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  • Check-In, Monday, April 24th

    Check-In, Monday, April 24th

    Wow, hard to believe it is the 24th already.

    As you all know, NOA’s are coming out shortly. Please make sure that you have your resume updated and that you check that your qualifications are up to date if you wish to apply for positions during the rounds. As well, if your NOA changes significantly, you may request a reason for that change from your admin team. If you have any questions or concerns, feel free to reach out.

    In other news, the bi-annual Pension symposium wrapped up on Saturday, and the information was tremendously valuable. The teacher’s pension plan does remain an area of some concern for the NSTU, and I will be sharing some information with the reps at our next local meeting. If you have a moment, you should check out the pension website. They have some very useful calculators on the site which you can use to calculate any number of retirement scenarios.  As well, I would encourage any member, regardless of where they are in their career, to attend one of the pre-retirement sessions that the regional Economic Welfare Committee offer from time to time.  Although meant primarily for mid and late career teachers, it is never to early to start thinking about retirement.  The next session is on May 29th.

    Speaking of retirement, if you are one of the lucky ones who have managed to reach the finish line, our annual retirement event is well into the final preparation stages. Tickets will be on sale at our May 10th meeting, and you can find out more by checking out the Social Wellness Page. Please note that the Guardians of the Galaxy movie tickets are completely sold out. Special thanks to our social committee for all their hard work!

    Administrators may want to check out the Developing Successful Schools conference that is held every year in New Brunswick. This conference brings administrators from all over the Atlantic Provinces together to discuss trends and issues facing schools today. If you are interested, contact hfxconominations@nstu.ca by the end of the day today.

    On the labour front, teachers around the province are continuing efforts to keep Bill 75 at the forefront of the next election by wearing colours of mourning on Tuesdays. Please tweet out a picture of yourself wearing your “Tuesdaymourning” clothes and use “#Tuesdaymourning”. As well, don’t forget that there is a rally being planned for this Thursday at the Legislature. Although not an official NSTU rally, teachers may want to attend to show their displeasure with the current MacNeil government’s approach to, well, everything. The rally starts at 4:00pm.

    Finally, Annual Council is fast approaching. I did have a number of requests from members who wanted to know the process for being an observer at Annual Council. If you are interested in finding out how you can be “a fly on the wall” t0 get a sense of what Annual Council is all about, drop me a line and I will fill you in.

    That’s it for this week folks. Reach out if you have any questions and please invite me by for a visit.

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