To be eligible to vote in the 2021 PEC Election you must not be in receipt of an Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund pension and must either
- hold an active ATA membership and be employed, this school year, for at least one day of service by the school jurisdiction in the geographic district in which you are voting,
- hold an associate ATA membership and be employed by a school jurisdiction in the geographic district in which you are voting, or
- hold an associate ATA membership, reside in the geographic district in which you are voting and not be employed by a school jurisdiction.
- have an online ATA account to vote.
For the purposes of ATA elections, an active member is defined as a certificated teacher who, this school year, has at least one day of active service with a school jurisdiction in the geographic district they will be voting.
Associate members are individuals who have had associate membership granted to them by the Association upon application and payment of applicable fees. Examples of associate members include, but are not limited to, teachers employed by the Government of Alberta, members of faculties of education at Alberta universities and teachers in schools within the province of Alberta that are operated by the Government of Canada. General bylaw 4(a)-(p) in the Association’s Member Handbook contains a complete list of associate member examples.
Like active members, all associate members are eligible to vote for ATA vice president positions. In elections for district representative positions, associate members:
- vote in the contest taking place in the geographic district of their employer if they are employed by an ATA local or working on secondment while still employed by a board. (eg, an associate member employed by Calgary Public Teachers Local 38 or a member employed by Calgary Roman Catholic Separate School Division who works on secondment at the University of Calgary, both will vote in the contest in Calgary City).
- vote in the geographic district in which they reside if they aren’t employed by a board (eg, an associate member who is employed at Olds College but lives in Calgary, will vote in the contest in Calgary City).
Where You Can Vote
Below are three scenarios showing how the geographic district of a member is determined.
You are a teacher employed by Red Deer Public Schools, making your membership status active.
Active members employed by Red Deer Public Schools form the membership of Red Deer City Local 60 (ATA Local 60).
Red Deer City Local 60 is within the Central South geographic district.
You can vote for candidates in Central South.
You are a teacher employed by Calgary Public Teachers Local 38, making your membership status associate.
Teachers employed by Calgary Public Teachers Local 38 are associate members and are affiliated with that ATA local.
Calgary Public Teachers Local 38 is within the Calgary City geographic district.
You vote for candidates in Calgary City.
You are a teacher employed by the University of Alberta. If you have chosen to be an ATA member, your membership status is associate.
Your employer has no affiliation with an ATA local, making where you reside the determining factor in where you can run as a candidate for district representative.
You live in Fort Saskatchewan, where Elk Island Public and Elk Island Catholic school jurisdictions operate. Their teachers belong to either Elk Island Local No 28 or Elk Island Catholic Teachers Local 21, which are within the Edmonton District geographic district.
You vote for candidates in Edmonton District.