Check-In November 28th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had a wonderful weekend as we close out November and head into the holiday season. Last weekend was our Rep retreat. Thank you to all the Reps and Executive members who spent their weekend taking in educational sessions on how our union and educational system works. Also, thank you to our NSTU staff officers who facilitated these sessions. And last, but certainly not least, a thank you to our Reps and Equity committee, and their VP Desiree Danielle, for putting on such a great conference. A lot of work goes into these and this conference is second to none.

 

At the conference Reps wanted some handy contact info that was provided during one of the sessions. Below is contact info for myself, our NSTU staff officer, our PE representatives and the OH&S Division. Please keep these contacts on hand:

Local President- Shawn Hanifen

halifaxcountylocal@nstu.ca

(902)499-0933

NSTU Staff Officer- Wally Fiander

wefiander@staff.nstu.ca

Telephone (902) 477-5621
Toll-free 1-800-565-6788

Local Provincial Executive

Meg Ferguson

mmferguson@nstu.ca

Duncan Cameron

duncancameron@nstu.ca

OH&S Division General Inquiries and Reporting
Toll-free: 1-800-952-2687 (24 hours)
Halifax Metro: 902-424-5400(Monday to Friday 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. only)
E-mail:ohsdivision@novascotia.ca


Please note the following important deadlines coming up for both our Member Registry (December 5th) and for members considering retirement to apply for ERIP’s by the end of December. Please make sure to review both.

 

Early Retirement Incentive Plan

Any member who is retiring this year and interested in an Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) must apply by December 31st. Any retiring teacher should reach out to the local’s NSTU executive staff officer, Wally Fiander, for details. Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

 

NSTU Member Registry

NSTU reps should be updating the Membership Registry online and in real time. When an NSTU rep updates the site list, the changes are immediately made to the database ensuring the Union’s membership information is current and accurate.

Individual members can also update all their personal, employment assignment and contact information themselves

Membership figures are pulled from the Registry on the first Monday in December and the first Monday in March each year.  NSTU representatives are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the site information within the Membership Registry.  All site updates should be completed at least one week prior to each of the above-mentioned dates and may be completed any time prior to that point. Should you require additional information please contact NSTU Central Office by phoning (902)-477-5621, or toll free at (800) 565-6788 or by emailing registry@nstu.ca.

A link to the webpage and the Site Management Instructions for NSTU School Representatives is below. In addition, at the bottom of the webpage link there is a link to forms for new members at your school site, if they do not show up on your registry.

Membership Registry (nstu.ca)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Communications

Please see the attached AC 2023 Delegate Application Form link below for any Halifax County member to apply to attend this year’s Annual Council held from April 28-30th, 2023.

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

 

ASKING PACKAGE SUBMISSIONS-Regional Bargaining
In preparation for the next round of bargaining with the HRCE, the nstu Halifax Regional economic welfare committee is seeking member input for the creation of our asking package.
 
If you think there are things which should be changed in your Regional agreement, please submit your ideas to the committee through email at halifaxaskingpackage@nstu.ca or by following this link to the Google Form: https://forms.gle/xikPVpp2ZxKMC2Pa6  
 
Submissions do not need to be written in contractual language.  If emailing your submission, the email including your submission must come from a non-employer email and should include your name, school and your professional number.
 

For your convenience, you may find a copy of the current Regional agreement at
https://nstu.blob.core.windows.net/nstuwebsite/data/agreements/HRCE2019web.pdf 
Submissions should relate to articles within the current halifax regional agreement or any article contained in any other regional agreement.
 
Submissions to be considered in the upcoming round of negotiations should be submitted prior to January 31st, 2023. The committee will consider each submission carefully before deciding which submission will be included in our presentation to the HRCE.

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

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.

 

Have a great week, 

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In November 21st, 2022

Hi everyone,

Just a brief Check-In this week with a reminder of this week’s meeting at the Legion in Lower Sackville at 45 Sackville Cross Rd., Lower Sackville. Resolutions submitted to the local will be heard and voted on at that time. Please note the following important deadlines coming up for both our Member Registry (December 5th) and for members considering retirement to apply for ERIP’s by the end of December

 

Early Retirement Incentive Plan

Any member who is retiring this year and interested in an Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) must apply by December 31st. Any retiring teacher should reach out to the local’s NSTU executive staff officer, Wally Fiander, for details. Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

 

NSTU Member Registry

NSTU reps should be updating the Membership Registry online and in real time. When an NSTU rep updates the site list, the changes are immediately made to the database ensuring the Union’s membership information is current and accurate.

Individual members can also update all their personal, employment assignment and contact information themselves

Membership figures are pulled from the Registry on the first Monday in December and the first Monday in March each year.  NSTU representatives are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the site information within the Membership Registry.  All site updates should be completed at least one week prior to each of the above-mentioned dates and may be completed any time prior to that point. Should you require additional information please contact NSTU Central Office by phoning (902)-477-5621, or toll free at (800) 565-6788 or by emailing registry@nstu.ca.

A link to the webpage and the Site Management Instructions for NSTU School Representatives is below. In addition, at the bottom of the webpage link there is a link to forms for new members at your school site, if they do not show up on your registry.

Membership Registry (nstu.ca)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Nominations

Please see the attached AC 2023 Delegate Application Form link below for any Halifax County member to apply to attend this year’s Annual Council held from April 28-30th, 2023.

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

 

Social Wellness

Join the Social Wellness Committee for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever family movie event on Saturday, December 3rd.  Doors open at 9:15, show begins at 10:00.  Please see the poster, or the Google Form, for more details.  Register for tickets at https://forms.gle/2hF8CxJfmUyAxPtW6.  It is first come first served, so do not hesitate if you are interested!  Please join us in supporting Feed Nova Scotia with a food donation at the event.

 

ASKING PACKAGE SUBMISSIONS-Regional Bargaining
In preparation for the next round of bargaining with the HRCE, the nstu Halifax Regional economic welfare committee is seeking member input for the creation of our asking package.
 
If you think there are things which should be changed in your Regional agreement, please submit your ideas to the committee through email at halifaxaskingpackage@nstu.ca or by following this link to the Google Form: https://forms.gle/xikPVpp2ZxKMC2Pa6  
 
Submissions do not need to be written in contractual language.  If emailing your submission, the email including your submission must come from a non-employer email and should include your name, school and your professional number.
 

For your convenience, you may find a copy of the current Regional agreement at
https://nstu.blob.core.windows.net/nstuwebsite/data/agreements/HRCE2019web.pdf 
Submissions should relate to articles within the current halifax regional agreement or any article contained in any other regional agreement.
 
Submissions to be considered in the upcoming round of negotiations should be submitted prior to January 31st, 2023. The committee will consider each submission carefully before deciding which submission will be included in our presentation to the HRCE.

 

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.

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

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

ARTICLE 40 IN-PROVINCE TEACHER EXCHANGE PROGRAM

40.01 There shall be an in-province job exchange program as set forth in Appendix C.

40.02 Proposed exchanges pursuant to 40.01 are subject to the approval by participating Education Entities and/or the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development.

40.03 Matters relating to an Education Entity’s and/or the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development’s participation in the exchange program pursuant to 40.01 and decisions made by the participating Education Entities and/or the Department of Education and Early Childhood Development pursuant to 40.02 shall not be grievable or negotiable at the local level.

 

To see the article in its entirety (and Appendix C) please see the link below…

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

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Long Term Disability

This coverage provides a benefit based on 70% of your gross monthly salary at the time your claim commences. As the Employer pays a portion of the premium, this is a taxable benefit to you. The Long-Term Disability benefit is integrated with the Canada Pension Plan. The qualifying period before benefit payments would commence is the greater of 90 calendar days or your accumulated sick leave. When you are in receipt of Long-Term Disability benefits, members continue to accumulate pensionable service as contributions by both the member and Employer are required. The NSTU Long Term Disability plan is cost-shared with the Employer at 50%.

 

Take care,

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In November 14th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had another relaxing long weekend. Just a brief Check-In this week with a reminder of next week’s meeting at the Legion in Lower Sackville at 45 Sackville Cross Rd., Lower Sackville. Resolutions submitted to the local will be heard and voted on at that time.

Please note the following important deadlines coming up for both our Member Registry (December 5th) and for members considering retirement to apply for ERIP’s by the end of December.

Early Retirement Incentive Plan

Any member who is retiring this year and interested in an Early Retirement Incentive Plan (ERIP) must apply by December 31st. Any retiring teacher should reach out to the local’s NSTU executive staff officer, Wally Fiander, for details. Wally’s email is wfiander@staff.nstu.ca.

NSTU Member Registry

NSTU reps should be updating the Membership Registry online and in real time. When an NSTU rep updates the site list, the changes are immediately made to the database ensuring the Union’s membership information is current and accurate.

Individual members can also update all their personal, employment assignment and contact information themselves

Membership figures are pulled from the Registry on the first Monday in December and the first Monday in March each year.  NSTU representatives are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the site information within the Membership Registry.  All site updates should be completed at least one week prior to each of the above-mentioned dates and may be completed any time prior to that point. Should you require additional information please contact NSTU Central Office by phoning (902)-477-5621, or toll free at (800) 565-6788 or by emailing registry@nstu.ca.

A link to the webpage and the Site Management Instructions for NSTU School Representatives is below. In addition, at the bottom of the webpage link there is a link to forms for new members at your school site, if they do not show up on your registry.

Membership Registry (nstu.ca)

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Communications

Please see the attached AC 2023 Delegate Application Form link below for any Halifax County member to apply to attend this year’s Annual Council held from April 28-30th, 2023.

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

 

Social Wellness

Join the Social Wellness Committee for the Black Panther: Wakanda Forever family movie event on Saturday, December 3rd.  Doors open at 9:15, show begins at 10:00.  Please see the poster, or the Google Form, for more details.  Register for tickets at https://forms.gle/2hF8CxJfmUyAxPtW6.  It is first come first served, so do not hesitate if you are interested!  Please join us in supporting Feed Nova Scotia with a food donation at the event.

 

ASKING PACKAGE SUBMISSIONS-Regional Bargaining
In preparation for the next round of bargaining with the HRCE, the nstu Halifax Regional economic welfare committee is seeking member input for the creation of our asking package.
 
If you think there are things which should be changed in your Regional agreement, please submit your ideas to the committee through email at halifaxaskingpackage@nstu.ca or by following this link to the Google Form: https://forms.gle/xikPVpp2ZxKMC2Pa6  
 
Submissions do not need to be written in contractual language.  If emailing your submission, the email including your submission must come from a non-employer email and should include your name, school and your professional number.
 

For your convenience, you may find a copy of the current Regional agreement at
https://nstu.blob.core.windows.net/nstuwebsite/data/agreements/HRCE2019web.pdf 
Submissions should relate to articles within the current halifax regional agreement or any article contained in any other regional agreement.
 
Submissions to be considered in the upcoming round of negotiations should be submitted prior to January 31st, 2023. The committee will consider each submission carefully before deciding which submission will be included in our presentation to the HRCE.

 

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.

 

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

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Long Term Disability

Effective August 1, 2014 – the NSTU Long Term Disability Plan is mandatory for all members without the ability to opt out unless the following condition has been met:

  • Plan member is age 65 or has 35 years of pensionable service less accumulated sick leave.

Cost Sharing

Under the Teachers’ Provincial Agreement/APSEA Agreement, the Employer cost shares monthly premium with members by paying 50%. Some members are grandfathered at 70% of the monthly cost.

Coverage

  • 70% of gross monthly salary at time claim commences – taxable
  • For long-term claims, benefit reduced by Workers’ Compensation and/or Canada Pension
  • Rehabilitation benefit
  • Cost-of-living benefit, outside the insurance contract
  • Elimination period of 90 calendar days, or accumulated sick leave, whichever is greater
  • Benefits payable to age 65
  • Pension contributions are made by Member and Employer

Adjudicators

Adjudicated by Manulife Financial

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

 

Take care,

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In Nov 7th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Hope the time change on the weekend treated you well, I know I woke up early each morning since. Hard to believe the weather we are getting this late into Fall. Just a brief Check-In with some announcements for Annual Council and how to send items to the Asking package.

And a reminder our next Local Meeting is Wednesday, November 23rd at 6pm (supper at 5:30) at the Legion in Lower Sackville at 45 Sackville Cross Rd., Lower Sackville. Resolutions to Council will be heard and voted on at that meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Communications

Please see the attached AC 2023 Delegate Application Form link below for any Halifax County member to apply to attend this year’s Annual Council held from April 28-30th, 2023.

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

Economic Welfare

Hello Everyone,

NSTU members who make up the Provincial Economic Welfare Committee (PEWC) from across the province will meet shortly to begin the process of putting together the asking package. If we want to have improvements to our contract in areas such as, working conditions, prep time, pay, medical and other benefits, etc. Then we are needed to let PEWC know what we value. You can do this by sending a simple email with your thoughts.

Here is how you can get your ideas into the ‘Provincial Asking Package’. It is simple and quick. Send an email with your idea/request. Direct and to the point is all that is required.

Submit your request for the ‘Asking Package’ by emailing it to the Provincial Economic Welfare Committee (PEWC) at askingpackage@nstu.ca

Remember to use a non-employer email. Share this with your colleagues. 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Provincial

ARTICLE 6 RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE AND LEARNING ENVIRONMENT

6.01 Neither the Employer nor Education Entity nor any person acting on behalf of the Employer or Education Entity shall refuse to employ or to continue to employ any teacher or otherwise discriminate against any teacher in regard to employment or any term or condition of employment because the teacher is or was a member of the Union or is or was exercising any right under this Agreement, or Local Agreement, or the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Act.

6.02 Neither the Employer nor Education Entity nor any person acting on behalf of the Employer or Education Entity shall seek by intimidation, by threat of dismissal, or any other kind of threat, by the imposition of a pecuniary or other penalty or by any other means to compel a teacher to refrain from exercising any right under this Agreement, or Local Agreement, or the Teachers’ Collective Bargaining Act.

6.03 Neither the Employer nor Education Entity nor any person acting on behalf of the Employer or Education Entity shall discriminate against any teacher on the basis of the prohibited grounds as set out under the Nova Scotia Human Rights Act.

6.04 A teacher’s level of teaching certificate or place of residence shall not be just cause for discharge, termination of contract, or phase-out pursuant to 20.05 (ii) (b) of Article 20 Tenure.

6.05 The Union and the Employer recognize the responsibility of Education Entity to establish a policy for the protection of teachers from harassment and abuse pursuant to the Education Act

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

Additionally, the employer has a Respectful Workplace Program for all employees. Members may also wish to reach out to their NSTU staff officer, Wally Fiander, as NSTU staff can assist members in navigating the process and provide assistance to your specific concern.

Respectful Workplaces | Halifax Regional Centre for Education (hrce.ca)

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

Over-Age Dependents

Coverage

NSTU Total Care Medical/Dental Program provides coverage for eligible members, their spouses and dependent children to the age of 21, if unmarried and dependent upon the member for maintenance and support. NSTU Group Insurance is supplemental to Provincially Sponsored Medical Plans.

Coverage extended to age 27, if the child is attending an institution of higher learning on a full-time basis, unmarried and dependent upon the member for maintenance and support.

Definitions

“Dependent Children” means either natural children (legitimate or illegitimate), adopted children, or stepchildren of the member who are:

  • under 21 years of age, unmarried and dependent upon you for maintenance and support; or
  • under 27 years of age and unmarried and in attendance* at an institution of higher learning and dependent upon you for maintenance and support; or
  • any functionally impaired child may remain insured past the maximum age. The child, upon reaching the maximum age, must still be incapable of self-sustaining employment and be completely dependent on you for support and maintenance.

“Over-age Dependents” – On your dependent’s 21st birthday you must provide Johnson Inc. proof of full-time attendance at a post-secondary educational institution.

Requirements

All dependent children between the ages of 21 and 27 attending an institution of higher learning must provide Johnson Inc. each September with proof of full-time attendance at a post–secondary educational institution.

Proof must clearly indicate your over-age dependent’s name, full-time status and the semester they are attending.

Please forward one of the following examples of adequate proof of overage dependent status:

  1. invoice of tuition paid confirming full-time status
  2. a letter from the school confirming full-time status (any associated
    charges are your responsibility)
  3. timetable of courses confirming full-time status

Indicate on proof of full-time status, your name plus professional number.

On-line learning reviewed on an individual basis*.

If your over-age dependent discontinues enrolment in a formal education program or graduates, you must notify Johnson Inc. immediately to terminate over-age coverage.

Claims for “Over-Age Dependent” children cannot be processed by Medavie Blue Cross until the “Over-Age Dependent” is registered with Johnson Inc.

Your over-age dependent can use your benefit card. An additional card can be issued upon your request.

Insured dependents who reside outside of the Atlantic Provinces may be required to submit expenses for reimbursement.

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.c

Have a great week,

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In October 31st, 2022

Hi everyone,

Happy Halloween to everyone! Just a brief Check-In with Annual Council 2023 applications, a note how to submit to the provincial asking package and our Yuk Yuk’s social.  And a reminder our next Local Meeting is Wednesday, November 23rd at 6pm (supper at 5:30) at the Legion in Lower Sackville at 45 Sackville Cross Rd., Lower Sackville. Resolutions to Council will be heard and voted on at that meeting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS

Nominations

Please see the attached AC 2023 Delegate Application Form link below for any Halifax County member to apply to attend this year’s Annual Council held from April 28th-30th, 2023.

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

 

Economic Welfare

Hello Everyone,

NSTU members who make up the Provincial Economic Welfare Committee (PEWC) from across the province will meet shortly to begin the process of putting together the asking package. If we want to have improvements to our contract in areas such as, working conditions, prep time, pay, medical and other benefits, etc. Then we are needed to let PEWC know what we value. You can do this by sending a simple email with your thoughts.

Here is how you can get your ideas into the ‘Provincial Asking Package’. It is simple and quick. Send an email with your idea/request. Direct and to the point is all that is required.

Submit your request for the ‘Asking Package’ by emailing it to the Provincial Economic Welfare Committee (PEWC) at askingpackage@nstu.ca

Remember to use a non-employer email. Share this with your colleagues. 

Social Wellness

There will be a second Halifax County Local Event which will be a Yuk Yuks comedy evening and is set for 8pm – Friday, November 4th Mill Cove Brew Pub, Bedford One ticket per Halifax County member Limited seats – sign up early and please see the poster that was emailed out for details.

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Regional

ARTICLE 3 – SICK LEAVE

3.01 (a) Teachers shall be entitled to twenty (20) days sick leave with full pay, during each year. (b) Sick leave may be claimed by the teacher for purposes of obtaining medical, optical and/or dental treatment that cannot be made outside of school hours.

(b) Sick leave may be claimed by the teacher for purposes of obtaining
medical, optical and/or dental treatment that cannot be made outside
of school hours.

3.02 Teachers may be required to present a medical certificate in the Form attached, if the illness is more than five (5) consecutive days, or if there is a pattern of illness. Teachers who do not return the Form with complete information by the deadline provided may have their sick leave inactivated until such time as the form is satisfactorily completed, after a review of the individual circumstances.

 

The full Article can be found at the below link.

HRCE2019web.pdf (windows.net)

 

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

.

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

 

Happy Halloween!

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In October 24th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Just a brief Check-In this week. Congratulations to the Halifax County local members who received their recognition plaques at an awards supper this past Friday evening. Our local Service Award recipients were…

 Cindy Gillis

  • Angela Wisen
  • Kathy Tucker
  • Shelley Luddington
  • Carolyn Armitage
  • Cindy Ng
  • Leah Gillis
  • Melva Reynolds
  • Sheri Scott
  • Andrew Ardley
  • Paul Wozney
  • Duncan Cameron

And congratulations to Desiree Daniele who was acclaimed into the position of Vice-President: Equity & Reps (interim) at our meeting last week. Congratulations Desiree!

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Nominations

Please see the attached AC 2023 Delegate Application Form link below for any Halifax County member to apply to attend this year’s Annual Council held from April 28-30, 2023 

 

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

 

Economic Welfare

Hello Everyone,

NSTU members who make up the Provincial Economic Welfare Committee (PEWC) from across the province will meet shortly to begin the process of putting together the asking package. If we want to have improvements to our contract in areas such as, working conditions, prep time, pay, medical and other benefits, etc. Then we are needed to let PEWC know what we value. You can do this by sending a simple email with your thoughts.

Here is how you can get your ideas into the ‘Provincial Asking Package’. It is simple and quick. Send an email with your idea/request. Direct and to the point is all that is required.

Submit your request for the ‘Asking Package’ by emailing it to the Provincial Economic Welfare Committee (PEWC) at askingpackage@nstu.ca

Remember to use a non-employer email. Share this with your colleagues. 

 

Social Wellness

There will be a second Halifax County Local Event which will be a Yuk Yuks comedy evening and is set for 8pm – Friday, November 4th Mill Cove Brew Pub, Bedford One ticket per Halifax County member Limited seats – sign up early and please see the poster that was emailed out for details.

 

PD

CDAF grants are due Friday, October, 28 @ 4:00 pm. Please send to halifaxcountypd@nstu.ca

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Regional

ARTICLE 4 – BEREAVEMENT/SPECIAL LEAVES

Bereavement Leave

4.01 Teachers shall be entitled to temporary Leave of Absence for a maximum of five (5) days with pay for each death, in the teacher’s immediate family or the immediate family of the teacher’s spouse, or other legal dependents. “Immediate family” shall include grandparents, parents, husband or wife, brothers, sisters, children, grandchildren, co-habiting partner in a recognized relationship and common-law spouse. The Regional Centre may grant up to two (2) additional days for travel.

4.02 Teachers shall be entitled to special leave of one (1) day with pay for the purpose of attending either the funeral or burial service provided such service falls on a teaching day necessitated by the death of the teacher’s aunt, uncle, niece or nephew. The Regional Centre may grant up to two (2) additional days for travel.

4.03 For the purpose of Article 4.01 and Article 4.02 “teachers” shall include substitute teachers who have been classified as a “regular teacher” pursuant to Article 32 Substitute Teachers, of the Teachers’ Provincial Agreement.

4.04 In cases where there is a death of a member of the school staff or a member of the student body, teachers may be permitted to attend the funeral service in consultation with Human Resources Staff. The principal will maintain the secure operation of the school.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

CAREpath™

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

Helpful Links

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

 

Take care,

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In October 17th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Just a brief Check-In with a reminder to school reps of Wednesday’s meeting at the Legion for 6pm. Supper will be served at 5:30pm. Also, a reminder to all members to join the new Halifax County FB page. Please see the announcements this week as there are some pertinent dates, a November 4th comedy social (poster attached), some economic welfare session available for the membership and the VP of Reps and Equity (interim) position.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee would like to announce that Desiree Daniele is a candidate for the Local Executive position of Vice-President: Equity & Reps (interim).  The election will be held at the Local meeting on Wednesday, October 19. Further nominations will be taken from floor. 

 

Social Wellness

 The Social Wellness Committee invites you to our first event for 2022-2023!!  Join us Friday, October 21st from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Porter’s Lake Pub for relaxation and social time with colleagues.  Tickets for a beverage and appetizer for all Local members, as well as the chance to win one of our 12 gift card draws!  The staff with the highest percentage turnout will win a $50 gift certificate to the Pub. Check out the attached poster for details OR follow this link to sign up for the event and to pre-order your choice of appetizer (required by the venue).  We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!!

There will be a second Halifax County Local Event which will be a Yuk Yuks comedy evening and is set for 8pm – Friday, November 4th Mill Cove Brew Pub, Bedford One ticket per Halifax County member Limited seats – sign up early and please see the poster that was emailed out for details.

 

PD

CDAF grants are due Friday, October, 28 @ 4:00 pm. Please send to halifaxcountypd@nstu.ca

 

Economic Welfare

The Economic Welfare Committee are asking Reps and NSTU members to submit ideas for resolutions for our next Annual Council. As well as submissions for our next contracts both Regional and Provincial. Contracts are coming up this year. Any idea or thought you have that would benefit teachers or better their working condition’s then please take a moment and fill out the attached form. Keeping in mind we are collecting ideas and will write your ideas in resolution language. Please use the attached form and send it to tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

 

There will be a Zoom session on October 18th, 2022 @ 6:30pm via Zoom on Know Your Contract. Please see the poster that was sent to Reps

Register by completing the Google Form registration: https://forms.gle/jtsWGyvhysRoiu3q9 OR CONTACT: Turk MacDonald @ tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

 

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Regional

ARTICLE 4 – BEREAVEMENT/SPECIAL LEAVES

Special Leaves

4.05 Teachers shall be entitled to temporary Leave of Absence for a maximum of ten (10) days with pay in each school year for serious illness in the teacher’s immediate family or the teacher’s spouse as defined in Article 4.01. The Regional Centre may grant two (2) additional days for travel.

4.06 Teachers shall be entitled to temporary Leave of Absence with full pay for a maximum of three (3) days in any school year for urgent or imperative responsibilities. Responsibilities shall be defined as a victim of fire or flood or other natural disaster, or such others as may be approved by the Regional Executive Director or designate. The leave shall be for the purpose of addressing the urgent or imperative matter. The teacher responsible shall return to work once the matter is under control.

4.07 The Regional Centre shall, upon application, grant up to three (3) days leave with pay, or other accommodation for practicing adherents of established Religious Faiths to participate in major Holy Days of their religion.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

 

Your Wellness Partner – Offered Through CAREpath

Mental health issues affect the health and well-being of 1 in 4 people, regardless of age, gender, or background. In Canada, workplace mental health issues are associated with an enormous degree of disability with significant emotional and financial burden to both members and employers.  Research is showing there is a two-way connection:

  • Stress and conflict in the workplace can contribute to mental health issues.
  • Mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, or panic disorders, among others, can make it difficult for persons to perform their job, affecting concentration, decision-making, and communication with others.

This solution can help reduce the emotional and physical impact of such mental health concerns and provide a sounding board to treatment options and medical best practices.

Coverage

Member / Spouse and Dependent Child(ren) over the age of 14

This program provides two levels of intervention: navigation and psychotherapy. Navigation is provided by baccalaureate level registered social workers and nurses who are qualified to assess mental health concerns, and to deliver psychoeducation and supportive counseling and coaching with the goal of enhancing self-care strategies and management of concerns. The role of the navigator is to ensure a smooth integration with the member’s existing circle of health/ medical care, and to provide assistance in navigating the mental health care system.

When navigation is not sufficient and psychotherapy is required for employees with more complex needs, our navigators enlist the services of one of CAREpath’s advanced clinicians; these are registered Master’s or PhD prepared social workers, nurses, or psychologists. We also provide timely access to psychiatric assessments and second opinions on a plan of care.

Program Process & Details

This mental health program offers multiple levels of support to provide the right guidance at the right time for anyone experiencing mild to severe mental health concerns, using primarily distance technologies including telephone and virtual resources (e.g., internet, mobile app, email, and secured video chat via Cleveland Clinic Express Care® Online).

  • Initial assessment and navigation by a mental health nurse or social worker.
  • Access to psychiatric assessment and family physician consultation. A referral to Medaca Health Group (MHG) may occur at time of intake or at any time along the trajectory.
  • Psychoeducation and coaching for self-management strategies, supporting clients to be active partners in achieving wellness and where appropriate, return to work.
  • A facilitated CBT program called “Mind Zone” delivered by mobile application for iOS and android.
  • Psychotherapy by Masters/PhD prepared social workers, mental health nurses, and psychologists (including francophone).

Your Wellness Partner is designed to complement broad healthy-workplace strategies and community based mental health services, and to address gaps, improving the timeliness of service delivery. This is made possible by offering solutions that promote prevention and early intervention of mental health issues, acute mental illness, or chronic mental health conditions.

Counselling Modalities

Your Wellness Partner provides counseling/psychotherapy to individuals, couples and families. Foundational therapeutic philosophy is informed by strengths-based/positive psychology theories. Advanced clinicians provide psychotherapy informed by a number of evidenced based approaches, including:

  • Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)/Mindfulness Based CBT
  • Cognitive Processing Therapy
  • Acceptance & Commitment Therapy (ACT)
  • Behavioral Activation
  • Motivational Interviewing
  • Grief Therapy
  • Dialectical Behaviour Therapy (DBT)
  • Psychodynamic Psychotherapy
  • Mindfulness
  • Emotion Focused Therapy (EFT) and couple’s’ therapy
  • Sex Therapy
  • Family Systems Therapy
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Critical Incident Stress Management

Educational Materials

Your Wellness Partner offers a range of online educational tools/materials/ modules to support members with emotional wellbeing through “Your Wellness Lounge”. These materials are accessible online. These include self-management /information tools and facilitated programs to be used in conjunction with counseling or psychotherapy. Examples are:

  • Mind Zone via mobile application (CBT for depression/anxiety)
  • Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Solving Insomnia (with a tailoring for shift workers)
  • Social Anxiety
  • Substance Use: Alcohol
  • Coping with Sorrow, Loss, & Grief
  • Stress Management
  • Emotional Regulation
  • Managing Distressing Emotions
  • Interpersonal Effectiveness at Work
  • Return to Work Materials:
  • My Recovery Plan (for RTW)
  • Maintaining Wellness After Return to Work
  • Planning to Return to Work

Mind Zone Mobile CBT Application

Mind Zone is one resource available within Your Wellness Partner. It is a CBT program for anxiety and depression delivered using mobile technology (iOS and Android). The program is informed by the latest evidence, including a review of 1600 peer reviewed articles examining 900 + clinical trials, with over 50,000 participants. The research is clear: facilitated, internet based CBT is cost-effective, accessible, convenient, and clinically effective.

CAREpath’s CBT mobile app was developed in collaboration with our digital development partner, QoC Health. QoC Health believes in evidence-based co-design practice, ensuring that end users of the solution are reviewing and designing the solution to fit their specific needs. The program was validated by psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, and advanced practice nurses. This team ensured the correct workflows for clients with mental health problems, including pathways for people identified as having more severe symptoms or chronic illness.

Helpful Links

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/s/s8p0ynuby6e2eq0/PROGRAMS_ALL_PROGRAMS_EN.mp4?dl=0

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

Contact

All interaction with CAREpath™ is strictly confidential.

The Your Wellness Partner 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

 

Take care, 

Shawn Hanifen

Check-In October 11th,2022

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had another relaxing long weekend. A reminder to school reps of next week’s meeting at the Legion for 6pm. Supper will be served at 5:30pm. Also, a reminder to all members to join the new Halifax County FB page. Please see the announcements this week as there are some pertinent dates, a quick survey and some economic welfare sessions available for the membership and the VP of Reps and Equity (interim) position.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 Nominations

The Nominations Committee would like to announce that Desiree Daniele is a candidate for the Local Executive position of Vice-President: Equity & Reps (interim).  The election will be held at the Local meeting on Wednesday, October 19. Further nominations will be taken from floor. 

 

VP of Reps and Equity Candidate

 

My name is Desiree Daniele and I have been a Halifax County Local Member since 2005, committee member since 2015 and first joined the Executive in 2019 as the Member at Large: Equity and Reps. During my time as both a committee member and MAL, I have organized training opportunities for our Reps so they can best support our greatest asset, our Members. I make a point of listening to our Members and continue to ensure that our training opportunities continue to meet their evolving needs. I am organized, efficient and offer a strong voice for our Membership. I want to thank you for having put your trust in me for the past three years and for the opportunity to continue in the role of Vice President of Reps and Equity on October 19th.

 

Social Wellness

 The Social Wellness Committee invites you to our first event for 2022-2023!!  Join us Friday, October 21st from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at the Porter’s Lake Pub for relaxation and social time with colleagues.  Tickets for a beverage and appetizer for all Local members, as well as the chance to win one of our 12 gift card draws!  The staff with the highest percentage turnout will win a $50 gift certificate to the Pub. Check out the attached poster for details, OR follow this link to sign up for the event and to pre-order your choice of appetizer (required by the venue).  We are looking forward to seeing you there!!!!

 

Click the link below for our short 2 question retirement survey, a poster was also distributed to Reps via email.

Retirement Event Preferences (google.com)

 

Economic Welfare

The Economic Welfare Committee are asking Reps and NSTU members to submit ideas for resolutions for our next Annual Council. As well as submissions for our next contracts both Regional and Provincial. Contracts are coming up this year. Any idea or thought you have that would benefit teachers or better their working condition’s then please take a moment and fill out the attached form. Keeping in mind we are collecting ideas and will write your ideas in resolution language. Please use the attactched form and send it to tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

There will be a Zoom session on October 18th, 2022 @ 6:30pm via Zoom on Know Your Contract. Please see the poster that was sent to Reps

Register by completing the Google Form registration: https://forms.gle/jtsWGyvhysRoiu3q9 OR CONTACT: Turk MacDonald @ tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

  

It is in your Provincial/Regional Agreement

Regional

HRCE2019web.pdf (windows.net)

ARTICLE 5 – LEAVE OF ABSENCE

5.01 (i) The Regional Centre shall grant a one (1) school year unpaid Leave of Absence to a teacher on a permanent contract who applies for such leave. Upon completion of the Leave of Absence the teacher’s status within the school remains the same as if the Leave of Absence had not occurred; however, it should be understood that nothing in the application of the Leave of Absence will affect the status of a teacher in the school should it become necessary to apply Article 11 – Seniority and Reduction or Article 10 – Staffing. (ii) The Regional Centre may grant an additional one (1) school year unpaid Leave of Absence to a teacher granted a Leave of Absence pursuant to Article 5.01, and who has applied for a second such leave. Teachers shall provide written reasons for the request. Upon approval of the second year Leave of Absence, the teacher’s status will be surplus and the teacher’s position will become a permanent vacancy and will be posted in accordance with Article 10.01. The teacher shall apply for positions pursuant to Articles 10.10 and 10.11 for the year of their scheduled return.

5.02 (i) Applications for Leave of Absence shall be submitted to the Director of Human Resource Services or designate on or before April 1 of the school year prior to the one in which leave is desired. (ii) Applications for a Leave of Absence submitted after April 1 may be granted by the Regional Centre.

5.03 A teacher on Leave of Absence shall inform the Regional Centre on or before April 1 prior to the next school year, of the teacher’s intention of returning to the system, or the teacher’s position will become a permanent vacancy and will be posted in accordance with Article 10.01 be placed in a position by the Regional Centre. The teacher will be declared surplus and will only receive August payment(s) if the teacher has confirmed the teacher’s return. A teacher who fails to confirm the teacher’s return, before the meeting pursuant to Article 10.11 shall be placed in a position by the Regional Centre.

5.04 All benefits earned by a teacher up to the commencement of the Leave of Absence shall be held for the teacher while the teacher is on Leave of Absence but no usage or further accumulation of benefits shall be permitted until the teacher resumes teaching for the Regional Centre. For greater clarity, a Leave of Absence shall have no effect on a teacher’s seniority. 8 HRCE Collective Agreement

5.05 An unpaid Leave of Absence of less than one (1) year may be granted at the discretion of the Regional Centre.

5.06 Applications for an unpaid Leave of Absence of less than one (1) year duration shall be delivered in writing to the Regional Centre not less than two (2) months prior to the anticipated date of commencement of leave. In exceptional circumstances the Regional Centre may grant a leave with less than two (2) months’ notice.

 

NSTU Benefits at a Glance

The HealthCareAssist Program

The HealthCareAssist program is a new comprehensive navigation service that provides NSTU members, spouses and dependent children with answers, guidance and support before, during and after treatment, in the event of an illness or health crisis.

HealthCareAssist provides individual case management of all types of medical conditions. These conditions include cardiovascular conditions, stroke, diabetes, kidney conditions, and multiple sclerosis, just to name a few. A Nurse Case Manager provides a single point of contact, creates continuity of care and ensures patients receive the right treatment, at the right time, in the right place.

HealthCareAssist combines CAREpath’s team of highly trained and caring nurses with Cleveland Clinic Canada’s global network of physicians and specialists.

Here is how HealthCareAssist helps:

  • Dramatically improves the overall quality of care, recovery and outcomes
  • Provides in-depth assessment of treatment plans to ensure they are consistent with medical best practice
  • Explains options for tests and treatments specific for the individual
  • Facilitates access to diagnostic tests, treatments and clinical trials
  • Through Cleveland Clinic Canada, provides virtual doctor-to-doctor consults with the patient’s local treating physicians after completing medical second opinions
  • Guides patients to alternate treatment locations in and outside Canada, when requested or required
  • Delivers telephonically, making the service timely and efficient

Helpful Links

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/s/s8p0ynuby6e2eq0/PROGRAMS_ALL_PROGRAMS_EN.mp4?dl=0

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

Contact

The HealthCareAssist Program can be accessed directly at 1-844-453-6788 or through the NSTU at 1-800-565-6788, press 3.

 

Have a great week,

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In October 3rd, 2022

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone had a relaxing long weekend. Thank you to the school reps and the local executive for attending last week’s meeting. It was a great turnout for our first local meeting. Please see the announcement this week as there are some pertinent dates, a quick survey and some economic welfare sessions available for the membership.

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Social Wellness

Click the link below for our short 2 question retirement survey, a poster was also distributed to Reps via email.

Retirement Event Preferences (google.com)

 

Economic Welfare

The Economic Welfare Committee are asking Reps and NSTU members to submit ideas for resolutions for our next Annual Council. As well as submissions for our next contracts both Regional and Provincial. Contracts are coming up this year. Any idea or thought you have that would benefit teachers or better their working condition’s then please take a moment and fill out the attached form. Keeping in mind we are collecting ideas and will write your ideas in resolution language. Please use the attactched form and send it to tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

There will be a Zoom session on October 18th, 2022 @ 6:30pm via Zoom on Know Your Contract. Please see the poster that was sent to Reps

Register by completing the Google Form registration: https://forms.gle/jtsWGyvhysRoiu3q9 OR CONTACT: Turk MacDonald @ tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened the nominations for Vice-President: Equity & Reps (INTERIM).  The nominations will close on Friday, October 7 at 4 pm.  The election will be held at the October 19 local meeting. Members can use the link below to access the nomination form (Google Form).  Per NSTU electoral procedure, nominations will also be taken from the floor on the night of the election.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV9-X5KobVRuMddWWABexeaSBXnBNHsnfV9hMhDuV9pCs27w/viewform

 

Also, the Nominations Committee is seeking applications for membership on the Communications, Social Wellness & Ec Welfare/Resolutions Committees. Interested members can apply using the Google Form found at the following link:

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

 

Equity and Rep Committee

Reps are asked to fill out the Google Form below for the VP of Reps and Equity, Desiree Daniele, with contact info/allergies for Local Meetings.Thank you to Desiree and her committee for compiling Rep info.

https://forms.gle/MJNugvGcg8anWFFw5

Reps, please see the link for the Google Form for Rep Training.   

https://forms.gle/rEG15uVCGTceo4tD7

  

Retirement Seminar Schedule 2022-2023

 

Specific Locations to be Confirmed but the Retirement seminars will be on the following dates…

 

Jan 17 – 18

Feb 14 – 15

Feb 28 – Mar 1

 

The locations will be communicated to the registrants for each seminar. Teachers do not register with the Union for the Retirement Seminars. Members may wish to contact their principal/supervisor on how and when they can submit their names to attend a Retirement Seminar this school year.

 

Teachers must register through their employer (Regional Centre for Education, CSAP, or APSEA) and receive approval from their employer to attend a Retirement Seminar. The employer is responsible for advising teachers of their approval to attend a Retirement Seminar, which Retirement Seminar they have been approved to attend, and the appropriate absence code to use.

 

The Teachers’ Provincial and APSEA Agreements allow a teacher within 5 years of retirement to register with their Employer to attend a Retirement Seminar sponsored by the NSTU. Retirement Seminar topics include:

 

  • Pension Structure;
  • Money Management;
  • Retirement Income;
  • Wills and Estate Planning;
  • Insurance;
  • Transitioning to Retirement; and
  • Retired Teachers Organization (RTO)

 

Economic Welfare

The Economic Welfare Committee are asking Reps and NSTU members to submit ideas for resolutions for our next Annual Council. As well as submissions for our next contracts both Regional and Provincial. Contracts are coming up this year. Any idea or thought you have that would benefit teachers or better their working condition’s then please take a moment and fill out the attached form. Keeping in mind we are collecting ideas and will write your ideas in resolution language. Please use the attacked form and send it to tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

 

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

 

Shawn Hanifen

Local President

Check-In September 26th, 2022

Hi everyone,

Hope everyone is fairing out in the storm, many are still without power, so hang in there. Just a brief Check-In with a reminder of the Local Meeting set for Wednesday September 28th at 6pm at the Legion in Lower Sackville (supper at 5:30pm). Please monitor your email as the meeting will be dependant on schools being back in and that the Legion will be available.

Also, Reps please see the announcements on Rep Forms and the Member Registry. The central NSTU is also taking interested applicants for a Parliamentarian/Parliamentary Procedure opportunity for those interested.        

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Retirement Seminar Schedule 2022-2023

 

Specific Locations to be Confirmed but the Retirement seminars will be on the following dates…

 

Jan 17 – 18

Feb 14 – 15

Feb 28 – Mar 1

 

The locations will be communicated to the registrants for each seminar. Teachers do not register with the Union for the Retirement Seminars. Members may wish to contact their principal/supervisor on how and when they can submit their names to attend a Retirement Seminar this school year.

 

Teachers must register through their employer (Regional Centre for Education, CSAP, or APSEA) and receive approval from their employer to attend a Retirement Seminar. The employer is responsible for advising teachers of their approval to attend a Retirement Seminar, which Retirement Seminar they have been approved to attend, and the appropriate absence code to use.

 

The Teachers’ Provincial and APSEA Agreements allow a teacher within 5 years of retirement to register with their Employer to attend a Retirement Seminar sponsored by the NSTU. Retirement Seminar topics include:

 

  • Pension Structure;
  • Money Management;
  • Retirement Income;
  • Wills and Estate Planning;
  • Insurance;
  • Transitioning to Retirement; and
  • Retired Teachers Organization (RTO)

 

Social Wellness

Click the link below for our short 2 question retirement survey, a poster was also distributed to Reps via email.

Retirement Event Preferences (google.com)

 

PARLIAMENTARY PROCEDURE TRAINING

The NSTU plans to hold training sessions in parliamentary procedures intended to create a pool of parliamentarians for Union purposes. One individual from each Region plus one Member from each of the CSANE and APSEA Locals will be selected to participate. Training will take place over three sessions, full-day Fridays and half-day Saturdays (November 25/26, January 27/28, and March 24/25). Attendance at all three sessions is required in order to successfully complete the training. Applicants will be vetted by the Nominating Committee and approved by the Provincial Executive at their October 21st meeting; previous experience will be considered an asset. Deadline for submitting an application is Friday, October 14th, at 4:00 p.m.

Applications can be filled out online at (https://conf.nstu.ca/ConferenceRegistrations/Index/165) . Questions regarding the application process or the training sessions should be directed to Louis Robitaille, Executive Staff Officer, Research, Governance, and Policy at lrobitaille@staff.nstu.ca .

 

Economic Welfare

The Economic Welfare Committee are asking Reps and NSTU members to submit ideas for resolutions for our next Annual Council. As well as submissions for our next contracts both Regional and Provincial. Contracts are coming up this year. Any idea or thought you have that would benefit teachers or better their working condition’s then please take a moment and fill out the attached form. Keeping in mind we are collecting ideas and will write your ideas in resolution language. Please use the attacked form and send it to tdmacdonald@nstu.ca

 

 

Nominations

The Nominations Committee has opened the nominations for Vice-President: Equity & Reps (INTERIM).  The nominations will close on Friday, October 7 at 4 pm.  The election will be held at the October 19 local meeting. Members can use the link below to access the nomination form (Google Form).  Per NSTU electoral procedure, nominations will also be taken from the floor on the night of the election.

 

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeV9-X5KobVRuMddWWABexeaSBXnBNHsnfV9hMhDuV9pCs27w/viewform

 

Also, the Nominations Committee is seeking applications for membership on the Communications, Social Wellness & Ec Welfare/Resolutions Committees. Interested members can apply using the Google Form found at the following link:

 

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

 

Equity and Rep Committee

Reps are asked to fill out the Google Form below for the VP of Reps and Equity, Desiree Daniele, with contact info/allergies for Local Meetings. A list of dates are below. Thank you to Desiree and her committee for compiling Rep info.

https://forms.gle/MJNugvGcg8anWFFw5

Reps, please see the link for the Google Form for Rep Training.   
 
 

 

Meeting dates

Please note all Local General Meetings are booked for in person 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

 

NSTU Member Registry

Just a reminder to school site reps to update the Member Registry at their schools. Also, if you have a member who comes up as “No Match Found” please have them follow the process below to register for the Registry with the Central NSTU Office. Below are links for both the Registry and Member Information form; as well as an email to the Administrator of the Registry at registry@nstu.ca to better assist you. 

 

 

NSTU reps should be updating the Membership Registry online and in real time. When an NSTU rep updates the site list, the changes are immediately made to the database ensuring the Union’s membership information is current and accurate.

Individual members can also update all their personal, employment assignment and contact information themselves

Membership figures are pulled from the Registry on the first Monday in December and the first Monday in March each year.  NSTU representatives are responsible for ensuring the accuracy of the site information within the Membership Registry.  All site updates should be completed at least one week prior to each of the above-mentioned dates and may be completed any time prior to that point. Should you require additional information please contact NSTU Central Office by phoning (902)-477-5621, or toll free at (800) 565-6788 or by emailing registry@nstu.ca

 

A link to the webpage and the Site Management Instructions for NSTU School Representatives is below. In addition, at the bottom of the webpage link there is a link to forms for new members at your school site, if they do not show up on your registry. 

Membership Registry (nstu.ca)

 

 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

Take care,

Shawn Hanifen

Local President