substitute teacher is not operationally required. The obligation to hire a substitute shall be deemed to have been met in the event a substitute is not available after the Education Entity has made every reasonable effort to hire a substitute.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

  1. Provincial Master Accidental Death & Dismemberment (AD&D) Insurance
  • As part of the Provincial Master Life insurance coverage, a matching $50,000 benefit is included for AD&D.

 

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In September 20th, 2021

Hi everyone,

Just a brief Check-In with a reminder of the Local Meeting set for Wednesday September 29th at 6pm. Also, while we are in Stage 4 there will be no meal provided, so Reps may claim that expense. And a reminder that in Stage 4 the “gathering protocol” is to be socially distanced and masked. The local will also attempting to provide the meeting “virtually” while in Phase 4 (and possibly ongoing) for those Reps that may not wish to attend larger gatherings at this time. Please have patience as this will be a learning experience.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

DENTAL

Just a reminder that Dental Plan enrollment for the year has a deadline of October 15th and that any new teacher hired after October 1st has 31 days to enrol.

If you have any questions regarding the above, please call the Administrator, Johnson Inc., at (902) 453-9543 or 1-800- 453-9543 (toll-free). Don’t forget that you can also access more information on these and all other benefits and programs available to you by visiting the NSTU Group Insurance website at www. nstuinsurance.ca

 

ANNUAL COUNCIL

There have been many changes to the Council delegate list lately, with several spots opening up. As a result, the Nominations Committee is currently seeking two alternate delegate positions and wait-listers.  If you know of any members that would like to go to Council and have not applied to be a delegate, can you please have them apply at the link below:

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrXQGcfxos0qgW7AahHhuGf-W2_YLtrbUTs9eQpXeEMj4EAA/viewform

The registration form will be open until Friday, Sept. 24.

 

Meet Your Local Executive Members

President: Shawn Hanifen
halifaxcountylocal@nstu.ca

(902) 499-0933

 

First Vice President (Economic Welfare):  Turk MacDonald
HfxCoEcWel@nstu.ca


Vice President of Communications: Crystal Isert
HfxCoCommunications@nstu.ca

Vice President of Professional Development:  Shelley Luddington
HalifaxCountyPD@nstu.ca

Member at Large: Nominating: Jason Jennings
HfxConominations@nstu.ca

Member at Large: Social and Wellness:  Leah Gillis
HfxCoWellness@nstu.ca

Member at Large: Reps and Equity: Desiree Daniele
HfxCoReps@nstu.ca

Treasurer: Jodie MacIlreith
HfxCoFinance@nstu.ca

Secretary: Angela Ewing
HfxCoSecretary@nstu.ca

Provincial Executive: Meg Ferguson

mmferguson@nstu.ca

Provincial Executive:  Duncan Cameron

duncancameron@nstu.ca

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

ARTICLE 26 LEAVE FOR INJURY ON DUTY

26.01 (i) When injured in the performance of the teacher’s duties, which duties have been approved by an Education Entity or its representative, the teacher, on application to the Education Entity, shall be placed on leave with full salary until the teacher is medically certified able to continue teaching.

 

Please remember that the teacher must report the injury immediately to their immediate supervisor (there is a timeline of within 14 calendar days unless incapacitated by the injury) and the leave is for up to 2 years. If the teacher cannot resume their duties after this period they are entitled to sick leave. Any teacher who is injured on duty should also reach out to their local’s NSTU Executive Staff Officer for assistance and interpretation of the article.

 

The full article may be found at the link below…

Teachers’ Provincial Agreement 2015-2019 (windows.net)

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

  1. Provincial Master Life Insurance
  • A $50,000 term life policy is available to all active Public School Members, PSAANS and APSEA Members.
  • A dependent life benefit of $3,000 for your spouse and $1,500 for each eligible dependent child is also included in this coverage.
  • The premium for this benefit is 100% paid by each Employer, therefore, there is no charge to the member for this coverage.
  • It is very important that you designate a beneficiary and a contingent beneficiary for your Provincial Master Life insurance.

 

 

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In September 13th, 2021

Good morning,

Hope you had a relaxing weekend after your first school week with the students. There have been some questions around Marking and Prep Time and teachers’ schedules. Marking and Preparation Time is Article 59 in the Teachers’ Provincial Agreement. The agreement in its entirety can be found at the below link.

Teachers’ Provincial Agreement 2015-2019 (windows.net)

 

Announcements

 

Reps and Equity

Reps and alternates please fill out the attached link, if you have not already done so, with contact information and dietary concerns for the committee to plan local meetings.

https://forms.gle/tFHzUPPnpN3g6SRT8

 

NSTU Professional Association October Conference Day

With so much uncertainty due to COVID-19, a decision was made to err on the side of caution and proceed with a plan where ALL of these conferences run by professional associations will be hosted ONLINE.

Hopefully this is only a temporary measure just for this school year. The date for October Conference Day is Friday, October 22nd. Registration is now open and some fill up quickly.

Here is a link to the portion of the NSTU website which information about each professional association:

https://nstu.ca/nstu-members/professional-development/professional -associations/pa-directory

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Provincial)

Marking and Prep Time (minimum 12.5%)

Effective August 1, 2021, existing Articles 59.02 and 59.03 are deleted and replaced by the following:

59.02 Notwithstanding 59.01 the following applies to override Appendix E where necessary: • A minimum of twelve and one half percent (12.5%) of instructional time shall be provided to each teacher for marking and preparation, averaged over the school year.

*To be used as an example only*

300min/instructional day= 37.5 min Prep (300×0.125)/day

Or 187.5 min/week or 375min/10 day cycle

 

Coverage While on Prep

59.05 A teacher who is required by the Principal to fill in when a substitute is not hired pursuant to Article 32.23 (Substitute Teachers) of this Agreement shall have the lost marking and preparation time rescheduled within ten (10) school days.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Total Care – Dental​

Benefit is not automatic. New members who commence work prior to October 1, must contact Johnson and enroll no later than October 15. Coverage will take effect the first of the month following receipt of the application form or request for coverage.

New members who commence work after October 1, must enroll within 31 days of commencing work. Coverage to take effect the first of the month following receipt of application.

Should you elect not to participate in the plan, but wish to participate at a future date, coverage will be effective September 1, following receipt of application. If you participate in the program, coverage will remain in effect for a full twelve-month period, provided you remain an active member or employee of the NSTU.

Cost Sharing

Under the Teachers’ Provincial Agreement/APSEA Agreement, the Employer pays 65% of monthly premium of Single or Family plans. Member pays 100% of Prosthodontic and Orthodontic Benefit. Benefit is not automatic.

 

Coverage

Basic Preventative Services

80% reimbursement for such items as the following (benefit maximums may apply):

  • oral examinations;
  • cleanings, pit and fissure sealants;
  • fillings;
  • root canal therapy;
  • periodontic services;
  • denture repairs or relining;
  • extraction of teeth.

Major Restorative Services

60% reimbursement for the following major restorative services to a maximum payment of $1,500 per person per calendar year:

  • crown restorations;
  • inlay and onlay restorations;
  • gold fillings when teeth cannot be restored with other material.

Prosthodontic Services

50% reimbursement to a maximum payment of $1,500 per person per calendar year.

Orthodontic Services

50% reimbursement to a maximum payment of $2,000 per person lifetime.

 

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In September 7, 2021

Hi everyone,

This week’s Check-In will be brief as there was one last Thursday. I hope you all have a great first day back with students and please note the following announcements.


If you have not done so, please ensure there is a site Union Rep election for NSTU School Reps. The criteria for School Reps at your site listed below. The dates for meetings is also listed.

 

School/Site Union Rep

There should be a call for nominations among the NSTU members at your school/site.

Depending on the size of your staff, you may be able to elect 1, 2, or 3 Union Reps. Here are the guidelines:

Educational sites with up to 25 members—1 Rep

Educational sites with 26-50 members—2 Reps

Educational sites with over 50 members—3 Reps

The educational site shall be entitled to an equal number of alternate representatives.

 

If you have more nominations than spots available, then a vote should be held via secret ballot.

 

Meeting dates

Please note all Local General Meetings are booked for next year and Covid-permitting will begin at 6PM at the Legion in Lower Sackville.

Sept. 29/21

Oct. 20/21

Nov. 24/21

Jan. 12/22

Mar. 9/22

Apr. 6/22

May 11/22

June 8/22 (AGM)

 

 

 

Nominations

Dear Reps/Members,

 

Annual Council 2021 will take place October 1 – 3.  The Nominations Committee is currently seeking applicants for an alternate delegate position and wait-list positions.  Note:  this form is only open to NEW applicants.  Current AC delegates need not apply.  The link to the Google Form is:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrXQGcfxos0qgW7AahHhuGf-W2_YLtrbUTs9eQpXeEMj4EAA/viewform

 

Applicants will be selected using the Annual Council delegate scoring rubric outlined in the Halifax County Local Operational Procedures and the Google Form.  Deadline for applications is Thursday, September 9.

 

If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact me asap.

 

Cheers,

JJ

Jason Jennings

Member at Large

Nominating Committee

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

 

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen

Halifax County President

Check-In September 2nd , 2021

Good morning,

Welcome back to the 2021/22 school year. Hope you all had a relaxing Summer and come back recharged. Over the Summer the local had three developments. First the local has a dedicated NSTU Staff Officer, who will be Wally Fiander for the 2021/22 school year as of August 1st. At this time, I would like to thank Tim MacLeod who was our supplemental staff officer for his assistance to members. Previously Wally and Tim had every school in HRCE, but there has been a re-alignment of 3 staff officers and Tim has been reassigned.  Paul Boudreau will work with the Halifax City Local and Janine Kerr the Dartmouth Local. Also in mid- August, Nova Scotia elected a new majority government forming under Tim Houston’s Progressive Conservatives and shortly after Public Health announced a new Back to School Plan.

 

The latter is in the link below. Please make sure to review the Plan and direct any initial questions and concerns to your school admin. Having tried to answer a lot of questions from the previous one, I have reviewed it a few times during the Summer. If you have any additional questions or concerns arising please feel free the reach out to myself or Wally for assistance. Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca

 

Back to School – Living with COVID-19 | Back to School – Living with COVID-19 (ednet.ns.ca)

 

Announcements

Meeting dates

Please note all Local General Meetings are booked for next year and Covid-permitting will begin at 6PM at the Legion in Lower Sackville.

 

 

Sept. 29/21

Oct. 20/21

Nov. 24/21

Jan. 12/22

Mar. 9/22

Apr. 6/22

May 11/22

June 8/22 (AGM)

Nominations

Dear Reps/Members,

 

Annual Council 2021 will take place October 1 – 3.  The Nominations Committee is currently seeking applicants for an alternate delegate position and wait-list positions.  Note:  this form is only open to NEW applicants.  Current AC delegates need not apply.  The link to the Google Form is:

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdrXQGcfxos0qgW7AahHhuGf-W2_YLtrbUTs9eQpXeEMj4EAA/viewform

 

Applicants will be selected using the Annual Council delegate scoring rubric outlined in the Halifax County Local Operational Procedures and the Google Form.  Deadline for applications is Thursday, September 9.

 

If you have any questions/concerns, please feel free to contact me asap.

 

Cheers,

 

JJ

 

Jason Jennings

Member at Large

Nominating Committee

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Provincial)

ARTICLE 24 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

24.01 While the parties consider it desirable that teachers participate in extracurricular activities, it is recognized by the parties bound by this Agreement that any involvement, such as participation, supervision, administration, direction, coaching, by a teacher in extracurricular activities shall be on a voluntary basis.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Total Care – Medical

Cost Sharing

Under the Teachers’ Provincial Agreement/APSEA Agreement, the Employer pays 100% for all active members for both Single and Family coverage. For new members, this benefit is not automatic. Coverage becomes effective the first of the month following receipt of your application.

Coverage

Hospital Benefits

100% of semi-private room – no maximum.

Extended Health Benefits

80% reimbursement for such items as the following (benefit maximums may apply):

  • Home nursing care;
  • Physiotherapy;
  • Prosthetic appliances;
  • Ostomy equipment;
  • Wheelchairs, walkers, hospital beds, mist tent, etc.;
  • Out-of-province physician services;
  • Accidental dental;
  • Hearing aids;
  • Cochlear implant upgrades, parts and accessories;
  • Eyeglasses;
  • Diabetic supplies;
  • Continuous Glucose Monitoring (CGM) Systems;
  • Paramedical services.

Prescription Drugs

$5.00 co-pay for each prescription, Restricted Drug List, All new drugs require approval.

Frames and Lenses

Frames & Single Lenses – $155.00
Frames and Bifocals or Trifocal Lenses – $170.00
Contact Lenses and Laser surgery are eligible in lieu of frames and/or lenses at the same benefit level

(The Employer provides $145 for Single Lenses/Frames and $160 for Bifocal or Trifocal Lenses/Frames)

Contact

If you have any questions regarding the above, please call the Administrator, Johnson Inc., at 453-9543 or 1-800-453-9543 (toll-free).

email: insurance@nstu.ca or nstu@johnson.ca

Visit the Johnson Inc. website:  www.johnson.ca

 

 

In solidarity,

 

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In June 28th, 2021

 

Good morning,

Just some information items in the Check-In today. Thank you to the executive, reps and members for all you have done this years as both union members and educators. Please use this summer to recharge and hopefully get out and enjoy the next few months. Have a Great Summer.

Will You Be a School/Site Union Rep Next Year?

As we start to put the finishing touches on this school year, some of you might want to consider running for the School/Site Union Rep position in September. We usually have quite a few Reps who continue on in their role but with retirements and teachers moving to different locations, there are usually some openings that need to be filled as well. On the Organization Day in September (Sept. 2), there should be a call for nominations among the NSTU members at your school/site.

Depending on the size of your staff, you may be able to elect 1, 2, or 3 Union Reps. Here are the guidelines:

Educational sites with up to 25 members—1 Rep

Educational sites with 26-50 members—2 Reps

Educational sites with over 50 members—3 Reps

If you have more nominations than spots available, then a vote should be held via secret ballot.

 

Meeting dates

Please note all Local General Meetings are booked for next year and Covid-permitting will begin at 6PM at the Legion in Lower Sackville.

Sept. 29/21

Oct. 20/21

Nov. 24/21

Jan. 12/22

Mar. 9/22

Apr. 6/22

May 11/22

June 8/22 (AGM)

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Provincial)

ARTICLE 38 EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM

38.01 An Early Retirement Incentive Program as agreed by the Employer and the Union, Appendix A, shall be implemented.

38.02 The Employer shall be responsible for advising Education Entities of the details of the program.

38.03 The Union shall be responsible for advising the teachers of the details of the program.

38.04 The program shall not be amended except by mutual agreement of the Employer and the Union.

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Full Service Pension

(TPP Coordinated with CPP)

Conditions:

A teacher is eligible to receive a full service pension under the TPP

  1. at age 55 when age and service total at least 85.
  2. with 35 or more years of pensionable service regardless of age.
  3. at age 60 with ten or more years of pensionable service.
  4. at age 65 with two years of service (as of January 1988).

Benefits

A FULL SERVICE PENSION UNDER THE TPP IS 2% OF SALARY FOR EACH YEAR OF SERVICE TO A MAXIMUM OF 70%.  THE SALARY USED IS THE AVERAGE OF THE FIVE HIGHEST YEARS.

A maximum service pension is 70% and can only be obtained with 35 or more years of service.

When a full service pensioner under the TPP reaches age 65 his/her previous pension under the TPP is recalculated and readjusted. Upon integration the teacher receives two payments, one from TPP and one from CPP.  Retired teachers may elect to receive “normal” amounts of CPP at age 65, or reduced CPP benefits, payable as early as age 60.

Thank you everyone and HAVE A GREAT SUMMER,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In June 21st, 2021

Good morning.  This Check-In will be brief. We are into our last full week of school. The successful year of predominantly in-person learning that you hear government speak so often about, is from your professionalism, compassion and hard work. It was your effort and hard work that made this school year successful. This was an “unprecedented” year and you rose to the challenge. On behalf of the local and its executive please accept our thanks and recognition for what you do each and every day. Please take the summer break to rest and recharge for the Fall school year.

For those teachers who have not yet secured a position for the Fall, please keep checking for job postings at MyHRCE and check your resume for to ensure your qualifications and experience section is up to date, as the hiring process continues over the summer break.

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Regional)

ARTICLE 15 SUMMER SCHOOL

15.01 Teachers employed for summer school employment shall be appointed from the teachers employed by the Regional Centre with first consideration given to teachers who taught the course in the immediate preceding school year.

15.02 The rate of salary shall be seventy percent (70%) of the per diem rate applicable to each teacher. The rate of salary shall be as of August 1 of each year.

15.03 The Director of the program shall receive four hundred dollars ($400.00) in addition to the amount stipulated in Article 15.02.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

The Member Assistance Program (MAP) is a valuable resource for members. Two notable supports in this program are our Counselling Services and the Early Intervention Program.

 

 

Member Assistance Program (nstu.ca)

Thank you everyone and HAVE A GREAT SUMMER,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In June 14th, 2021

Good morning. Last week our AGM wrapped up on Wednesday. At this time, I would like to thank each and every Rep for the work you do daily for the membership at your schools each and every day. You are the first point of contact for many in our local and on behalf of the Halifax County Local I would like to thank you. And another thanks to the local executive and their committees who through their work keep the local functioning. This is no small feat. I would like to thank our Zoom moderator, Nancy Comeau, for taking on that task and enabling our local meetings to run much smoother virtually.

At this time, I would like to welcome Angela Ewing to the local executive as Secretary. With welcoming we also have to say goodbye to our current local secretary. On behalf of the local, executive, the past president and myself I cannot thank Wendy enough for her dedication and professionalism. While being fairly new to the executive, I was luck enough to have Wendy prepare a full meal for the executive, and all I can say is there are to many words needed to express the gratitude the local executive would have for Wendy’s caring nature and personality. The local executive also has to say good-bye to Past President Grant Frost. Grant’s leadership enabled members of the local to head back to school in September. In a “unprecedented school year” Grant had to also transition from being local President one day, back to the classroom the next. No small feat. On behalf of the local I would like to thank you for navigating the largest local in the province through a tumultuous four years.

Thank you to the following local members who brought their names forward for local committees. These committees provide a valuable service to the local. I would like to thank both the Chairs and individual committee members.

 

 

                                                     Local Committees  –  Announced during AGM.     

Nominations (4)

Professional Dev’t (4)

Equity & Reps (4)

Finance (4)

Angela Ewing

Wendy Hargreaves

Damion Pollard

Lara Fawthrop

Trevor Smith

Yvonne LaPierre

Lawrence Rigby

Crystal Patterson

Tanya Smith

Sarah McCann

Shelley Rigby

Tracy Power

Angela Wisen

Charmaine Wilkie

Jonathan Sproul

Sheri Scott

 

Social & Wellness (5)

Ec Wel & Res (5)

Communications (5)

Joanne Kennedy

Erica Ans

Karen Binder

Cindy MacNeil

Tina Broderick

Gale Doyle

Dionne Reid

Andrea Heard

Drew Fournier

Kassie Rose

Melanie Kennedy

Mona MacNeil

Michelle Snider

Kim Stobo

Suzanne Rohland

 

Also congratulations to the Halifax County Local members serving on Provincial NSTU Committees for 2021-2022.

Congratulations to:
– Curriculum Committee – Penny Auld, Chair
– Discipline Committee – Sheri Scott
– Equity Committee – Drew Fournier, Chair
– Health and Safety Committee – Crystal Isert, Chair
– Member Services Committee – Melanie Kennedy
– Nominating Committee – Duncan Cameron
– Personnel Committee – Meg Ferguson
– Professional Development Committee– Trisha Munroe, Chair
– Resolutions Committee– Shelley Luddington
– Substitute Teachers Committee – Leah Gillis & Duncan Cameron

 

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Provincial)

ARTICLE 24 EXTRACURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

24.01 While the parties consider it desirable that teachers participate in extracurricular activities, it is recognized by the parties bound by this Agreement that any involvement, such as participation, supervision, administration, direction, coaching, by a teacher in extracurricular activities shall be on a voluntary basis.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

 

Active Members, Benefits at a Glance – NSTU Group Insurance Trust (nstuinsurance.ca)

 

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In June 7th, 2021

 

Welcome back to your first full week of in-person learning. It is hoped the transition back to the classroom was smooth during the two transition days. Please note that all students (PP-12) are required to wear masks inside when physical distancing is not possible. Please refer to the Back-to-School Plan (link below) regarding mask use, distancing, hygiene practices and other Covid related protocols for schools.

back-to-school-plan.pdf (novascotia.ca)

Some teachers have also wondered about End of Year Assessments now that we have switched to in-person learning. There is a link from the DEECD provided below for members reference.

End-of-Year Assessment Update | Education and Early Childhood Development (ednet.ns.ca)

 

There will be an election for local Secretary at the June General Meeting. The following are candidates for the position. Below is a brief write-up on both candidates (alphabetically). Also, each candidate will have the opportunity to speak and the June AGM.

Angela Ewing

Vanessa Turner

 

 

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Provincial)

ARTICLE 69 ASSESSMENT

69.01 When a classroom teacher is required to perform Provincial or Education Entity mandated student assessments that require extended one-on-one student-teacher time, including, but not limited to, Oral Reading Assessments and Observation Surveys, supervision of the remaining students shall be provided by a substitute teacher unless the hiring of a substitute teacher is not operationally required. The obligation to hire a substitute shall be deemed to have been met in the event a substitute is not available after the Education Entity has made every reasonable effort to hire a substitute.

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

 

OPTIONAL BENEFITS AVAILABLE TO MEMBERS

 

There are a number of optional benefits available to Public School Members, PSAANS and APSEA Members that provide the opportunity to purchase additional insurance coverage through payroll deduction, including:

  • optional group life/spousal life insurance
  • voluntary accidental death & dismemberment (AD&D)
  • NSED travel insurance
  • NSED trip cancellation / interruption insurance
  • voluntary critical illness insurance • home/auto insurance.

 

These coverages are 100% paid by the member and are offered at competitive premium rates. Details on these programs are contained within the Group Insurance Profile via the NSTU Group Insurance Trust website at nstuinsurance.ca

 

 

Announcements

 

Our Local Meeting will be June 9th at 6pm via Zoom.

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen

 

 

Check-In May 31st, 2021

 

While this week’s Check-In will be brief, it will be to the point. First, I am sure you all are aware of Friday’s announcement, I am sure it was a surprise to many. Please know that this situation is not ideal, not only for those here in Metro, but provincially, as well. While details are slowly coming as to how HRCE will be opening to some students, please feel free to reach out to me. Depending on the question/concern either a NSTU staff officer or provincial executive member(s) may be included. As the decision to open schools is based on Public Health in conjunction with the provincial government; please know that the local and provincial NSTU is here to assist you.

Second, as many have expressed concern regarding an email to parents in HRCE from Elwin without first contacting teachers (and other affected employee groups) in HRCE; he was emailed by our NSTU RRC Chair, Mark Savoury, on behalf of all three locals. Elwin did respond to say he appreciated the feedback and committed to “work so that school-based staff receive that in advance next time” communicate with school-based employees. I would like to thank our RRC Chair for passing along the concern that teachers had expressed.

Lastly, there will be an election for local Secretary at the June General Meeting. The following are candidates for the position. Below is a brief write-up on both candidates (alphabetically). Also, each candidate will have the opportunity to speak and the June AGM. Jason Jennings will be the moderator.

Angela Ewing

Vanessa Turner

 

 

 

Announcements

 

Our Local Meeting will be June 9th at 6pm via Zoom.

 

In solidarity,

Shawn Hanifen