Hello County! Happy Monday!
I hope that your PD days of last week were of value to you as we head into month #2 of the 2017/18 school year.
Last week was busy here, as we had both a management/teacher meeting as well as two days of regional negotiations. By now, most schools should have copies of the asking packages, and I hope that you have found time to review it. Trust that we are working hard on your behalf!
I did bring forward some key issues at management teacher, including the removal of small appliances. I will be going into this in more detail at our next general meeting on October 11, but suffice it to say that the directive to remove personal appliances was not altered in any way.
However, it should be noted that if you do have a small appliance that is necessary for programming, it should be provided for you by the employer. As well, if you feel that you require a device as part of a medical accommodation, you would need to go through the appropriate channels to have one provided for you. Finally, as all staff will now be expected to share a common device, we would expect members to be provided with adequate refrigeration space. If you feel that the current appliance is not meeting the needs of your staff, contact me for some tips as to how to proceed.
On another note, the NSTU conference day is coming up at the end of this month, which is always something to look forward to. However, I do know that there is some frustration among members that some conferences have already been filled. Please be advised that although attendance is certainly encouraged, there is no expectation on the part of the NSTU that you MUST attend. Now, obviously, the NSTU would encourage you to do so, and will consistently work with professional associations to meet the needs of the members. If you wish to, you may create a learning plan for consideration by your admin team but I would encourage you to use the day to get out of your building, and perhaps your comfort zone. (With an absolutely shameless plug for the EDANS conference!)
Finally, some great news. We have recently received a generous donation from the Ontario Elementary Teachers Association due to our labour struggles last year. This has worked out to approximately $5.50 per member. You local executive will be working closely with all the reps to see how best to spend this money to recognize all the great things you do for your kids. You will also be receiving a little treat this week from County local as a way of marking Teacher engagement day on October 5th. Please enjoy with our heartfelt thanks!
That’s it for week. Have a great few days and enjoy your upcoming Thanksgiving weekend.