Check-In June 27th, 2022

Good morning,

Just some information items in the Check-In today. Thank you to the executive, reps and members for your dedication and service to the local ant the NSTU. Please take this summer to recharge and enjoy all the summer has to offer. For our 12-month employees please also try to enjoy the summer as much as possible.  And it is hoped that this September will be one that resembles a “normal” school year.

 

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 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 28

-Oct 19

 Nov 23

 Jan 11

 Mar 8

 April 12

 May 10

 June 7

 

Announcements  

Economic Welfare

Hello,

I just wanted to say thank you for being the rep at your school. It is an important role that you do. It has been a busy year at our schools. Thank you, for your inputs at our zoom and the in-person meetings. As well, for your contributions with our resolutions and submissions to our next contract package. Hoping, you and yours have a wonderful, restful summer and look forward to seeing you in September.

Turk

1st Vice President

Communications 

Congrats to Cynthia Thibodeau from Horizon elementary for winning our week 3 gift cards! As well as our three breakfast for 2 winners; Karen Taylor, Katherine Bent, and Shireen Ley! Have a great summer County!

Drew Fournier

VP Communications

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

(Provincial)

ARTICLE 38 EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PROGRAM (Due December 31st 2022)

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 20th, 2022

Hello County members,

As the moth closes out there are some information items for schools for September regarding election of school reps and the meeting dates for next school year. Please consider volunteering for one of these important positions at your school or site. And a thank you to all who did this year, no small feat. Thank you for your continued support of the local and the NSTU as an organization.

 

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 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. You are also permitted alternate reps in the same format. 

 

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 28

-Oct 19

 Nov 23

 Jan 11

 Mar 8

 April 12

 May 10

 June 7

Communications

Congrats to our week 2 gift card winner Gail Baird from Sackville Heights Jr. High, and our three secondary prize winners of breakfast for 2; Carolyn Armitage, John MacLean and Steven Sangster.

 

For week 3 all Halifax County members are eligible. To enter, write your first and last name and the name of you Halifax County school in the comments on one of our Social Media platforms under the picture of the contest, as well as up to 5 other Halifax County members and their schools. We will use the school’s staff directory to verify participants are County members. You may enter the contest on any of our Social Media platforms. Twitter @HCLocalNSTU Instagram halifaxcounty Facebook Halifax County Local. You must re-enter the contest each week to be entered into the draw each week. First prize is 5 $30 gift cards or one of three secondary prizes of Breakfast for 2 at Cottage Cafe!

 

Drew Fournier

VP Communications

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

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)

Thanks,

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In June 13th, 2022

Hello County members,

Already into our second week of June is here the last month of another school year. Staffing is ongoing and we had TPP last week. Also, many teachers and specialists are preparing for year end assessments, evaluations and activities. Thank you for all that you do.  

The June AGM was last Wednesday. We had elections in Communications, Nominations, PD and Social Wellness. Congratulations to current executive members Shelley Luddington and Jason Jennings in continuing terms as the VP of PD and VP of Nominations respectively. And the local executive would like to welcome Suzanne Rohland as VP of Communications and Gayle Doyle as our VP of Social Wellness.

At this time, I would like to express my sincerest gratitude and thanks to both Leah Gillis (VP of Social Wellness) and Drew Fornier (VP of Communications) for their dedication and service to the local. Serving a group of close to 2300, and during a pandemic, no less, is no small feat. On behalf of those 2300, please accept our heartfelt thanks to you both.  

Also, a thank you to the local executive, committee members and school reps who volunteered much of their time to our local. Please take a moment to thank those who provide a valuable service to our schools and our members. Members who benefit from your hard-work, knowledge and caring for one another.

 

 ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Communications

Congrats to our week 1 gift card winner Sarah Toma from George P Vanier, and our three secondary prize winners of breakfast for 2; Kelly Ross, Amanda Stanton, and Steven Sangster.

For week 2 all Halifax County members are eligible. To enter, write your first and last name and the name of you Halifax County school in the comments on one of our Social Media platforms under the picture of the contest, as well as up to 5 other Halifax County members and their schools. We will use the school’s staff directory to verify participants are County members. You may enter the contest on any of our Social Media platforms. Twitter @HCLocalNSTU Instagram halifaxcounty Facebook Halifax County Local. You must re-enter the contest each week to be entered into the draw each week. First prize is 5 $30 gift cards or one of three secondary prizes of Breakfast for 2 at Cottage Cafe!

Drew Fournier

VP Communications

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

CONTACT 2022 Conference

Congratulations to Gayle Doyle who will be the Halifax County local’s attendee at the Contact 2022 Conference.  The conference will be held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from Tuesday, August 2nd to Friday, August 5th, 2022.

 

Halifax County Bursary Update

The deadline for our local Bursary is now CLOSED and no new applicants will be accepted. There were 81 applicants who applied and all were approved for the Halifax County Local Bursary. This is the most applicants ever received. All applicants have been notified of their successful application. Please remind graduates who applied to check their spam email folder for their congratulations email and instructions on how to receive their money.  High school principals and guidance counsellors have also been notified of the successful applicants for their graduation ceremonies. 

Jodie MacIlreith

Treasurer

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

 Provincial

ARTICLE 41 AMENDMENT BY MUTUAL CONSENT

41.01 This Agreement may be amended at any time by mutual consent of both parties.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)

ATTENTION: Resilience has been rebranded to Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP)
We are excited to share some enhancements as well as a rebrand of our Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP). Our partner, Manulife Financial, has launched a new and improved interactive online platform making it easier to get the support you need, when you need it, in a way that works best for you!
 
This updated experience means that the Resilience® platform and brand you are accustomed to will no longer be active and you will be redirected to the updated platform Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program (EFAP) at www.manulifeEFAP.com.
 
* Please note If you had already had a profile and account created with Resilience® , you will need to re-register on the updated platform. In order to register you will require the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146.

The Manulife Employee and Family Assistance Program is for active NSTU members who have a permanent, probationary or term contract. Through the Manulife EFAP you can reach a team of experienced counsellors from Homewood Health™ who will listen to your issue, offer sound advice and help you create an action plan to address issues.

Manulife EFAP also has a very educational online platform and mobile app which offers:

  • Easy access to content, such as eLearning, articles, videos and podcasts on a wide range of topics, based on your profile and interests
  • 24/7 live chat with Homewood Health™ counsellors
  • E-counselling and E-therapy

To get started or to find out more information visit www.manulifeEFAP.com.  Once there, you can register by first entering the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146. Then complete the remaining fields and click “Sign up”.

*It is strongly recommended to use a personal email and not a work related email when dealing with matters relating to the Manulife EFAP. You must create an account on the EFAP website platform (www.manulifeEFAP.com) first before downloading the mobile app.

Services

Counselling Services

  • Stress
  • Marital/family/separation/divorce/custody issues
  • Alcohol and drug abuse
  • Personal adjustment problems
  • Psychological disorders
  • Anger management
  • Retirement planning
  • Aging parents/eldercare concerns
  • Sexual harassment
  • Gambling addiction
  • Conflict resolution
  • Bereavement
  • Weight, smoking and general health issues

The counselling is designed to: Provide support and understanding, help build coping skills, and teach ways to effectively manage issues and problems.

Lifestyle and Specialty Coaching Services

Designed to allow you to take a proactive approach to every challenge and life transition with information and coaching from experts in their field.

  • Childcare and Parenting Caregiver Support Services
  • Elder & Family Care Services
  • Legal Advisory Services
  • Financial Advisory Services
  • Nutritional Support
  • Career Counselling Services
  • Retirement Planning Service
  • Smoking Cessation Services
  • Shift Worker Support
  • Online Courses
  • 12 Weeks to Wellness

Stress Solutions

Provides assistance for individuals suffering from stress.

The COVID-19 pandemic continue to add a great deal of stress to us all.  Stress Solutions can support you through these challenging times by assigning you a counsellor who will establish contact and support with Telephone sessions, Coaching, Online Courses, etc.

For more information on Stress Solutions, click here.

Depression Care Services

Provides assistance for individuals suffering from certain types of depression.

Approximately 11% of men and 16% of women in Canada will experience major depression in the course of their lives and it is estimated that 1 in 10 Canadians is affected by anxiety disorder. Depression Care offers fast access to personalized clinical treatment to help individuals achieve sustained recovery from depression and anxiety disorders.

For more information on Depression Care, click here.

Trauma Care

If you have experienced any type of Traumatic event, Trauma Care provides fast access to expert mental health services with specialized psychological intervention which is key to traumatic stress recovery. Homewood Health’s unique Trauma Care Program provides specialized treatment for individuals who are struggling with acute, or long-term, trauma symptoms.

For more information in Trauma Care, click here.

Grief and Loss Coaching

Grieving can be an overwhelming and complex process. Every individual reacts differently and experiences grief and loss in unique ways. Homewood’s Grief and Loss Coaching Program helps you understand the grieving process by providing you with coaching support and resources to help you manage through the range of emotions and difficulties one experiences when faced with a significant loss. This program is helpful to those who have lost a loved one or are experiencing other forms of loss in their life, including job loss, divorce, or ending of a relationship.

For more information on Grief and Loss Coaching, click here.

Experiencing Acts of Violence

The trauma caused by acts of violence can, and most often have a significant emotional impact on people. The combination of atrocity and magnitude of the event, coupled with its unpredictability, will often lead to an intense feeling of vulnerability for our own safety and the safety of others.  The Experiencing Acts of Violence program helps develop recovery and coping strategies to help you through these traumatic times.

For more information and the Experiencing Acts of Violence Program, click here.

To access these programs and services, Once there, you can register at www.manulifeEFAP.com by entering the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146. Then complete the remaining fields and click “Sign up”.

Resources

  • Mobile App – Download Homewood E-App on all mobile application platforms.
    *You must create an account on the EFAP website platform (manulifeEFAP.com) first before downloading the mobile app.
  • Health eLinks
  • Health Risk Assessment
  • Comprehensive Library of Medical Information
  • Self-Care Starter Kit– This kit describes why self-care matters, why it’s important to take time to look after yourself, and how you can build a self-care plan to improve your quality of life. The Self-Care Starter Kit helps design a plan specifically for you by taking you through the following 4 steps:
    Evaluating Your Coping Skills
    2. Identifying Your Self-Care Needs
    3. Barriers And Areas for Improvement
    4. Creating Your Self-Care Plan
  • Online Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (i-Volve)
  • Childcare and Eldercare resources database

E-Courses

There are a number of E-Courses online as well at www.manulifeEFAP.com

Courses are broken into three categories:

  • Courses for Employees or Family Members – Health and Well Being
  • Courses for Employees – Career and Workplace Issues
  • Courses for Key Persons and Supervisors

Homewood Health Life Lines

April 2021: My Wellness (Article / Video)

Webinars

COVID-19: Loneliness & Isolation Fatigue – Self-Care Strategies – https://youtu.be/QDW5S0U2lNs

Reducing Anxiety & Managing the Transition Back to Class – https://homewoodhealth.com/teacher-webinar

COVID-19: Dealing with Seasonal Affective Disorder – https://youtu.be/tpow0ZRzuyc

COVID-19: The Second Wave and Your Mental Health – https://homewoodhealth.com/corporate/webinar-second-wave

Wellness Sessions

Outlined in the link below is a listing and brief description of the Wellness Sessions that are available through the NSTU Employee and Family Assistance program provider, Homewood Health™.

Please note:  Wellness Sessions must be requested at least six to eight weeks in advance. These sessions should be scheduled between 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Monday through Friday. Any sessions scheduled outside these times will have a cost associated with them. Sessions require a minimum of 10 participants and should not exceed 35 participants.  Additional costs will apply should you have a larger group.

Click here for more information and to request a Manulife EFAP Wellness Session

Contact

Toll-Free Number – 24 hours, seven days a week – English: 1-877-955-NSTU (6788) or in French: 1-514-875-0720.

Counselling can be provided in a way that is most convenient and comfortable: in-person, by phone, or through a secure online service.

Access to all online features is available by visiting www.manulifeEFAP.com – Once there, you can register by entering the Manulife Plan Contract # 39146, complete the remaining fields and click “Sign up”.

Access to all online features is also available in French by visiting https://wwwec7.manulife.com/signin/fr

 

Take care,

Shawn Hanifen

 

June 6th, 2022 Check-In

Hello County members,

June is here and with that comes the last month of another school year. Staffing is ongoing and there was an excellent turnout last week of teachers new to the profession to the HRRC staffing info session that was put on by the 3 locals. Also, many teachers and specialists are preparing for year end assessments, evaluations and activities. Thank you for all that you do.  

The NSTU Presidential election occurred last Thursday, June 2nd, by universal suffrage. Ryan Lutes from the Halifax City local was elected as president after winning 51 per cent of the vote in a second ballot election Thursday. Congratulations to Ryan and thank you to Peter Day from the Cape Breton District local for such a strong campaign.

The June AGM is set for this Wednesday, June 8th and as there are elections set will be in-person at 6pm at the Legion in Lower Sackville. The nominations for the position have closed, but as per Robert Rules, nominations may be taken from the floor. Please see the bios of the candidates who have submitted an expression of interest for those positions, which have also been sent via email (with pictures) to the Reps. The local would like to thank the nominees for their willingness to serve our members. 

 

 

Vice-President: Communications

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I would love to be your new VP of Communications. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Communications would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Professional Development

Hello colleagues! My name is Shelley Luddington and I would be honored to serve as your VP of Professional Development for another term.  One of my goals as VP of PD is to reach as many Halifax County Members as possible with PD information, such as the unprecedentedly successful “Cash for Classrooms” initiative that engaged 500 NSTU siblings. I would also like to work on advertising PD opportunities in our multiple platforms so that more folks will be aware. I am asking for your support on June 8!

 

Vice-President: Social Wellness

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I have also applied for the position of VP of Social Wellness. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Social Wellness would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Nominations

My name is Jason Jennings and am currently the Nominations Chair of the Nominations Committee for Halifax County Local.  I am seeking another term as your VP for Nominations.

With four years of experience in Nominations, I have worked with school reps to ensure the proper and efficient running of provincial and local elections. As Nominations Chair, I have overseen the selection of local standing committee members and Annual Council delegates.  As Council Coordinator, I endeavored to make delegates well-informed and comfortable.

On June 8, I ask for your vote so I can continue to serve Halifax County.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS 

Communications

Greetings Halifax County! The Great June Giveaway is back! All Halifax County members are eligible. To enter, tag yourself and the name of you Halifax County school in the comments on one of our Social Media platforms under the picture of the contest, as well as 5 other Halifax County members and their schools. Follow or like one of our Social Media platforms. Twitter @HCLocalNSTU Instagram halifaxcounty Facebook Halifax County Local. First prize is 5 $30 gift cards or one of three secondary prizes of Breakfast for 2 at Cottage Cafe!

Drew Fournier

VP Communications

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  The candidates for the local executive positions are:

VP for Communications – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Social Wellness – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Professional Development – Shelley Luddington

VP for Nominations – Jason Jenning

Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM and as per Robert’s Rule of Parliamentary Procedure there can be nominations from the floor.

Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

CONTACT 2022 Conference

Congratulations to Gayle Doyle who will be the Halifax County local’s attendee at the Contact 2022 Conference.  The conference will be held at St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia from Tuesday, August 2nd to Friday, August 5th, 2022.

 

Halifax County Bursary Update

The deadline for our local Bursary is now CLOSED and no new applicants will be accepted. There were 81 applicants who applied and all were approved for the Halifax County Local Bursary. This is the most applicants ever received. All applicants have been notified of their successful application. Please remind graduates who applied to check their spam email folder for their congratulations email and instructions on how to receive their money.  High school principals and guidance counsellors have also been notified of the successful applicants for their graduation ceremonies. 

Jodie MacIlreith

Treasurer

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

 Provincial

ARTICLE 50 TRAVEL ALLOWANCE

50.01 Teachers who must travel in the performance of their regular duties (which include a specific duty assigned by the Education Entity or a meeting called by the Education Entity or an Education Entity initiated in-service) shall be paid a travel allowance the greater of thirty-four (34¢) per kilometre or the current provincial government rate for those kilometres in excess of the round trip distance between the teacher’s residence and the school/site where the teacher teaches the greatest percentage of his/her time. If the teacher teaches an equal amount of time at more than one (1) school/site, then the school/site to be used in the calculation of travel allowance shall be the school/site closest to the teacher’s ordinary place of residence.

50.02 The parties to this Agreement shall encourage teachers to travel together when attending the same meeting/in-service when circumstances make it reasonably practicable.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

CAREpath™

We understand that a cancer diagnosis can mean uncertainty, questions, anxiety and fear. At CAREpath™, your personal oncology nurse, with the support of leading oncologists, is there to guide you through every step of your cancer experience, from diagnosis, through treatment and into survivorship.

The CAREpath™ Navigation System Is a service provided by the NSTU Group Insurance Trustees. If you, your spouse or dependent children suspect having cancer, are diagnosed with cancer, or are already living with cancer, CAREpath™ is ready and able to provide you with support.

The goal of CAREpath™ is to support, not replace, health services provided by your doctors. It is important to note that this service is for both active and retired members of NSTU.

Coverage

Member / Spouse and Dependent Child(ren)

  • CAREpath™ is a Cancer Assistance Program
  • If a member, member’s spouse, or dependent children suspect having cancer, are diagnosed with cancer, or are living with cancer, CAREpath™ provides is ready and able to provide you with support
  • A personal oncology nurse, with the support of leading oncologists, is there to guide the individual through every step of the cancer experience, from diagnosis, through to the end of active treatment
  • CAREpath™ covers all types and stages of cancer
  • CAREpath™ nurses have the knowledge and experience to be able to advocate for the member and their family
  • Guidance to alternate treatment location, if required or requested

If you are interested in participating in this program, at no cost to you or your family, a CAREpath™ oncology nurse can explain the services to you in more detail.  You are not obligated to use CAREpath™ if you don’t want to and the nurses will be able to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.  All interaction with CAREpath™ is strictly confidential.

Helpful Links

For a further understand of the CAREpath program and how it can work for you, watch the following video outlining the navigation process:

For an overview of all the programs available to you through CAREpath, watch the following navigation video to understand how this program can assist:
https://www.dropbox.com/l/scl/AABkUnWFwKohc-Z-03pN7JGZ8OPW8ltysbA

For more information on all of the programs CAREpath can offer you, visit their website below:
www.carepath.ca

Contact

If you are interested in participating in this program, at no cost to you or your family, a CAREpath™ oncology nurse can explain the services to you in more detail.  You are not obligated to use CAREpath™ if you don’t want to and the nurses will be able to help answer any questions or concerns you may have.  All interaction with CAREpath™ is strictly confidential.

The CAREpath Program can be accessed directly at 1-844-453-6788 or through the NSTU at 1-800-565-6788, press 3 or email CAREpath™ at info@carepath.ca

 

Have a great week,

Shawn Hanifen

 

May 30th 2022 Check-In

Hello,

Just a reminder to schools that the NSTU Presidential election is set for this Thursday, June 2nd, so schools and work sites should receive their voting packages this week. If you do not, please remind Admin in the office to check their community mailboxes. Also, if your school does not receive your voting packages, please contact the REO for the election, Duncan Cameron, by email at duncancameron@nstu.ca to have that rectified. Duncan will also be available the day of the election for schools and sites that may need cards. 

The June AGM is set for Wednesday, June 8th and as there are elections set will be in-person at 6pm at the Legion in Lower Sackville. The nominations for the position have closed, but as per Robert Rules, nominations may be taken from the floor. Please see the bios of the candidates who have submitted an expression of interest for those positions, which have also been sent via email (with pictures) to the Reps. The local would like to thank the nominees for their willingness to serve our members. 

 

Vice-President: Communications

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I would love to be your new VP of Communications. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Communications would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Professional Development

Hello colleagues! My name is Shelley Luddington and I would be honored to serve as your VP of Professional Development for another term.  One of my goals as VP of PD is to reach as many Halifax County Members as possible with PD information, such as the unprecedentedly successful “Cash for Classrooms” initiative that engaged 500 NSTU siblings. I would also like to work on advertising PD opportunities in our multiple platforms so that more folks will be aware. I am asking for your support on June 8!

 

Vice-President: Social Wellness

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I have also applied for the position of VP of Social Wellness. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Social Wellness would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Nominations

My name is Jason Jennings and am currently the Nominations Chair of the Nominations Committee for Halifax County Local.  I am seeking another term as your VP for Nominations.

With four years of experience in Nominations, I have worked with school reps to ensure the proper and efficient running of provincial and local elections. As Nominations Chair, I have overseen the selection of local standing committee members and Annual Council delegates.  As Council Coordinator, I endeavored to make delegates well-informed and comfortable.

On June 8, I ask for your vote so I can continue to serve Halifax County.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Staffing Information Session Designed for Newer Teachers


There will be an NSTU information session coming up soon which is designed to help newer teachers make well informed decisions heading into the Teacher Placement Process (TPP) and the Term Teaching posting rounds.  This session will clarify the various types of employment status that teachers may attain on their way to a permanent contract.  It will also cover some key information regarding teacher qualifications, as well as other related topics.

So, who should attend this session?  I would say it would be most beneficial to teachers who currently have term recall status or aggregate status.  Anyone who anticipates going to TPP will certainly benefit from this session as well including anyone who is declared surplus at their school.  It would also be a good session for substitute teachers.

So, if you or someone you know would want to attend this session, please share the details below:
 

When: Thursday, June 2nd at 4:30 pm

Where: Online—Zoom platform

Who: This session is being led by the three Local Presidents in Metro but there will also be NSTU Staff Officers on the Zoom call.

How: In order to sign up, please email, halifaxcountylocal@nstu.ca so the Zoom link can be sent directly to you.

If you have any other questions about this session, you can always send an email for clarification as well.

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  The candidates for the local executive positions are:

VP for Communications – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Social Wellness – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Professional Development – Shelley Luddington

VP for Nominations – Jason Jenning

Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM and as per Robert’s Rule of Parliamentary Procedure there can be nominations from the floor.

Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

CONTACT 2022 Conference

The CONTACT Conference is a joint project of the NBTA, PEITF, NSTU, NLTA and the NTA. The
NSTU delegation will be formed using the following formula:

22 spaces for a representative from each NSTU Local (paid for by the Local)

The local will sponsor one delegate by random draw. Please send your name, school and confirm that you are an Halifax County local NSTU member to 

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

by 4pm on June 1st.

 

Last call for Retirement Banquet Tickets! Registration closes May 31!!

 

If you retired in 2020-21 or are retiring in 2021-22, please check your emails for the opportunity to receive two complimentary tickets to attend the Hfx Co Local’s Retirement Banquet on June 17th at the Halifax Convention Center. 

 

For teachers wishing to purchase tickets to join us at the retirement banquet as guests, please click the following link. Guest tickets are $55.

https://conf.nstu.ca/ConferenceRegistrations/Index/133

 

Halifax County Bursary Update

The deadline for our local Bursary is now CLOSED and no new applicants will be accepted. There were 81 applicants who applied and all were approved for the Halifax County Local Bursary. This is the most applicants ever received. All applicants have been notified of their successful application. Please remind graduates who applied to check their spam email folder for their congratulations email and instructions on how to receive their money.  High school principals and guidance counsellors have also been notified of the successful applicants for their graduation ceremonies. 

 

 

Jodie MacIlreith

Treasurer

Halifax County Local NSTU

 

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

As some teachers have asked about their lost narking and preparation time, I have included the section in article 59 to clarify. Also, many teachers have expressed they have significant barriers to carrying out their duties, so a section of the Working Conditions article is also attached. A link to both articles in their entirety is listed below for your reference. Please email our local NSTU staff officer if you need assistance or clarification for either article, Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

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

ARTICLE 59 MARKING AND PREPARATION TIME

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.

ARTICLE 70 WORKING CONDITIONS

70.02 A teacher(s) who considers a system, policy or structure as causing a significant barrier(s) to carrying out the teacher’s duties may report the facts of the situation in writing to their immediate supervisor who shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report the response in writing within fifteen (15) days to the teacher(s).

Shawn Hanifen

 

Check-In May 24th

Hi everyone,

Happy Tuesday and I hope everyone had a restful and relaxing long weekend. Please see the Announcements as there are some important dates coming up. Just a reminder to schools that the NSTU Presidential election is set for this Wednesday, May 25th, so schools and work sites should have their voting packages. If you do not, please remind Admin in the office to check their community mailboxes. Also, if your school does not receive your voting packages, please contact the REO for the election, Duncan Cameron, by email at duncancameron@nstu.ca to have that rectified. Duncan will also be available the day of the election for schools and sites that may need cards. 

The June AGM is set for Wednesday, June 8th and as there are elections set will be in-person at 6pm at the Legion in Lower Sackville. The nominations for the position have closed, but as per Robert Rules, nominations may be taken from the floor. Please see the bios of the candidates who have submitted an expression of interest for those positions, which have also been sent via email (with pictures) to the Reps. The local would like to thank the nominees for their willingness to serve our members. 

 

Vice-President: Communications

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I would love to be your new VP of Communications. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Communications would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Professional Development

Hello colleagues! My name is Shelley Luddington and I would be honored to serve as your VP of Professional Development for another term.  One of my goals as VP of PD is to reach as many Halifax County Members as possible with PD information, such as the unprecedentedly successful “Cash for Classrooms” initiative that engaged 500 NSTU siblings. I would also like to work on advertising PD opportunities in our multiple platforms so that more folks will be aware. I am asking for your support on June 8!

 

Vice-President: Social Wellness

My name is Suzanne Rohland and I have also applied for the position of VP of Social Wellness. I currently work at Sunnyside Elementary School teaching grade 4/5 French Immersion with 20 years’ experience at the elementary level. Since 2006, I’ve been an active participant in the Union. I started as a rep for Shannon Park Elementary and was a member-at-large and treasurer for the Dartmouth Local until 2010. I’ve been a rep for Halifax County Local since 2014, was on the Finance Committee for two years and I’m currently on the Communications Committee. I’ve also participated in rep retreats, executive training, and the John Huntley Internship.

Being an active and engaged member is very important to me. Having the opportunity to be the VP of Social Wellness would be a privilege to help keep the members informed and build engagement within the local. I’m asking for your support on June 8th.

 

Vice-President: Nominations

My name is Jason Jennings and am currently the Nominations Chair of the Nominations Committee for Halifax County Local.  I am seeking another term as your VP for Nominations.

With four years of experience in Nominations, I have worked with school reps to ensure the proper and efficient running of provincial and local elections. As Nominations Chair, I have overseen the selection of local standing committee members and Annual Council delegates.  As Council Coordinator, I endeavored to make delegates well-informed and comfortable.

On June 8, I ask for your vote so I can continue to serve Halifax County.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Staffing Information Session Designed for Newer Teachers


There will be an NSTU information session coming up soon which is designed to help newer teachers make well informed decisions heading into the Teacher Placement Process (TPP) and the Term Teaching posting rounds.  This session will clarify the various types of employment status that teachers may attain on their way to a permanent contract.  It will also cover some key information regarding teacher qualifications, as well as other related topics.

So, who should attend this session?  I would say it would be most beneficial to teachers who currently have term recall status or aggregate status.  Anyone who anticipates going to TPP will certainly benefit from this session as well including anyone who is declared surplus at their school.  It would also be a good session for substitute teachers.

So, if you or someone you know would want to attend this session, please share the details below:
 

When: Thursday, June 2nd at 4:30 pm

Where: Online—Zoom platform

Who: This session is being led by the three Local Presidents in Metro but there will also be NSTU Staff Officers on the Zoom call.

How: In order to sign up, please email, halifaxcountylocal@nstu.ca so the Zoom link can be sent directly to you.

If you have any other questions about this session, you can always send an email for clarification as well.

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  The candidates for the local executive positions are:

VP for Communications – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Social Wellness – Suzanne Rohland

VP for Professional Development – Shelley Luddington

VP for Nominations – Jason Jenning

Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM and as per Robert’s Rule of Parliamentary Procedure there can be nominations from the floor.

Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

CONTACT 2022 Conference

The CONTACT Conference is a joint project of the NBTA, PEITF, NSTU, NLTA and the NTA. The
NSTU delegation will be formed using the following formula:

22 spaces for a representative from each NSTU Local (paid for by the Local)

The local will sponsor one delegate by random draw. Please send your name, school and confirm that you are an Halifax County local NSTU member to 

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

by 4pm on June 1st.

 

 June 17th Hfx Co Retirement Banquet

Last week to sign up for Retirement Banquet tickets! Registration closes May 31st!!! Teachers retiring in the 2021 and 2022 school years, please check your emails for important links to register for your two complimentary tickets.

 

For teachers wishing to purchase tickets to join us at the retirement banquet as guests, please click the following link. Guest tickets are $55.

 

https://conf.nstu.ca/ConferenceRegistrations/Index/133

 

Leah Gillis
Member At Large
Social Wellness Committee

Halifax County NSTU Local

Supporting Teacher Emotional, Social and Physical Health & Wellness

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

As some teachers have asked about their lost narking and preparation time, I have included the section in article 59 to clarify. Also, many teachers have expressed they have significant barriers to carrying out their duties, so a section of the Working Conditions article is also attached. A link to both articles in their entirety is listed below for your reference. Please email our local NSTU staff officer if you need assistance or clarification for either article, Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

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

ARTICLE 59 MARKING AND PREPARATION TIME

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.

ARTICLE 70 WORKING CONDITIONS

70.02 A teacher(s) who considers a system, policy or structure as causing a significant barrier(s) to carrying out the teacher’s duties may report the facts of the situation in writing to their immediate supervisor who shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report the response in writing within fifteen (15) days to the teacher(s).

In solidarity.

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In May 16th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Just a reminder to schools that the NSTU Presidential election is set for May 25th, so schools and work sites should start to see their voting packages arrive this week, if they have not already. Please remind Admin in the office to check their community mailboxes. Also if your school does not receive your voting packages, please contact the REO for the election, Duncan Cameron,  by email at duncancameron@nstu.ca to have that rectified. Duncan will also be available the day of the election for schools and sites that may need cards. 

Please see the Announcements below and the time sensitive dates for each initiative from our local committees. Please note the deadline for the Local Bursary of Friday May 20th, 2022. Any questions for the Local Bursary can be emailed to the local’s treasurer, Jodie MacIlreith at HfxCoFinance@nstu.ca. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Staffing Information Session Designed for Newer Teachers


There will be an NSTU information session coming up soon which is designed to help newer teachers make well informed decisions heading into the Teacher Placement Process (TPP) and the Term Teaching posting rounds.  This session will clarify the various types of employment status that teachers may attain on their way to a permanent contract.  It will also cover some key information regarding teacher qualifications, as well as other related topics.

So, who should attend this session?  I would say it would be most beneficial to teachers who currently have term recall status or aggregate status.  Anyone who anticipates going to TPP will certainly benefit from this session as well including anyone who is declared surplus at their school.  It would also be a good session for substitute teachers.

So, if you or someone you know would want to attend this session, please share the details below:
 

When: Thursday, June 2nd at 4:30 pm

Where: Online—Zoom platform

Who: This session is being led by the three Local Presidents in Metro but there will also be NSTU Staff Officers on the Zoom call.

How: In order to sign up, please email, halifaxcountylocal@nstu.ca so the Zoom link can be sent directly to you.

 

If you have any other questions about this session, you can always send an email for clarification as well.

 

Reps and Equity

The Reps and Equity Committee have booked a new date for the No Girls Allowed book talk!  We are super excited to let you know that it is indeed happening on Thursday, May 26, 2022. If you wish to receive a copy of the novel and participate in the book talk, please fill out the link below. The committee will be in touch soon about getting the novel to you.

https://forms.gle/QaXErt58vqfK4yqp6

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  County members can submit their nomination using the Google Form link included:

The Nominations Committee has also opened applications for standing committees for next year (2022-23).  The Google Form for this application is below. NOTE: all current members of a standing committee must re-apply to be considered for committee selection for next year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpObqEqRiYDUENUu6e6oWTB9wFrd_drh4Opt6SNlzkuoJuAA/viewform

The deadline for all forms will close on Friday, May 20 at 4 pm.  Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM.  Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

CONTACT 2022 Conference

The CONTACT Conference is a joint project of the NBTA, PEITF, NSTU, NLTA and the NTA. The
NSTU delegation will be formed using the following formula:

22 spaces for a representative from each NSTU Local (paid for by the Local)

The local will sponsor one delegate by random draw. Please send your name, school and confirm that you are an Halifax County local NSTU member to 

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

by 4pm on June 1st.

 

 

Finance Committee

Halifax County Bursary is Now Open

Halifax County bursaries are given to the children/stepchildren of Halifax County Local members (not PSAANS members) who are currently (2021-22) teaching in a term or permanent position.  Applicants must be graduating from High School in June 2022. This bursary must be used for enrollment in secondary education in September 2022 and cannot be deferred to another school year. The amount received by each recipient will be dependent on how many applications are received in total. The deadline for application is Friday, May 20th, 2022.

https://forms.gle/43Emw2CR8jK5yRPL6

 

Social Wellness Committee

The Social Wellness Committee has scheduled another sociable at Freeman’s, Sackville Drive, May 19, 3:30-6 . 

Please RSVP to hfxcowellness@nstu.ca ASAP to allow for staffing and food ordering.

Please encourage your staff to come out and enjoy a free drink and appies courtesy of our Local. Bring NSTU or HRCE identification to sign in. 

Card Making Session

On May 17th, the Social Wellness Committee is hosting an all occasion card making session – a small group event (up to a maximum of 12). Contact mmferguson@nstu.ca for registration. No charge. Location: the Hfx. Co office, Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth. We have two spots left!! First come, first served, so don’t delay! Time 6:30-8.

Retirement Ticket Drive News

Do you know a colleague who retired in 2021 or is  set to retire in June 2022? Do you want to attend the Hfx Co Retirement banquet to celebrate them?  This year the retirement banquet is going wireless!  Guest tickets are $55. Tickets can be accessed until May 31.  

This link is only for members wishing to purchase tickets. 2021 and 2022 Retirees already have been contacted with information on their links.  

 

https://conf.nstu.ca/ConferenceRegistrations/Index/133

 

 

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

As some teachers have asked about their lost narking and preparation time, I have included the section in article 59 to clarify. Also, many teachers have expressed they have significant barriers to carrying out their duties, so a section of the Working Conditions article is also attached. A link to both articles in their entirety is listed below for your reference. Please email our local NSTU staff officer if you need assistance or clarification for either article, Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

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

ARTICLE 59 MARKING AND PREPARATION TIME

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.

ARTICLE 70 WORKING CONDITIONS

70.02 A teacher(s) who considers a system, policy or structure as causing a significant barrier(s) to carrying out the teacher’s duties may report the facts of the situation in writing to their immediate supervisor who shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report the response in writing within fifteen (15) days to the teacher(s).

 

In solidarity.

Shawn Hanifen

May 9th 2022 Check-In

Good morning everyone,

The next local meeting is set for this Wednesday, May 11th at 5:30pm at the Legion in Lower Sackville as a large component will be for speeches and a Q&A for the 7 NSTU Provincial Presidential candidates. Please note that supper will not be provided so make sure to claim that on your form. At that meeting you will have an opportunity to meet with the 7 candidates to be your next NSTU Provincial President. Thank you to Turk MacDonald, our 1st VP for Chairing the meeting and to REO Duncan Cameron for organizing the Speeches/Q&A.

A reminder to Reps regarding the Shaping our Futures email with PowerPoint and Probing questions that, if possible, that info will be collected at the May 11th meeting as well. There will also be paper copies available at the meeting.

Please see the Announcements below and the time sensitive dates for each initiative from our local committees. Please note the deadline for the Local Bursary of Friday May 20th, 2022. Any questions for the Local Bursary can be emailed to the local’s treasurer, Jodie MacIlreith at HfxCoFinance@nstu.ca. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Staffing Information Session Designed for Newer Teachers


There will be an NSTU information session coming up soon which is designed to help newer teachers make well informed decisions heading into the Teacher Placement Process (TPP) and the Term Teaching posting rounds.  This session will clarify the various types of employment status that teachers may attain on their way to a permanent contract.  It will also cover some key information regarding teacher qualifications, as well as other related topics.

So, who should attend this session?  I would say it would be most beneficial to teachers who currently have term recall status or aggregate status.  Anyone who anticipates going to TPP will certainly benefit from this session as well including anyone who is declared surplus at their school.  It would also be a good session for substitute teachers.

So, if you or someone you know would want to attend this session, please share the details below:
 

When: Thursday, June 2nd at 4:30 pm

Where: Online—Zoom platform

Who: This session is being led by the three Local Presidents in Metro but there will also be NSTU Staff Officers on the Zoom call.

How: In order to sign up, please email, halifaxcountylocal@nstu.ca so the Zoom link can be sent directly to you.

 

If you have any other questions about this session, you can always send an email for clarification as well.

 

Reps and Equity

The Reps and Equity Committee have booked a new date for the No Girls Allowed book talk!  We are super excited to let you know that it is indeed happening on Thursday, May 26, 2022. If you wish to receive a copy of the novel and participate in the book talk, please fill out the link below. The committee will be in touch soon about getting the novel to you.

https://forms.gle/QaXErt58vqfK4yqp6

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  County members can submit their nomination using the Google Form link included:

The Nominations Committee has also opened applications for standing committees for next year (2022-23).  The Google Form for this application is below. NOTE: all current members of a standing committee must re-apply to be considered for committee selection for next year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpObqEqRiYDUENUu6e6oWTB9wFrd_drh4Opt6SNlzkuoJuAA/viewform

The deadline for all forms will close on Friday, May 20 at 4 pm.  Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM.  Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

Finance Committee

Halifax County Bursary is Now Open

Halifax County bursaries are given to the children/stepchildren of Halifax County Local members (not PSAANS members) who are currently (2021-22) teaching in a term or permanent position.  Applicants must be graduating from High School in June 2022. This bursary must be used for enrollment in secondary education in September 2022 and cannot be deferred to another school year. The amount received by each recipient will be dependent on how many applications are received in total. The deadline for application is Friday, May 20th, 2022.

https://forms.gle/43Emw2CR8jK5yRPL6

 

Social Wellness Committee

The Social Wellness Committee has scheduled another sociable at Freeman’s, Sackville Drive, May 19, 3:30-6 . 

Please RSVP to hfxcowellness@nstu.ca ASAP to allow for staffing and food ordering.

Please encourage your staff to come out and enjoy a free drink and appies courtesy of our Local. Bring NSTU or HRCE identification to sign in. 

Card Making Session

On May 17th, the Social Wellness Committee is hosting an all occasion card making session – a small group event (up to a maximum of 12). Contact mmferguson@nstu.ca for registration. No charge. Location: the Hfx. Co office, Brownlow Avenue, Dartmouth. We have two spots left!! First come, first served, so don’t delay! Time 6:30-8.

Retirement Ticket Drive News

Do you know a colleague who retired in 2021 or is  set to retire in June 2022? Do you want to attend the Hfx Co Retirement banquet to celebrate them?  This year the retirement banquet is going wireless!  Guest tickets are $55. Tickets can be accessed until May 31.  

This link is only for members wishing to purchase tickets. 2021 and 2022 Retirees already have been contacted with information on their links.  

 

https://conf.nstu.ca/ConferenceRegistrations/Index/133

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

As some teachers have asked about their lost narking and preparation time, I have included the section in article 59 to clarify. Also, many teachers have expressed they have significant barriers to carrying out their duties, so a section of the Working Conditions article is also attached. A link to both articles in their entirety is listed below for your reference. Please email our local NSTU staff officer if you need assistance or clarification for either article, Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

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

ARTICLE 59 MARKING AND PREPARATION TIME

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.

ARTICLE 70 WORKING CONDITIONS

70.02 A teacher(s) who considers a system, policy or structure as causing a significant barrier(s) to carrying out the teacher’s duties may report the facts of the situation in writing to their immediate supervisor who shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report the response in writing within fifteen (15) days to the teacher(s).

 

In solidarity.

Shawn Hanifen

May 2nd, 2022

Annual Council was this weekend and was very engaging with lots of debate. Also, there were remarks from both the Education Minister and Premier. This Council also had Presidential candidates’ speeches and Q&A as Paul Wozney has completed his second term as President. On behalf of the local I would like to thank Paul for his dedication and service to the NSTU.

 

Thank you to our delegation for volunteering your weekend in service of the NSTU. And a special thanks to MAL of Social Wellness Leah Gillis and her committee for all their hard work at our County local suite. It takes a lot of work to have everything run as seamlessly as it did. Great job! Thank you to our Council Coordinator Jason Jennings and First VP Turk MacDonald (our Resolution Chair) for their hard work on Annual Council 2022.

 

A reminder to Reps regarding the Shaping our Futures email with PowerPoint and Probing questions that, if possible, that info will be collected at the May 11th meeting as well. There will also be paper copies available at the meeting.

 

 

Please see the Announcements below and the deadline dates for each initiative from our local committees. Please note the deadline for the Local Bursary of Friday May 20th, 2022. Any questions for the Local Bursary can be emailed to the local’s treasurer, Jodie MacIlreith at HfxCoFinance@nstu.ca. 

Also, the next local meeting is set for May 11th at 5:30pm (tentatively) at the Legion in Lower Sackville as a large component will be for speeches and a Q&A. At that meeting you will have an opportunity to meet with the 7 candidates to be your next NSTU Provincial President. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reps and Equity

The Reps and Equity Committee have booked a new date for the No Girls Allowed book talk!  We are super excited to let you know that it is indeed happening on Thursday, May 26, 2022. If you wish to receive a copy of the novel and participate in the book talk, please fill out the link below. The committee will be in touch soon about getting the novel to you.

https://forms.gle/QaXErt58vqfK4yqp6

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  County members can submit their nomination using the Google Form link included:

The Nominations Committee has also opened applications for standing committees for next year (2022-23).  The Google Form for this application is below. NOTE: all current members of a standing committee must re-apply to be considered for committee selection for next year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpObqEqRiYDUENUu6e6oWTB9wFrd_drh4Opt6SNlzkuoJuAA/viewform

The deadline for all forms will close on Friday, May 20 at 4 pm.  Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM.  Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

Finance Committee

Halifax County Bursary is Now Open

Halifax County bursaries are given to the children/stepchildren of Halifax County Local members (not PSAANS members) who are currently (2021-22) teaching in a term or permanent position.  Applicants must be graduating from High School in June 2022. This bursary must be used for enrollment in secondary education in September 2022 and cannot be deferred to another school year. The amount received by each recipient will be dependent on how many applications are received in total. The deadline for application is Friday, May 20th, 2022.

https://forms.gle/43Emw2CR8jK5yRPL6

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

As some teachers have asked about their lost narking and preparation time, I have included the section in article 59 to clarify. Also, many teachers have expressed they have significant barriers to carrying out their duties, so a section of the Working Conditions article is also attached. A link to both articles in their entirety is listed below for your reference. Please email our local NSTU staff officer if you need assistance or clarification for either article, Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

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

ARTICLE 59 MARKING AND PREPARATION TIME

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.

ARTICLE 70 WORKING CONDITIONS

70.02 A teacher(s) who considers a system, policy or structure as causing a significant barrier(s) to carrying out the teacher’s duties may report the facts of the situation in writing to their immediate supervisor who shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report the response in writing within fifteen (15) days to the teacher(s).

 

In solidarity.

Shawn Hanifen

 

April 25th Check-In

Hello everyone,

Sorry for the delay in the Check-in, but with the email down and then our Education Week ceremony being held yesterday this morning seemed the best time to post and send the link to school reps. On the Education Week ceremony, congrats to Bahij Haddad of Five Bridges Junior High, who was Halifax County’s HRCE recipient. Bahij was recognized for creating a very welcoming school community and work in the area of diversity. Congrats Bahij.

Please see the Announcements below and the deadline dates for each initiative from our local committees. Please note the deadline for the Local Bursary of Friday May 20th, 2022. Any questions for the Local Bursary can be emailed to the local’s treasurer, Jodie MacIlreith at HfxCoFinance@nstu.ca. 

Also, the next local meeting is set for May 11th at 5:30pm (tentatively) at the Legion in Lower Sackville as a large component will be for speeches and a Q&A. At that meeting you will have an opportunity to meet with the 7 candidates to be your next NSTU Provincial President. 

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Reps and Equity

The Reps and Equity Committee have booked a new date for the No Girls Allowed book talk!  We are super excited to let you know that it is indeed happening on Thursday, May 26, 2022. If you wish to receive a copy of the novel and participate in the book talk, please fill out the link below. The committee will be in touch soon about getting the novel to you.

https://forms.gle/QaXErt58vqfK4yqp6

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened nominations for the following local executive positions.  County members can submit their nomination using the Google Form link included:

The Nominations Committee has also opened applications for standing committees for next year (2022-23).  The Google Form for this application is below. NOTE: all current members of a standing committee must re-apply to be considered for committee selection for next year.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdpObqEqRiYDUENUu6e6oWTB9wFrd_drh4Opt6SNlzkuoJuAA/viewform

The deadline for all forms will close on Friday, May 20 at 4 pm.  Local Executive elections will be held at the June 8 AGM.  Standing committees for next year will be announced at the June 8 AGM as well.

 

Finance Committee

Halifax County Bursary is Now Open

Halifax County bursaries are given to the children/stepchildren of Halifax County Local members (not PSAANS members) who are currently (2021-22) teaching in a term or permanent position.  Applicants must be graduating from High School in June 2022. This bursary must be used for enrollment in secondary education in September 2022 and cannot be deferred to another school year. The amount received by each recipient will be dependent on how many applications are received in total. The deadline for application is Friday, May 20th, 2022.

https://forms.gle/43Emw2CR8jK5yRPL6

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

As some teachers have asked about their lost narking and preparation time, I have included the section in article 59 to clarify. Also, many teachers have expressed they have significant barriers to carrying out their duties, so a section of the Working Conditions article is also attached. A link to both articles in their entirety is listed below for your reference. Please email our local NSTU staff officer if you need assistance or clarification for either article, Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

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

ARTICLE 59 MARKING AND PREPARATION TIME

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.

ARTICLE 70 WORKING CONDITIONS

70.02 A teacher(s) who considers a system, policy or structure as causing a significant barrier(s) to carrying out the teacher’s duties may report the facts of the situation in writing to their immediate supervisor who shall investigate, take appropriate action, and report the response in writing within fifteen (15) days to the teacher(s).

 

In solidarity.

Shawn Hanifen