Chinooks Edge School Division No 73 (2007 - 2012)

This agreement is made pursuant to the Alberta School Act and the Alberta Labour Relations Code, as amended from time to time.

Between the Chinook's Edge School Division No 73, (hereinafter called "the Employer") of the first part and the Alberta Teachers' Association, a body corporate incorporated under the laws of the Province of Alberta, (hereinafter called "the Association") of the second part.

Whereas the Association is the bargaining agent for the teachers employed by the employer; and

Whereas terms and conditions of employment and salaries have been the subject of negotiations between the parties; and

Whereas the parties desire that these matters be set forth in an agreement concerning terms of employment of the said teachers;

NOW THEREFORE THIS AGREEMENT WITNESSETH that in consideration of the premises and of the mutual and other covenants herein contained the parties agree as follows:

1.   Bargaining Unit

1.1   This agreement applies to all employees of the Employer who, as a condition of their employment, must possess a valid teaching certificate issued under the authority of the Department of Education, the Province of Alberta, herein collectively called the teachers, or where the context requires, teacher, except those designated as:

(a) superintendent,
(b) deputy or assistant superintendent(s) or associate superintendent(s),
(c) director, curriculum and instruction,
(d) director, special education,
(e) director, technology services,
(f)  divisional psychologist(s).

2.   Scope

2.1   The Employer retains those residual rights of management not specifically limited by the terms of this agreement.

2.2   The matters negotiated by the parties in respect of the salaries and the terms and conditions of the teachers' employment with the Employer are governed by the provisions of this agreement and any statutory provisions relating thereto.

3.   Term of Agreement

3.1   This agreement takes effect September 1, 2007 and terminates August 31, 2012. Either party may give to the other not less than 60 days nor more than 180 days prior to the termination of this agreement a notice in writing of its intention to commence collective bargaining.

3.1.1   Not more than 30 days after notice is served the parties to this agreement shall meet:

(a) to establish ground rules;
(b) to set dates for future meetings;
(c) and may exchange proposals.

3.1.2   The two parties may, at any time, upon their mutual consent, negotiate revisions to this agreement. Any such revisions mutually agreed upon shall become effective from such date as determined during the course of negotiations.

3.2   If neither party submits notice as per clause 3.1, this agreement shall continue from year to year thereafter until notification of desire to amend or terminate is given as per clause 3.1.

3.3   The wording and figures contained in the articles and schedules of this agreement shall not be changed by either party, except through mutual agreement.

3.4   The Employer shall make available in each school copies of the collective agreement for each teacher. Upon engagement, each new teacher shall be given a copy. Costs shall be shared equally between the Employer and the Alberta Teachers' Association Local No 17.

4.   Salary Schedule

4.1   The Employer shall pay all teachers the salaries and allowances herein set forth and computed. All sums mentioned herein are "per annum" unless specifically stated otherwise. One month salary shall be 1/12 part of the annual salary at the rate in effect that month.

4.1.1   Except for substitute teachers, each teacher shall be paid 1/12 of the annual rate of salary as follows:

(a) on the 27 of the month or the Friday prior if the 27 falls on a Saturday or a Sunday;
(b) not later than two clear banking days prior to the Christmas vacation.

4.1.2   Teachers shall have their salary payments electronically deposited to their designated bank account.

4.2   The number of years of teacher education and the years of teaching experience, as computed according to this agreement, shall together determine the basic salary rate of each teacher employed by the Employer.

4.3   The following salary increases shall be provided in accordance with the Memorandum of Agreement between the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Teachers’ Association of November 15, 2007.

Effective September 1, 2007 adjust the salary grid in effect on August 31, 2007 by 3.0 per cent (note the rates identified herein for salaries, substitute teacher rates and allowances already reflect this increase).

For the school years 2008/09 to 2011/2012, salary grid adjustments will be as follows:

The Alberta Average Weekly Earnings* index (AAWE) percentage increase for September 1, 2008 will be calculated by comparing the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007 to the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2006 to December 31, 2006, and then applied to the salary grid in effect on August 31, 2008.

The Alberta Average Weekly Earnings* index (AAWE) percentage increase for September 1, 2009 will be calculated by comparing the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008 to the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2007, and then applied to the salary grid in effect on August 31, 2009.

The Alberta Average Weekly Earnings* index (AAWE) percentage increase for September 1, 2010 will be calculated by comparing the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009 to the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2008 to December 31, 2008, and then applied to the salary grid in effect on August 31, 2010.

The Alberta Average Weekly Earnings* index (AAWE) percentage increase for September 1, 2011 will be calculated by comparing the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2010 to December 31, 2010 to the average of earnings for Alberta for January 1, 2009 to December 31, 2009, and then applied to the salary grid in effect on August 31, 2011.

Note: If the AAWE calculation results in a negative number, the current salary grid in effect at the time shall continue in effect for the subsequent school year. 

* The average weekly earnings for Alberta (based on the Statistics Canada Survey of Employment, Payrolls and Hours), unadjusted for seasonal variation, by type of employee for selected industries classified using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS), monthly (Dollars) (281-0026).

The following salary schedule, as referenced above, shall be effective as indicated: 

Schedule "A" – Effective September 1, 2007

Years of
teaching
experience

Years of University Education

 

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

0

30,990

35,368

39,350

48,572

51,472

54,466

1

32,425

36,915

41,125

51,435

54,338

57,329

2

33,855

38,464

42,900

54,303

57,201

60,189

3

35,289

40,012

44,669

57,166

60,064

63,054

4

36,722

41,559

46,443

60,033

62,927

65,914

5/6

38,153

43,103

48,217

62,897

65,793

68,779

7

39,588

44,653

49,989

65,761

68,657

71,640

8

41,019

46,199

51,761

68,626

71,520

74,502

9

42,449

47,746

53,533

71,493

74,381

77,364

10

43,881

49,292

55,309

74,356

77,247

80,226

11

45,314

50,839

57,081

77,220

80,109

83,086

Grid restructuring will result in rows 5 and 6 being equal for the 2007-2008.
Grid restructuring will result in rows 6 and 7 being equal for the 2008-2009.
Grid restructuring will result in rows 7 and 8 being equal for the 2009-2010.
Grid restructuring will result in rows 8 and 9 being equal for the 2010-2011.
Grid restructuring will result in rows 9 and 10 being equal for the 2011-2012.

4.4   Nothing in this agreement shall reduce the basic salary of a teacher below the basic salary payable immediately prior to the effective date of this agreement.

4.5   A teacher who is employed to teach on a part-time basis for the full school year or a portion thereof shall be paid that fraction of the annual salary entitlement and group insurance plan premiums which corresponds to the fraction of time taught.

5.   Administration and Administrative Allowances

5.1   The administrative allowances are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid.

In addition to the foregoing salary, there shall be paid administrative allowances in accordance with the following schedule:

5.1.1   Effective September 1, 2007, principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $13,379         

101-200 students - $24.49 per student
201-300 students - $20.35
301-400 students - $17.65
401-500 students - $17.57
501-600 students - $16.96
601-700 students - $16.02
701+ - $14.79 per student

5.1.2   Effective September 1, 2007, vice-principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $6,688
101-200 students - $12.23 per student
201-300 students - $10.18
301-400 students - $8.83
401-500 students - $8.80
501-600 students - $8.48
601-700 students - $8.01
701+ - $7.40 per student

5.1.3   When an administrator is transferred at the Employer’s request, the affected administrator’s administrative allowance shall not be reduced below the administrative allowance (inclusive of any negotiated adjustment for that school year) paid to the administrator prior to the transfer, for a period of three years. At the commencement of the fourth and subsequent years, the affected administrator’s administrative allowance will be reduced by 20 percent until the amount of the administrative allowance is equal to the new administrative allowance payable.

5.2   Additional Allowances—The additional allowances are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid.

In addition to the salary specified in 4.3, there shall be paid additional allowances for other designated administrative positions as follows:

(a) Effective September 1, 2007

Division coordinators - $6,131
Department heads - $3,159
Teachers of Hutterite Colony schools - $2,525
Self-managed team member - $2,525
Curriculum and instruction leaders - $2,525

Note: Division coordinators appointed prior to September 1, 2005 shall be paid an allowance of $7,523.

5.3   In a school where there are nine or more teachers including the principal, the Employer shall designate one teacher to be vice-principal, unless an alternative administrative designation is deemed to be more practical after consultation and agreement between the Employer and the principal and staff of the school concerned.

5.4   Acting Principal

5.4.1   When in the absence of the principal, the vice-principal or other designee acts in his/her place for a period of five or more consecutive school days, the vice-principal or other designee shall be designated as acting principal and shall receive an allowance computed as per 5.1.1 effective the fifth day and every consecutive day thereafter of the period during which he or she is designated.

5.4.2   In schools where there is not a vice-principal, a teacher shall be designated acting principal and will be paid in accordance with the administration formula specified in article 5.1.1 effective the fifth consecutive day of the principals absence and prorated in accordance with the service rendered.

5.4.3   Such designation shall terminate upon the return to duty of the principal or either the principal or vice-principal(s) or upon the appointment of a new principal, who has assumed responsibility within the school, whichever is sooner.

5.5   The pupil count for all administrative allowances to be as of September 30 in each school year and Kindergarten students shall be counted in the same fashion as they are counted for grant purposes by Alberta Education.

5.6   The Employer may create or fill administrative positions other than those specifically enumerated in clause 5.2 hereof, provided that additional allowances are negotiated with the Alberta Teachers' Association Local No 17 economic policy committee's negotiating subcommittee before advertising and filling such position. If after 10 days from the time the notice is given to the committee no agreement is reached, the Employer may proceed to fill the position with the understanding that the amount of the allowance will be on the bargaining table at the next round of salary negotiations.

5.7   When a principal is seconded by division office to work on a project basis, the principal will continue to receive the same allowance during the secondment that the principal was receiving just prior to being seconded.

6.   Teacher Education

6.1   The evaluation of teacher education for salary purposes shall be determined by a statement of qualifications issued by the Alberta Teachers' Association Teacher Qualifications Service in accordance with the principles and policies established by the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board pursuant to the memorandum of agreement dated March 23, 1967, among the Department of Education, the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Alberta School Trustees' Association.

6.2   The adjustment dates for changes in the allowance for university education are commencement of the school year and February 1.

6.3   Each teacher claiming additional teacher education and each teacher commencing employment with the Employer, shall supply satisfactory evidence of teacher education to the Employer within 90 calendar days from commencement of the school year or from the date of commencement of employment or adjustment dates. If satisfactory evidence is not submitted within 90 calendar days, salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following submission of satisfactory evidence. This clause shall not apply if the teacher submits a copy of the application for evaluation of teacher education to the Employer within 45 calendar days of commencement of employment or adjustment dates.

6.4   In the event of an appeal or re-evaluation by a teacher of an aforementioned Teacher Qualifications Service evaluation, salary will be adjusted retroactively to the date of the evaluation being appealed or re-evaluated provided such action is initiated by the teacher within 30 calendar days of the date of the said Teacher Qualifications Service evaluation. Written proof of such an action by the teacher is required by the Employer to substantiate a claim under these provisions.

6.4.1   If an appeal or re-evaluation is not launched by a teacher within the said 30 days, salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following submission of the result of the action by the teacher provided such month is not July or August.

6.5   Until the teacher submits satisfactory evidence of qualifications, the teacher shall be placed on the salary schedule according to the most recent acceptable statement of qualifications or according to the minimum education requirements for their teaching certificate.

7.   Experience Increments

7.1   A year of teaching experience shall be earned by teachers providing service for at least the equivalent of 125 school days with the Employer. Teaching experience earned by part-time teachers shall be accumulated within four consecutive years. When a year of teaching experience has been accumulated, the teacher shall not begin to earn additional teaching experience until an increment has been granted at the beginning of another school year or February 1.

The number of years of teaching experience earned by a teacher prior to engagement by the Employer is granted as if it had been teaching experience in schools under the Employer’s jurisdiction.

No teacher shall receive increments for experience gained while not holding a valid teaching certificate.

7.2   The adjustment date for changes in the number of increments allowed for teaching experience shall be at the commencement of the school year or February 1.

7.3   Any teacher who substitutes part-time or full-time in the same position on five or more consecutive days shall accumulate those days or part thereof for the purpose of receiving an increment.

7.4   The teacher shall be responsible to submit satisfactory evidence of teaching experience to the Employer from other previous employer(s).

7.5   Proof of previous experience, or proof of having applied for same must be submitted to the Employer within 45 calendar days of commencement of the school year or the date of commencement of employment or February 1, whichever is applicable.

7.5.1   If such evidence is submitted within the 45 calendar days, salary shall be paid according to this experience effective the date of commencement of the school year or the date of commencement of employment or February 1, whichever is applicable.

7.5.2   If such evidence is not submitted within the aforementioned 45 days, the teacher shall be placed on the salary schedule according to the most recent acceptable statement of experience and years of university education. The salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following submission of such evidence.

7.6   A teacher shall not receive more than one increment per year regardless of circumstances.

8.   Substitute Teachers

8.1   The substitute teacher rates of pay are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

Effective September 1, 2007, substitute teachers shall be paid a per diem rate, the amount of which shall include vacation pay, as follows:

$163.77 per day
$98.26 per half day

8.2   Effective September 1, 2005, a substitute teacher who teaches four or more consecutive days in the same teaching position shall be paid effective the fifth day and every consecutive day thereafter a daily rate equivalent to 1/200 of his/her placement on the salary schedule.

Effective September 1, 2010, a substitute teacher who teaches three or more consecutive days in the same teaching position shall be paid effective the fourth day and every consecutive day thereafter a daily rate equivalent to 1/200 of his/her placement on the salary schedule.

8.3   When a substitute teacher is required for a period in excess of five consecutive teaching days in the same teaching assignment, the same substitute teacher shall be retained unless the substitute teacher is unwilling to continue the assignment.

Effective September 1, 2010, when a substitute teacher is required for a period in excess of four consecutive teaching days in the same teaching assignment, the same substitute teacher shall be retained unless the substitute teacher is unwilling to continue the assignment.

8.4   Substitute teachers shall be paid not later than the 10 day of the month following, provided the necessary payroll information is submitted no later than three calendar days following the last teaching day of the month in which the days were taught.

8.5   Continuous service as a substitute teacher in the same teaching assignment shall be deemed to be uninterrupted in the even of Teachers’ Convention or District, School, or Local Professional Development Days.

9.   Sick Leave

9.1   Sick leave benefits are sponsored by the Employer and will be granted with pay for the purpose of obtaining necessary medical or dental treatment or on account of injury, illness or disability to the extent hereinafter provided.

9.2   (a) In the first year of employment with the Employer, the teacher shall be entitled to statutory sick leave. Should sick leave exceed the number of days of sick leave entitlement, any salary adjustment required shall be made on the last cheque issued to the teacher for the current school year.

(b) During the second and subsequent years under contract, annual sick leave with full salary will be granted for the purpose of obtaining necessary medical or dental treatment or because of accident, sickness or disability for 90 calendar days.

(c) A teacher who has more than one year of service and has been absent due to medical disability shall, upon return to full-time duty, be entitled to an additional sick leave benefit of 90 calendar days.

9.3   A teacher who is absent from school duties to obtain necessary medical or dental treatment or because of accident, disability or sickness for a period of more than three consecutive teaching days may be required to present a medical certificate following the fifth teaching day of absence.

9.3.1   When a teacher has been absent on sick leave in excess of 20 consecutive days and wishes to return to work the teacher may be required by the Employer, at the Employer’s expense, to provide medical evidence stating that the teacher is fit to perform regular duties.

9.4   A teacher who is absent from school duties to obtain necessary medical or dental treatment or because of accident, disability or sickness for a period of three teaching days or less may be required to present a signed statement giving the reason for such absence.

9.5   Teachers shall be eligible for sick leave from the onset of illness or disability to the extent of sick leave credited to them but not beyond the date of eligibility for benefit under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.

9.5.1   After 90 continuous calendar days of illness or medical disability, no further salary shall be paid.

9.6   Provisions of this article shall not be applicable when a teacher is on another leave (other than sick leave) without pay, or while on strike.

9.7   When a teacher leaves the employ of the Employer, all accumulated sick leave shall be cancelled.

9.7.1   Notwithstanding clause 9.7, in the case of a teacher who has had one or more years of continuous service with the Employer and within two years is re-employed by the Employer, the teacher shall have entitlement to 90 calendar days of sick leave reinstated.

10.   Sabbatical Leave

10.1   Sabbatical leave shall mean any long term leave of absence granted to a teacher for professional development through study.

10.2   Sabbatical leave may be granted at the discretion of the Employer.

10.3   The remuneration of a teacher granted sabbatical leave shall be $30,900.

10.3.1   Sabbatical leave for the duration of a semester or trimester may be granted by the Employer. Remuneration shall be calculated on a prorated basis in accordance with clause 10.3.

10.4   A teacher who is granted sabbatical leave shall give an undertaking in writing to return to his/her duties following the expiry of his/her leave and shall not resign or retire from teaching service other than by mutual agreement between the Employer and the teacher, for a period of at least two years after resuming duties.

10.5   Should a teacher, by mutual consent, resign or retire from the service of the Employer before completing his/her two years service following such leave, repayment of sabbatical leave salary shall be made to the Employer on a prorated basis. Teachers on extended disability shall not have this counted as a repayment period.

10.6   Experience increments will not be granted to teachers for the period of leave.

10.7   A teacher granted sabbatical leave shall enter into an individual written agreement with the Employer as to the conditions under which the teacher may return to the school system at the conclusion of the leave provided the individual contract does not contravene the collective agreement.

10.8   For leaves commencing on or after September 1, applications must be made on or before the 30 of April.

10.9   All applicants shall be informed of the Employer's decision immediately following the regular May Board meeting.

11.   Maternity Leave

11.1   Effective February 5, 1997, teachers are entitled to maternity leave without pay for a period not exceeding 18 weeks.

11.2   When possible, a teacher will notify the Employer of her leave requirements three months in advance of the first day of leave. The commencement of and return from, maternity leave shall be determined by the teacher. A medical certificate certifying pregnancy and expected date of delivery shall accompany such notification.

11.3   Any teacher returning from maternity leave is entitled to a teaching position with the Employer. Any teacher returning from maternity leave who was employed on a probationary contract immediately prior to the leave may, at the discretion of the Employer, be offered a second probationary contract of employment.

11.4   The Employer shall continue to contribute the Employer's share of group insurance plan premiums during the entire maternity leave where the teacher chooses to continue coverage.

11.5   A teacher who is absent from teaching duties for a health related reason due to pregnancy that is substantiated by a medical certificate from a physician indicating the expected duration of the medical condition and the expected date of next assessment, shall, in lieu of salary provided in this agreement, accept supplementary employment benefits for the actual period of such medical condition pursuant to the medical evidence and a Supplementary Employment Benefits Plan registered by the Employer.

11.6   Maternity leave (other than the health related portion due to pregnancy defined in clause 11.5) shall not be considered teaching experience for the purpose of granting salary increments.

Adoption Leave

11.7   Effective February 5, 1997, teachers are entitled to adoption leave without pay for a period not exceeding eight weeks.

11.8   Teachers entitled to adoption leave shall notify the Employer, in writing, of leave requirements three months in advance of the leave, if possible, and at the first opportunity to do so afterwards if the three month requirement cannot be met.

11.9   Only one parent of an adopted child shall be entitled to adoption leave under these provisions.

11.10   Any teacher returning from adoption leave is entitled to a teaching position with the Employer. Any teacher returning from adoption leave who was employed on a probationary contract immediately prior to such leave may, at the discretion of the Employer, be offered a second probationary contract of employment.

11.11   One day leave with pay shall be provided to a teacher to attend the adoption of his/her child.

11.12   The Employer shall continue to contribute the Employer's share of group insurance plan premiums during the entire adoption leave where the teacher chooses to continue coverage.

11.13   Adoption leave shall not be considered teaching experience for the purposes of granting salary increments.

Child Care Leave

11.14   Child care leave shall be granted to a teacher without pay, allowances and other benefits of this agreement for a period of up to one school year:

(a) to provide care to a teacher's child less than two years of age; or

(b) to care for the teacher's adopted child less than three years of age or the teacher's adopted child who is identified as a special needs child.

11.15   The teacher shall, in consultation with the superintendent, three months in advance of the leave, determine the commencement date of the leave.

11.16   Return from child care leave shall occur at the beginning of a school year or the beginning of a reporting period or at such other time as mutually agreed by the teacher and superintendent.

11.17   Teachers returning from child care leave are entitled to a teaching position with the Employer. Any teacher returning from such leave who was employed on a probationary contract immediately prior to the leave may, at the discretion of the Employer, be offered a second probationary contract of employment.

11.18   A teacher requesting return prior to the expiry of the leave will be considered for appropriate vacancies.

11.19   Where child care leave is granted in conjunction with maternity or adoption leave, the combined total leave shall not exceed 12 months.

11.20   Leave taken for the purpose of child care shall not be considered teaching experience for the purpose of granting a salary increment.

11.21   One day of paternal leave with pay shall be provided to a teacher occasioned by the birth of his child.

12.   Other Leaves of Absence

Leave of absence shall be granted under the following conditions:

12.1   A teacher is entitled to temporary leave of absence with pay and such leave is deemed to be an authorized leave of absence approved by the Employer pursuant to section 111(1)(d)(i) of the School Act, 2000.

12.2   A teacher is entitled to not more than five teaching days for each occurrence because of the critical illness or five teaching days for death of spouse, child, parent, legal guardian, brother, sister, parents of spouse, grandparents, grandchildren, grandparents of spouse, brother-in-law, sister-in-law or a relative who is a member of the teacher's household and up to three teaching days to attend the funeral of aunts or uncles of the teacher or spouse or nieces or nephews of the teacher or spouse or close personal friends.

12.2.1   A teacher shall be entitled to use sick leave where the teacher’s presence is required, by the physician, for non-routine medical procedures for a child or spouse or household member.

12.3   A teacher is entitled to a leave of absence with pay for one day to attend convocation at a post-secondary institution at which the teacher or the teacher's son, daughter or spouse is graduating.

12.3.1   A teacher is entitled to a leave of absence with pay for one day per calendar year to write an examination related to the teacher's academic studies.

12.4   A teacher who, despite reasonable effort, is unable to travel to his/her school from his/her usual place of residence because of (a) inclement weather, (b) impassable road conditions, or (c) failure of transportation facilities other than his/her own, is entitled to his/her salary for the periods of absence so occasioned.

12.5   Leave of absence for salary negotiations shall be granted without loss of salary, provided that the Employer shall be reimbursed by the Alberta Teachers' Association Local No 17 for the cost of a substitute for each day of such leave.

12.6   Upon request to the principal, with two weeks notice where possible, a teacher shall be granted up to three personal leave days per school year except where circumstances put such leave in conflict with the interests of the school. Upon request to the superintendent, with two weeks notice where possible, a principal shall be granted up to three personal leave days per school year except where circumstances put such leave in conflict with the interests of the school.

(a) Effective September 1, 1996, one of these days shall be at no cost to the teacher/principal. If this day is not used at the end of the school year, it will be accumulated at a rate of one day per school year to a maximum of five days.

(b) For each of the other two days the cost of a substitute, including benefits, shall be borne by the teacher.

(c) A teacher/principal may not use more than four personal leave days in one school year, unless approved by the superintendent.

12.6.1   For any teacher under contract for 60 days or less in a school year, the provisions of clause 12.6 do not apply.

12.6.2   Any teacher under contract for 61 to 100 days in a school year shall be granted 1/2 day personal leave per school year.

12.6.3   Effective September 1, 2008, clauses 12.6.1 and 12.6.2 shall not apply and will be replaced by the following:

Clause 12.6 shall be applicable to part-time teachers on a basis prorated to the period of the teacher’s actual service in the year bears to a year of fulltime service.

12.7   When a teacher is required to serve on a jury or is subpoenaed to appear in the courts as a witness, the Employer will continue to pay the teacher's full salary provided the full amount of the allowance(s) (excluding reimbursement for authorized expenses) received by the teacher from the courts is remitted to the Employer.

12.8   Association Business

The Employer shall grant leave of absence with full pay for teachers who are absent to attend to professional business at the local level approved by the Alberta Teachers' Association. The Alberta Teachers' Association Local No 17 will reimburse the Employer at the daily rate or, where appropriate, the half-daily rate for substitute teachers under clauses 8.1 and 8.2 of this agreement.

12.8.1   It is recognized that from time to time the Alberta Teachers' Association may request that certain of its members be granted release from duties to serve on Association committees or other bodies or to act as its representative. The Association will reimburse the Employer at the daily rate or, where appropriate, the half-daily rate for substitute teachers under clauses 8.1 and 8.2 of this agreement.

12.9   Additional leaves of absence may be granted by the Employer with or without pay.

13.   Transfers

13.1   Notwithstanding section 104 of the School Act, 2000, no teacher who has been designated a principal, vice principal or assistant principal prior to September, 1993 shall be transferred to another school without the teacher's consent.

13.2   When the Employer requests a teacher to transfer to another school, it shall move the teacher or shall pay reasonable moving expenses necessarily incurred due to such transfer.

14.   Group Insurance

14.1   When enrolment and other requirements for group participation in various plans have been met, the Employer will sponsor such plans to the portion agreed upon and such sponsorship shall not exceed that which is authorized or accepted by the benefit agency.

14.2   Effective June 1, 2005, the Employer shall contribute toward the costs of the various premiums as follows:

(a) ASEBP Extended Disability Benefit, Plan D, Life and Accidental Death and Dismemberment

Insurance, Schedule 2 - 88 per cent of each teacher's monthly premium.

(b) ASEBP Extended Heath Care Plan 1 - 88 per cent of each teacher's monthly premium.

(c) ASEBP Dental Care Plan 3 - 88 per cent of each teacher's monthly premium.

(d) Alberta Health Care - 88 per cent of each teacher's monthly premium.

(e) ASEBP Vision Care Plan 3 - 88 per cent of each teacher’s monthly premium.

Effective September 1, 2008, the Employer’s contribution toward the costs of the various premiums shall increase to 90 per cent.
Effective September 1, 2009, the Employer’s contribution toward the costs of the various premiums shall increase to 92 per cent.
Effective September 1, 2010, the Employer’s contribution toward the costs of the various premiums shall increase to 94 per cent.
Effective September 1, 2011, the Employer’s contribution toward the costs of the various premiums shall increase to 95 per cent.

14.3   Provided that it is consistent with the provisions of the Federal Income Tax Act, the Employer contributions under this article will be applied in the most tax advantageous manner for each teacher enrolled.

14.4   Subject to the provisions of the master policies, all teachers appointed to the staff of the Employer after the signing of this collective agreement shall be required to enrol in the ASEBP Plans and Alberta Health Care. All teachers enrolled in the plans on the signing date of this agreement shall continue to be enrolled in the plans. A teacher may be exempted from participation in the extended health care plan and the dental plan and the vision plan and the Alberta Health Care plan upon submitting proof of participation in these or similar plans through his or her spouse.

14.5   Payments towards group insurance plans by the Employer shall permit it to retain and not pass on to teachers, any rebates of premiums otherwise required under the Canada Employment and Immigration Commission (previously Unemployment Insurance Commission) regulations.

14.6   The Employer shall deduct from the monthly salary of each teacher enrolled in said insurance plans, the teacher's share of the monthly premiums and shall remit payment for premiums to the appropriate companies.

14.7   Effective September 1, 2007 the Employer agrees to contribute an amount equal to $500, in equal monthly installments, to a health care spending account for the benefit of each eligible teacher and his/her dependent(s). Eligible teachers are those teachers eligible to participate in the benefit plans. Teachers whose assignment is less than 0.5 FTE will have this amount pro-rated based on their FTE.

Effective March 1, 2008 the annual contribution shall be increased to $525.
Effective September 1, 2009 the annual contribution shall be increased to $550.
Effective September 1, 2010 the annual contribution shall be increased to $575.
Effective September 1, 2011 the annual contribution shall be increased to $600.

15.   General

15.1   No teacher shall be required to render service for more than 200 days or the equivalent in a school year, exclusive of designated and statutory holidays unless mutually agreed.

15.1.1   A teacher regularly assigned to classroom duties who agrees to render service in excess of 200 days shall be paid at the rate of 1/200 of the rate of his/her total salary for each day he/she is so employed in excess of 200 days.

15.1.2   Notwithstanding 15.1.1, it is recognized that teachers who are in receipt of an administrative or supervisory allowance, shall accept the professional responsibility of having their units operational on the opening day of school each school term, semester or other division of the school year. In a like manner, such teachers shall accept the professional responsibility of completing all activities connected with school opening and closing.

15.2   Newly appointed teachers may be required to present a medical certificate of good health and evidence of teaching experience.

16.   Grievance Procedure

16.1   Any difference (hereinafter called "a grievance") between any employee covered by this agreement and the Employer or in a proper case between Local No 17 of the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Employer concerning the interpretation, application, operation or alleged violation of this agreement and further including any dispute as to whether the difference is arbitrable, shall be dealt with as follows, without stoppage of work or refusal to perform work.

16.1.1   Step A - The grievance shall be in writing and must include a statement of the following:

(a) the name(s) of the aggrieved;
(b) the nature of the grievance and the circumstances which gave rise to the grievance;
(c) the remedy or correction the Employer is requested to make;
(d) the section(s) where the agreement is claimed to be violated.

Such written grievance shall be submitted to the superintendent of Human Resources of the Employer and to the chairperson of the economic policy committee (EPC) of the Alberta Teachers' Association Local No 17 within 20 teaching days following the date of the occurrence giving rise to the grievance or when the grievant first became aware of the occurrence giving rise to the grievance.

The superintendent of Human Resources of the Employer shall have 15 teaching days in which to communicate a decision in writing to the grievor.

The Employer or a committee of the Employer and the grievant(s), with or without an Alberta Teachers' Association representative, may request a meeting within these 15 days in an attempt to resolve the dispute.

16.1.2   Step B – If a party to the grievance is not satisfied with the decision in 16.1.1 or if the grievance is not resolved within the said timeline then either party may, by written notice, require the establishment of an arbitration board as hereinafter provided. Such notice must be given within ten days after the aforesaid 21 day time limit expires.

16.2   Each party shall appoint one member as its representative on the arbitration board within seven days of such notice and the two members shall endeavor to select an independent chairman.

16.3   If the two members fail to select a chairman within five days after the day on which the latter of the two members is appointed, they shall request the director of mediation services to select a chairman.

16.4   The arbitration board shall determine its own procedure but shall give full opportunity to all parties to present evidence and to be heard.

16.5   The arbitration board shall not change, modify or alter any of the terms of this agreement.

16.6   The arbitration board shall give its decision not later than 14 days after the appointment of the chairman except with the consent of the Employer and the Association, by whose joint consent only shall such limitations of time be extended. The findings and decisions of a majority of an arbitration board shall be the findings and decisions of the arbitration board and shall be binding on the parties.

16.7   Each party to a grievance shall bear the expenses of its respective nominee and the two parties shall bear equally the expenses of the chairman.

16.8   Where any reference in clauses 16.1 to 16.6 inclusive are to a period of days, such period shall be exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, statutory and Employer declared holidays and vacation periods.

16.9   The purpose of the grievance procedure is to ensure that all grievances are processed properly and expeditiously. Therefore, strict adherence to the provisions of the grievance procedure is mandatory. If the respondent fails to comply with the provisions of the grievance procedure, the grievance may be processed to the next step. If the grievor fails to comply with the provisions of the grievance procedure, the grievance shall be considered abandoned. Time limits may only be extended by the written agreement of both parties.

17.   Special Needs Students

17.1   When a student with special needs is placed in a regular class setting, the teacher will:

(a) be invited to participate in education related case conferences prior to the placement with personnel associated with the placement of the student;
(b) have access to information that in the opinion of the Employer or its designee is pertinent to the placement; and
(c) be provided inservice training to meet the needs of the student provided the Employer or its designee deem the training necessary.

18.   Year Round Schooling

In order to implement year round schooling the following criteria shall apply.

18.1   Year round schooling means the organization of a school year in which students are provided instruction for a maximum of 200 days as per the School Act 2000 and clauses 15.1 and 15.1.1 of the collective agreement. The school year shall be divided into four instructional periods of roughly equal duration, separated by vacation or intercessional period(s).

18.2   The school year (year round schooling) shall begin on or about August 1 and end on or about June 30 of each year.

18.3   The total length of instruction per year shall be comparable to that of a traditional school year.

18.4   Effective July 1, 2005 newly hired teachers or those teachers returning from an unpaid leave shall be entitled to a “transitional payment” in July and/or August provided that there is a minimum of 6 or more scheduled work days in the month in which the teacher is hired or has returned from an unpaid leave. The total value of this transition payment(s) will be recovered from the 12 regular salary payments described in clause 4.1, 4.1.1 and 4.1.2 above. Teachers in receipt of a transition payment(s) who do not work an entire school year shall have the value of any outstanding balance deducted from the final salary payment during that year. In subsequent years of employment, teachers will receive 12 regular salary payments starting in September and in accordance with clause 3.3.

18.5   The traditional school year is premised on or about a September 1 "commencement of school" and a June 30 closing. The collective agreement is organized to reflect this premise. For the purpose of a school authorized to follow the year round schooling calendar, the annual salary of its teachers shall be computed on the same basis as for all teachers covered by this collective agreement and paid in 12 monthly intervals as computed from the beginning of the year round schooling calendar, consistent with clauses 4.1, 4.1.1 and 4.1.2.

(a) The salary schedule, allowances and substitute teachers salary of staff designated to teach in a school authorized to use the year round schooling calendar that reflects an on or about August 1 commencement of class shall be computed in a manner consistent with the collective agreement.

(b) More specifically, for a school authorized to follow a Year Round Schooling calendar, the following clauses shall be applied as though they read August 1, instead of September 1.

a. Clause 4.3 - Salary Schedule
b. Clause 5.1 & 5.1.1 & 5.1.2 - Administration and Administrative Allowances
c. Clause 5.2 - Additional Allowances
d. Clause 6.2 - Teacher Education
e. Clause 8.1 - Substitute Teachers

18.6   Whenever time specific days are stipulated in the collective agreement, the commencement of the school year shall be deemed to be on or about August 1 for the Year Round Schooling or on or about September 1 for Traditional Schooling.

18.7   The intersession and activities instruction periods shall be deemed as non-instruction periods for teachers assigned to the Year Round Schooling calendar. This non-instruction portion shall be deemed to be the vacation period for all certificated personnel.

18.8   In a school authorized to follow a Year Round Schooling calendar, Kindergarten may be offered concurrently with the Grades 1-6 classes.

19.   Other

19.1   This agreement shall be applicable to all teachers under the employ of the Employer during the currency of the agreement.

19.2   Except where provisions of the agreement are made with reference to specific provisions in previous agreements, all previous agreements and salary schedules between or affecting the parties are hereby cancelled.

19.3   This agreement shall enure to the benefit of and be binding upon, the parties and their successors.

20.   Date of Agreement

In witness thereof, the parties hereto execute this agreement by affixing hereto the signatures of their proper officers on their behalf.

ADDENDUM 1

All teachers employed part-time and receiving full group insurance plan premium contributions from the Employer under the 1993-95 Bow Valley Agreement shall continue to receive said benefits while under the continuous employ of the Employer.

MATERNITY LEAVE SUPPLEMENTATION PLAN

1.   Purpose--The purpose of the plan is to supplement the employment insurance benefits received by female employees of the Chinook's Edge School Division No 73 for temporary unemployment caused by the health related portion of the employee's maternity leave.

2.   Coverage--The group of employees covered by this particular maternity leave supplementation plan include all female staff of the Chinook's Edge School Division No 73 who are paid in accordance with the provisions of the collective agreement between the Alberta Teachers' Association No 17 and Chinook's Edge School Division No 73, and who have served continuously for at least 12 months prior to the commencement date of the maternity leave.

3.   The Plan--The employee agrees to apply for employment insurance benefits when she becomes eligible for the same. The Employer agrees to supplement the employment insurance benefits received by the employee equal to the employee's normal weekly earnings during the health related portion of the leave, falling within the employment insurance entitlement period.

The supplemental benefit shall replace sick leave benefits and the teacher shall have no access to sick leave benefits during maternity leave with the exception of illness claims occurring prior to the commencement of the employee's employment insurance entitlement period.

4.   Terms and Conditions of Payment--To be eligible for payments under the plan, an employee must apply for and be in receipt of employment insurance benefits except in the circumstance that the employee is serving the two week employment insurance waiting period.

The employee must verify for the employer the receipt of such benefits by providing to the employer, forthwith, a copy of each employment insurance cheque stub.

The employee shall not be entitled to payment under the supplementation plan until such time as:

- the employer has verified the receipt of the employment insurance benefit, and
- the employee has provided medical evidence confirming the health related reason for absence from work during the maternity leave.

The Employer shall pay its portion of each employee's group insurance plan premiums during the health related portion of her maternity leave. The remainder of the maternity leave not covered by the health related portion shall be without pay and without Employer contributions to group insurance plan premiums.

5.   Benefit Duration--The Employer agrees to supplement employment insurance benefits for a maximum of 17 weeks or for a period covered by accumulated sick leave, whichever is less. The employee shall not be entitled to any supplementation of employment insurance benefits for any period during which the employee would not have taught but for being on maternity leave.

6.   Extended Disability--The Employer shall advise each teacher to apply for extended disability benefits at least 30 days in advance of her expected eligibility for such benefit. After 90 consecutive calendar days of disability, the teacher shall apply for extended disability benefits and no further salary, group insurance plan premiums or supplementation of employment insurance benefits shall be payable by the Employer.

7.   Plan Duration--This plan will come into effect as of September 1, 1995 and will continue in effect for the duration of this collective agreement.

8.   Accumulated Benefits--Payments received under the supplementation plan will not reduce the claimant's accumulated sick leave, vacation leave, severance pay or any other accumulated credits from employment.

Addendum to the 2007-2012 Collective Agreement Between Chinook’s Edge School Division No 73 and the Alberta Teachers’ Association

WHEREAS the current agreement provides for increases during the term of the agreement, the following provisions are intended to reflect the specific amendments to the agreement. All other provisions of the current collective agreement shall continue to apply and these revised rates shall be administered in accordance with the balance of the agreement. 

Effective September 1, 2008, the parties agree the following amendments shall apply: 

4.3   Salary Schedule 

Years of
teaching
experience

Years of University Education

 

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

0

32,394

36,970

41,133

50,772

53,804

56,933

1

33,894

38,587

42,988

53,765

56,800

59,926

2

35,389

40,206

44,843

56,763

59,792

62,916

3

36,888

41,825

46,693

59,756

62,785

65,910

4

38,386

43,442

48,547

62,752

65,778

68,900

5

39,881

45,056

50,401

65,746

68,773

71,895

6/7

41,381

46,676

52,254

68,740

71,767

74,885

8

42,877

48,292

54,106

71,735

74,760

77,877

9

44,372

49,909

55,958

74,732

77,750

80,869

10

45,869

51,525

57,814

77,724

80,746

83,860

11

47,367

53,142

59,667

80,718

83,738

86,850

5.1.1   Principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $13,985         
101-200 students - $25.60 per student
201-300 students - $21.27
301-400 students - $18.45
401-500 students - $18.37
501-600 students - $17.73
601-700 students - $16.75
701+ - $15.46 per student

5.1.2   Vice-principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $6,991
101-200 students - $12.78 per student
201-300 students - $10.64
301-400 students - $9.23
401-500 students - $9.20
501-600 students - $8.86
601-700 students - $8.37
701+ - $7.74 per student

5.2   Additional Allowances – The additional allowances are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

In addition to the salary specified in 4.3, there shall be paid additional allowances for other designated administrative positions as follows: 

(a) Division coordinators - $6,409
Department heads - $3,302
Teachers of Hutterite Colony schools - $2,639
Self-managed team member - $2,639
Curriculum and instruction leaders - $2,639 

Note: Division coordinators appointed prior to September 1, 2005 shall be paid an allowance of $7,523. 

8.1   The substitute teacher rates of pay are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

Substitute teachers shall be paid a per diem rate, the amount of which shall include vacation pay, as follows: 

$171.19 per day
$102.71 per half day 

10.3   The remuneration of a teacher granted sabbatical leave shall be $32,300. 

Addendum to the 2007-2012 Collective Agreement Between Chinook’s Edge School Division No 73 and the Alberta Teachers’ Association

WHEREAS the current agreement provides for increases during the term of the agreement, the following provisions are intended to reflect the specific amendments to the agreement. All other provisions of the current collective agreement shall continue to apply and these revised rates shall be administered in accordance with the balance of the agreement. 

Effective September 1, 2009, the parties agree the following amendments shall apply: 

4.3   Salary Schedule 

Years of
teaching
experience

Years of University Education

 

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

0

34,334

39,185

43,597

53,813

57,027

60,343

1

35,924

40,898

45,563

56,986

60,202

63,516

2

37,509

42,614

47,529

60,163

63,374

66,685

3

39,098

44,330

49,490

63,335

66,546

69,858

4

40,685

46,044

51,455

66,511

69,718

73,027

5

42,270

47,755

53,420

69,684

72,893

76,202

6

43,860

49,472

55,384

72,858

76,066

79,371

7/8

45,445

51,185

57,347

76,032

79,238

82,542

9

47,030

52,899

39,310

79,208

82,407

85,713

10

48,617

54,611

61,277

82,380

85,583

88,883

11

50,204

56,325

63,241

85,553

88,754

92,052

5.1.1   Principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $14,823         
101-200 students - $27.13 per student
201-300 students - $22.54
301-400 students - $19.56
401-500 students - $19.47
501-600 students - $18.79
601-700 students - $17.75
701+ - $16.39 per student

5.1.2   Vice-principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $7,410
101-200 students - $13,55 per student
201-300 students - $11.28
301-400 students - $9.78
401-500 students - $9.75
501-600 students - $9.39
601-700 students - $8.87
701+ - $8.20 per student

5.2   Additional Allowances – The additional allowances are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

In addition to the salary specified in 4.3, there shall be paid additional allowances for other designated administrative positions as follows: 

(a) Division coordinators - $6,793
Department heads - $3,500
Teachers of Hutterite Colony schools - $2,797
Self-managed team member - $2,797
Curriculum and instruction leaders - $2,797 

Note: Division coordinators appointed prior to September 1, 2005 shall be paid an allowance of $7,523. 

8.1   The substitute teacher rates of pay are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

Substitute teachers shall be paid a per diem rate, the amount of which shall include vacation pay, as follows: 

$181.44 per day
$108.86 per half day

10.3   The remuneration of a teacher granted sabbatical leave shall be $34.235. 

Addendum to the 2007-2012 Collective Agreement Between Chinook’s Edge School Division No 73 and the Alberta Teachers’ Association

WHEREAS the current agreement provides for increases during the term of the agreement, the following provisions are intended to reflect the specific amendments to the agreement. All other provisions of the current collective agreement shall continue to apply and these revised rates shall be administered in accordance with the balance of the agreement. 

Effective September 1, 2010, the parties agree the following amendments shall apply: 

4.3   Salary Schedule 

Years of
teaching
experience

Years of University Education

 

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

0

35,337

40,329

44,869

55,384

58,692

62,106

1

36,973

42,092

46,893

58,650

61,959

65,371

2

38,604

43,859

48,917

61,920

65,225

68,632

3

40,239

45,623

50,935

65,184

68,489

71,898

4

41,873

47,388

52,957

68,453

71,754

75,159

5

43,504

49,149

54,980

71,719

75,021

78,427

6

45,141

50,917

57,001

74,985

78,287

81,689

7

46,772

52,679

59,022

78,252

81,552

84,952

8/9

48,403

54,444

61,042

81,521

84,814

88,216

10

50,037

56,205

63,066

84,785

88,082

91,478

11

51,670

57,970

65,088

88,051

91,346

94,740

5.1.1   Principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $15,256         
101-200 students - $27.92 per student
201-300 students - $23.20
301-400 students - $20.13
401-500 students - $20.04
501-600 students - $19.34
601-700 students - $18.27
701+ - $16.87 per student

5.1.2   Vice-principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $7,626
101-200 students - $13.95 per student
201-300 students - $11.61
301-400 students - $10.07
401-500 students - $10.03
501-600 students - $9.66
601-700 students - $9.13
701+ - $8.44 per student

5.2   Additional Allowances – The additional allowances are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

In addition to the salary specified in 4.3, there shall be paid additional allowances for other designated administrative positions as follows: 

(a) Division coordinators - $6,991
Department heads - $3,602
Teachers of Hutterite Colony schools - $2,879
Self-managed team member - $2,879
Curriculum and instruction leaders - $2,879 

Note: Division coordinators appointed prior to September 1, 2005 shall be paid an allowance of $7,523. 

8.1   The substitute teacher rates of pay are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

Substitute teachers shall be paid a per diem rate, the amount of which shall include vacation pay, as follows: 

$186.74 per day
$112.04 per half day 

10.3   The remuneration of a teacher granted sabbatical leave shall be $35,235.  

Addendum to the 2007-2012 Collective Agreement Between Chinook’s Edge School Division No 73 and the Alberta Teachers’ Association

WHEREAS the current agreement provides for increases during the term of the agreement, the following provisions are intended to reflect the specific amendments to the agreement. All other provisions of the current collective agreement shall continue to apply and these revised rates shall be administered in accordance with the balance of the agreement. 

Effective September 1, 2011, the parties agree the following amendments shall apply: 

4.3   Salary Schedule 

Years of
teaching
experience

Years of University Education

 

One

Two

Three

Four

Five

Six

0

36,941

42,160

46,906

57,898

61,357

64,926

1

38,652

44,003

49,022

61,313

64,772

68,339

2

40,357

45,850

51,138

64,731

68,186

71,748

3

42,066

47,694

53,247

68,143

71,598

75,162

4

43,774

49,539

55,361

71,561

75,012

78,571

5

45,479

51,380

57,476

74,975

78,427

81,988

6

47,190

53,229

59,589

78,389

81,841

85,398

7

48,895

55,071

61,702

81,805

85,254

88,809

8

50,600

56,916

63,813

85,222

88,665

92,221

9/10

52,309

58,757

65,929

88,634

92,081

95,631

11

54,016

60,602

68,043

92,049

95,493

99,041

5.1.1   Principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $15,949         
101-200 students - $29.19 per student
201-300 students - $24.25
301-400 students - $21.04
401-500 students - $20.95
501-600 students - $20.22
601-700 students - $19.10
701+ - $17.64 per student

5.1.2   Vice-principals shall be paid:

Base of 100 students - $7,972
101-200 students - $14.58 per student
201-300 students - $12.14
301-400 students - $10.53
401-500 students - $10.49
501-600 students - $10.10
601-700 students - $9.54
701+ - $8.82 per student

5.2   Additional Allowances – The additional allowances are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

In addition to the salary specified in 4.3, there shall be paid additional allowances for other designated administrative positions as follows: 

(a) Division coordinators - $7,308
Department heads - $3,766
Teachers of Hutterite Colony schools - $3,010
Self-managed team member - $3,010
Curriculum and instruction leaders - $3,010 

Note: Division coordinators appointed prior to September 1, 2005 shall be paid an allowance of $7,523. 

8.1   The substitute teacher rates of pay are to be adjusted on the same dates and by the same percentage increases as are applied to the salary grid. 

Substitute teachers shall be paid a per diem rate, the amount of which shall include vacation pay, as follows: 

$195.22 per day
$117.13 per half day 

10.3   The remuneration of a teacher granted sabbatical leave shall be $36,835.