Six Reasons to get your Online ATA Account
The Members Only area of the Association website is restricted and not accessible to the public. Given the Members Only area houses vital tools, services and information, there are many reasons for ATA members to get an online ATA account, and to keep it updated. Here are six great ones:
1. Get bargaining updates
When the bargaining of collective agreements is imminent or underway, regular updates and other information critical to keeping you informed of developments will be posted in the Members Only section of the Association website.
All collective agreements between ATA bargaining units and their respective school jurisdictions expire August 31, 2016.
2. Vote on provincial collective agreements
Ratification votes by teachers on the provincial collective agreements negotiated between the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Teachers’ Employer Bargaining Association will be conducted exclusively online. Get your online ATA account to be sure you are able to vote.
A ratification vote is expected to take place in 2016.
3. Vote in ATA elections
Provincial Executive Council conducts the business of the Association and is made up of 20 members, 18 of whom are elected by you. Council listens to and represents teachers from across the province and brings their voices to the table when determining Association strategies and actions.
General elections for all Council positions are held every two years and are conducted exclusively online, as are by-elections which take place as necessary. Having an online ATA account is required to vote.
The Association’s next general election takes place in Spring 2017.
4. Use ATA library online resources and databases
The ATA library has an extensive collection of books, periodicals, videos and other materials focusing on educational research and professional development for teachers. Library services and materials are available in both French and English.
Get your online ATA account and log into the ATA library catalogue to reserve books or videos.
5. Get no-cost ATA specialist council memberships
As a benefit of ATA membership, active members are entitled to join one specialist council of their choice each year at no cost.Specialist councils promote the development of specialized professional expertise. Each of the 21 councils are operated by a team of volunteer teacher members who contribute their time, talent and enthusiasm to developing materials and -organizing events that assist in gathering ideas, sharing information and building ¬capacities among ATA members.
Active members must have an online ATA account to select and join the specialist council of their choice.
6. Print your own ATA member card
The Association launched online self-serve membership card distribution in 2016. With an online ATA account, you have the convenience of printing your own ATA member card from the Association website when you need it. ATA member cards are useful when your identification as a teacher or member of an association is needed to attend events, receive discounts or be eligible for other offers from retailers and service providers.