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

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