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

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