Medicine Hat School District No 76 (2012 - 2016)

MEDICINE HAT SCHOOL DISTRICT NO.76

(TEACHERS) COLLECTIVE AGREEMENT

MADE this 16th day of April, 2013.

BETWEEN:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MEDICINE HAT SCHOOL DISTRICT No.76, hereinafter called
“The Board”

OF THE FIRST PART

-AND-

THE ALBERTA TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION, a body corporate, incorporated under the laws of the Province of Alberta,
hereinafter called

“The A.T.A.”

OF THE SECOND PART

NOW THEREFORE, THIS AGREEMENT WITNESS:

1.   RECOGNITION

During the currency thereof, this Agreement shall be applicable to all teachers employed by the Board, excluding thereout:

(1) The Superintendent,
(2) All Associate Superintendents.

2.   DURATION OF AGREEMENT

This Agreement shall remain in full force and effect from September 1st, 2012, and continue in full force and effect to the 31st day of August, 2016, and from year to year thereafter, unless either party to this Agreement is given notice in writing by the other party, not less than sixty (60) days or more than one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the expiry date in any subsequent year. Such notice shall contain particulars of all amendments sought.

3.   SALARY

3.1   The Board shall pay all of the teachers in its employ the salaries and allowances as herein set forth and computed.

3.2   The amount of teacher education of a teacher and the length of teaching experience computed as hereinafter provided shall together determine the annual rate of salary to be paid to each teacher employed by the Board. One month’s salary shall be considered to be 1/12th of the annual salary rate applicable in that month. Tabulated below are the minimum and maximum salary rates and the experience increments for each year of teacher education.

3.3   Salary Schedule

(1) Salary Rates - Salaries shall be paid in accordance with the rates specified in Schedule “A” to this agreement.

(2) Lump Sum Payment - A one-time lump-sum payment of 1% of the annual salary as set out in the collective agreement grid in effect as of November 15, 2015 will be paid to all teachers on contract on that date and paid no later than the end of December of 2015.

3.4   Evaluation of Teacher Education

The evaluation of teacher education for salary purposes shall be determined by a statement of qualifications issued by the Alberta Teachers' Association Teachers 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, between the Department of Education, the Alberta School Trustees’ Association and the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

3.5   The adjustment date for change in the allowance for teacher education shall be September 1st and February 1st of each year.

3.6   Each teacher claiming additional teacher education and each teacher commencing employment with the Board shall supply to the Board, within forty-five (45) days from commencement of the school year, or from the date of commencement of duties, a statement of qualifications to be issued by the Teachers’ Qualifications Service of the Association. Until the teacher submits the said statement 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 his teaching certificate. If proof of application for a statement of qualifications is supplied within forty-five (45) days, the teacher education shall be paid retroactively to the commencement of employment. If proof of said application is not supplied within forty-five (45) days, salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following the submission of a statement of qualifications.

3.7   No payment for salary adjustments will be considered beyond the terms of the Collective Agreement within which the claim is initiated.

3.8   Any days in the last week of August forming part of the new school year shall be deemed to be days taught in September and be subject to all terms of the collective agreement in force in the month of September of the new school year.

3.9   Summer School- Notwithstanding clause 3.3 above, teachers who provide instruction at Summer School shall be paid the following rates:

(1) September 1, 2012 - $58.25 per instructional hour.
(2) September 1, 2015 - $59.50 per instructional hour.

3.10   District Orientation - New Teachers attending district orientation sessions outside of the school district calendar will be reimbursed at 1/400th of their salary for each half (1/2) day attended.

4.   ADDITIONAL ALLOWANCES

4.1   Principal’s Allowances–Effective September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2015:

(1) Principal allowances shall be $3,070 plus the administrative allowance prescribed in clauses

4.1(2) through 4.1(5).

(2) Administrative allowance rates shall be as follows: 

School size

 

First 100 pupils

$82.25 per pupil

Additional pupils up to 200 pupils

$44.82 per pupil

Additional pupils up to 300 pupils

$30.69 per pupil

Additional pupils up to 400 pupils

$26.10 per pupil

Over 400 pupils an additional

$16.10 per pupil

(3)  Minimum Allowance–The minimum allowance paid to a principal shall be the allowance paid to a principal of a school with 200 pupils. Accordingly, the minimum allowance shall be as follows:

Basic allowance

$ 3,070

Administrative allowance

$12,705

Minimum Principal allowance

$15,775

(4)  Maximum Allowance–The maximum allowance paid to a principal shall be the allowance paid to a principal of a school with 1,500 pupils. Accordingly, the maximum allowance shall be as follows: 

Basic allowance

$ 3,070

Administrative allowance

$36,095

Minimum Principal allowance

$39,165

(5)  Student Calculations and Weighting:

(a) Student count, for the purpose of this article, shall be the pupil count as at September 15th of the current year, adjusted by the factors identified below.

(b) The pupil counts shall be adjusted as follows:

(i) Severely Disabled students (code 40’s)–upwards by a factor of 3.7.
(ii) Mild and Moderate Disabled students (code 50’s)–upwards by a factor of 1.8.
(iii) “Knowledge and Employability” students and full time equivalent eligible C.T.S. students–upwards by a factor of 1.4.
(iv) All other students–at a straight count of one to one.

(6)  Article 4.1 above will not be enforceable or applicable after August 31, 2015, at which time the following Article 4.1 will come into effect.

4.1   Principal Allowances–Effective September 1, 2015:

(1) Categories–For the purposes of this article schools shall be grouped into categories based on the number of full-time equivalent (FTE) certified teachers working in the respective school.

(2) Teacher Counts–Counts will be based on certificated teachers as at September 30 of each school year.

(3) Category groupings–shall be as follows: 

 

Teacher (FTE)

Category A

1 to 15

Category B

16 to 25

Category C

26 to 35

Category D

36 to 55

Category E

56 or more

(4)  Principal Allowance rates–or the respective categories shall be as follows:

Category A

$20,000

Category B

$24,000

Category C

$28,000

Category D

$32,000

Category E

$38,000

(5)  Principal of Alternate Programs–due to the unique nature of this position for purposes of article 4.1(4)–the principal of Alternate Programs shall be considered to be included in category B.

4.2   First Vice Principals

First or only Vice Principals shall be paid an administrative allowance equal to sixty percent (60%) of their respective school’s principal allowance.

4.3   Second and Third Vice Principals

Second and Third Vice Principals shall be paid an administrative allowance equal to fifty percent (50%) of their respective school’s principal allowance.

4.4   Coordinators

Coordinators shall be paid an administrative allowance as follows:

(1) September 1, 2012 - $13,535
(2) September 1, 2015 - $14,000

4.5   Department Heads

Department Heads shall be paid an administrative allowance equivalent to one-half (1/2) of a. Coordinators Allowance. Accordingly, the Department Heads Allowance shall be as follows:

(1) September 1, 2012 - $6,770
(2) September 1, 2015 - $7,000


4.6   Team Leaders, Project Leaders and Curriculum Leaders

Team leaders, project leaders and curriculum leaders shall be paid an allowance equivalent to one-half (1/2) of a Department Heads Allowance. Accordingly, the allowance shall be as follows:

(1) September 1, 2012 - $3,385
(2) September 1, 2015 - $3,500


4.7   Directors

Directors allowances shall be paid an administrative allowance as follows:

(1) September 1, 2012 - $15,775
(2) September 1, 2015 - $16,000


4.8   Consultants

Consultants shall be paid an allowance equivalent to sixty per-cent (60%) of a Directors Allowance. Accordingly, the Consultants Allowance shall be as follows: 

(1) September 1, 2012 - $9,465
(2) September 1, 2015 - $9,600


5.   SUBSTITUTE PAY

5.1   Substitute Teacher means a teacher employed on a day-to-day basis.

5.2   Substitute rates - substitutes shall be paid, inclusive of holiday pay, as follows:

(1) September 1, 2012 - $104.25 per half day
(2) September 1, 2015 - $106.25 per half day


5.3
   A “half-day” shall mean the operational time from the commencement of instruction until the lunch break, or from the commencement of instruction after the lunch break until the cessation of instruction in the afternoon. In the case of a substitute being employed more than five (5) consecutive instructional days in the same classroom, commencing on the sixth day and each day thereafter, the rate of pay shall be in accordance with training and experience as set forth in article 3.3.

6   RECOGNITION OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE

6.1   Allowance for past experience shall be one step on the schedule for each year of experience to the maximum as provided in the salary grid. The adjustment date for change in allowance for teaching experience shall be September 1st of each school year.

6.2   For purposes of this section before an allowance is paid for experience prior to engagement, the teacher shall be required to submit a certified statement from previous employers to the effect that such  experience was in a school under the jurisdiction of a Public or Separate School Board. Notwithstanding the above, the Superintendent of Schools has the discretion of recognizing other teaching experience which required a teaching certificate if circumstances warrant. Until such evidence is submitted, or if it is not submitted within ninety (90) calendar days after commencement of employment, the Board may evaluate the teaching experience. Any experience recognized by the Board before the signing of this agreement shall continue to be recognized by the Board hereafter.

6.3   A year of teaching experience shall be any one school year during which a teacher, including a substitute teacher, has taught for not less than 120 school days. A teacher, including a substitute teacher, who teaches less than 120 days in a school year, may accumulate an experience increment by combining any two consecutive years of service with the Board, providing that a minimum of forty (40) days service per year and not less than 120 days service over the two year period be rendered.

7.   SPECIALIST TRAINING AND EXPERIENCE FOR C.T.S.

7.1   Definitions: Specialist training shall mean training required to teach a specified C.T.S. course, but is not part of the education or training which has been given credit by a university toward a university program.  Experience for specialist training shall mean any trade experience gained after the person has obtained the formal training as outlined in article 7.4 (ii) and (iii) below.

7.2   Application: The provisions of article 7 shall apply only to teachers of specified C.T.S. courses where a demonstrated staffing shortage exists.

7.3   The initial placement allowance shall remain constant throughout the period of employment.

7.4   Training:  The professional training of teachers of specified C.T.S. courses shall be evaluated as follows:

(1) Teacher education according to Section 3.4 of this Agreement.

AND

(2) A certificate of proficiency in a designated trade (Journeyman’s Certificate) recognized by the Alberta Apprenticeship Board.

OR

(3) Successful completion of a two-year course at a school of technology shall be regarded as equivalent to one year of teacher education for salary purposes.

(4) Technical training not covered by the preceding Sections (1), (2) may be evaluated by a committee consisting of a representative of the Board, a representative of the A.T.A., and the Superintendent of Schools. Any decision of this committee must be unanimous. The evaluation cannot exceed one year of teacher education beyond the university training evaluated under Section 3.4.

Allowance for Vocational Experience

7.5   Upon engagement, an initial experience allowance may be granted. The amount of the allowance shall be determined by a committee consisting of one representative of the Board, the Superintendent of Schools, and two representatives of the A.T.A. The amount of the allowance must be agreed upon by the unanimous agreement of the committee members.

7.6   The total salary shall not exceed the maximum provided in the respective category of teacher training and shall not exceed that of a teacher on staff with equivalent training and experience.

8.   PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT

8.1   The Board will establish a Professional Development Account for each teacher under contract as of September 30th.

8.2   The Board will contribute to said account $1,300 for each principal, director, or co-ordinator, $1,050 for each vice principal, $1,050 for each consultant, and $600 for each full time teacher. Part time teachers shall have an allocation of $600.00 prorated to their proportion of time under contract.

8.3   Teachers other than principals, vice principals and consultants may accumulate money in their account for a period of five years to a total of five times the amount specified above. Principals, vice principals and consultants may accumulate money for a period of three years.

8.4   A teacher who has not used his/her allocation of money by the end of the specified period shall have all subsequent allocations to his/her account made to the school based Professional Development Fund. However, as soon as the allocation of funds fall below the total allowed allocation, all additional funds will again be allocated to the individual’s account until the total allocation amount is reached.

8.5   When a teacher retires, all funds in his/her Professional Development Account will be allocated to the school based Professional Development Fund of the school or schools where the teacher last taught.

8.6   A teacher may use the money in his/her account to pay for any Professional Development activity approved by the Superintendent of Schools or designate.

8.7   The Board will allocate $200.00 per school plus $75.00 for each full time equivalent teacher in that school to provide for Professional Development or in-service activities within that school. Such activities must be approved by the Superintendent of Schools or designate.

8.8   The Board will allocate $100.00 for each full time equivalent teacher for Professional Development or in-service activities within the district as determined by the Superintendent of Schools.

8.9   The Board will provide up to one day equivalent per school year of substitute coverage for each part-time teacher to participate in professional development activities.

9.   LEAVES OF ABSENCE

9.1   Personal Leave

A teacher may apply for and receive leave of absence for personal reasons subject to the following conditions.

9.2   Leaves With Full Pay

(1) Critical Illness

Critical Illness shall mean a life-threatening illness.

For the critical illness or illness requiring admission to hospital intensive care unit, of father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, parents of spouse and siblings of spouse- not more than FIVE (5) DAYS, or until death occurs.

A statement will be required if death does not occur, signed by the teacher, signifying to the critical nature of illness, or the illness requiring admission to a hospital intensive care unit, and the qualified medical practitioner’s name, address and telephone number who may be contacted to verify the statement.

(2) Death in Family

For the death of father, mother, husband, wife, son, daughter, brother, sister, parents of spouse, and siblings of spouse - not more than five (5) days.

(3) For the funeral of grandparents, grandchildren and in-laws - two (2) day’s leave.    If circumstances warrant additional leave, the two days may be extended to a maximum of five (5) days.

(4) For funeral of uncle, aunt, cousin, nephews, nieces of the teacher or the teacher’s spouse - one (1) day’s leave.

(5) For acting as pallbearer- one day.

(6) For the purpose of writing university examinations - one day.

(7) While participating in University Convocation Exercises - one day.

(8) While obtaining citizenship papers at a scheduled session of the Court - one day.

(9) (a) For jury duty or for attending for selection purposes, or any summons related thereto

(b) To answer a subpoena or summons to attend as a witness in any proceeding authorized by law to compel the attendance of witnesses.

Provided that the teacher remits to the Board any witness fee or jury stipend - excluding allowances and/or expenses - set by the court or other body.

(10) For the adoption of a child- two days.

(11) For paternal leave for the birth of a child- two days.

(12) For attending to the emergent medical needs, which are not critical, of his/her child, spouse, parent or other person living in the teachers’ household–2 days per school year.

(13) The Superintendent of Schools may approve additional compassionate leave.

(14) For personal reasons - upon written notification to the Superintendent or designate- one day per school year. (This article does not become effective until September 1, 2015.)

9.3 Leaves With Loss of Substitute Pay Whether Substitute Required or Not

(1) Temporary leave of absence with pay, providing the Board is reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher, shall be granted to teachers.

(a) For attendance at meetings of committees of the Department of Education.

(b) For attendance at meetings or any function at the request of the provincial or local Alberta Teachers’ Association.

(c) For any other professional reasons that have been approved by the Superintendent of Schools.

(2) Temporary leave of absence with pay, of up to six (6) days (effective September 1, 2015- reduced to five (5) days) in a school year, shall be granted to teachers, providing the Board is reimbursed for the cost of a substitute teacher.

(a) For not more than two days in any one school year for an illness of a non-critical nature in the teacher’s household.

(b) For not more than two days in any one school year for some emergency or misfortune demanding his attention.

(c) Because of impassable roads or the suspension of public transportation or any other cause related thereto beyond the teacher’s control.

(d) For the funeral of a friend of the family–one day.

(e) While officially representing a service club, fraternal organization, church or co-operative–up to five days in any one year.

(f) For attending post-secondary convocation exercises of a spouse or child -one day.

(g) While officially representing a Federal or Provincial Political Party with representation in either house, or Federal or Provincial Government Committee or Delegation–up to FIVE (5) DAYS in any one year. This clause shall not provide time off for campaigning for any elected political office.

(h) For not more than three (3) days (effective September 1, 2015–reduced to two (2) days) in any one school year for personal reasons.

(i) For attendance at educational conventions in an official capacity; or for the attendance at Civic Government meetings or conventions in an official capacity.

Leave under all Sections in this clause except for (a), (d) and (f) above shall not be used to extend the Christmas Vacation, Easter Vacation, or Summer Vacation Periods.

9.4   Maternity Leave

(1) Teachers are entitled to maternity leave without pay for up to two years under the following condition:

(a) The Teacher concerned shall obtain and submit a Certificate from her physician certifying to her pregnancy and the approximate date of delivery.

(2) Where possible, written notice of intent to take such leave will be forwarded to the Superintendent or designate at least six weeks prior to commencement of the leave.

(3) Notwithstanding Clause 9.4(1), the Board will register and implement a Supplementary Unemployment Benefits Plan. This Plan will provide the Teacher with the following:

(a) 95% (effective September 1, 2015–100%) of regular salary and allowances and

(b) 100% benefits under Clauses 11.1 (AB Health), 11.2 (life & Disability), 11.3 (Extended Health), and 11.5 (Dental) for that portion of the maternity leave which is health related to a maximum 13 weeks, inclusive of any sick leave which immediately precedes the maternity leave.

(4) In the event the “Health Related Portion” of Maternity Leave exceeds ninety (90) calendar days, the eligible employee will make application for extended disability under the same terms and conditions as for any other illness, injury, or disability.

(5) The Board shall maintain contribution of premiums to employee benefits under Clauses 11.1 (AB. Health), 11.3 (Extended Health), and 11.5 (Dental) of this Agreement for a Teacher who is granted leave under Article 9.4 to a maximum of the number of weeks which occur while that teacher is covered by Employment Insurance Statutes for that leave.

(6) At least four weeks prior to the date on which the teacher intends to return to work, written notice must be forwarded to the Superintendent or designate.

(7) A teacher who is granted leave shall, upon her return, be given a position no less favourable than the one she had before the leave.

9.5   Parental Leave

A Teacher shall be eligible for parental leave for up to two years without pay under the following conditions:

(1) The Teacher shall give the Board six weeks’ notice of intent to commence and/or terminate the parental leave.

(2) Normally the beginning of such leave shall be the week of becoming a new parent.

(3) Normally the leave hall terminate at the end of the time as required by Government Regulations, or after a holiday or a semester break following the said period of time.

(4) A teacher returning to work from a parental leave of not more than one year shall be entitled to a teaching position no less favourable than the position the teacher vacated.

9.6   Days In Lieu

Where the Superintendent of Schools requires, in writing, a teacher to provide service on a day not in the normal school year, that teacher will receive one “day in lieu” for each such day. Such days worked will not exceed five days for any one school year. If a substitute teacher is required, for classroom teaching, the cost will be covered by the Board.

9.7   Deferred Salary Leave Plan

The Board will establish a Deferred Salary Leave Plan, which adheres to Revenue Canada Requirements.

10.   SICK LEAVE

10.1   Annual sick leave, with pay, will be granted to a teacher for the purpose of obtaining necessary medical or dental treatment because of accident, sickness or disability, in accordance with the following schedule:

(1) In the first year of service with the Board, in accordance with the provisions of the School Act.

After one year of continuous service–90 calendar days.

(2) For the purposes of this article, a teacher on a probationary contract to June 30th of a given year and who is given a contract on or before the beginning of the next school year will be deemed to have provided continuous service between contracts.

10.2   After ninety (90) calendar days of continuous absence due to medical disability, no further salary nor employee benefits of any kind shall be paid and the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan shall take effect.

10.3   Where a teacher has suffered an illness and/or has been paid under the provisions of the Alberta School Benefit Plan (Clauses 11.2 and 10.2), upon his/her return to full-time duty, he/she shall be entitled to an additional sick leave benefit in the current year in accordance with the following schedule to a maximum of:

(1) Less than one year of service–nil.
(2) After one year of continuous service–90 calendar days.

Continuous service shall not be affected by Christmas Vacation, Easter Vacation or Summer Vacation.

10.4   When a teacher leaves the employ of a Board, all sick leave shall be cancelled.

10.5   When a teacher remains on a leave of absence for a period exceeding one (1) year, all sick leave shall be cancelled unless an appropriate date of return exceeds a one year time frame. An appropriate date of return would fall on natural dates of return such as–following a holiday break, start of the next semester or start of the next school year (in that order). Determination of what is the appropriate date of return when it exceeds one year shall require the approval of the Associate Superintendent - Human Resources.

10.6   Before any payment is made under the foregoing regulations, the teacher shall provide:

(1) A declaration, on a form to be provided by the Board, where the absence is for a period of three days or less.

(2) A certificate signed by a doctor who is a member in good standing with the College of Physicians and Surgeons, or a dentist who is a member in good standing with the Alberta Dental Association where the absence is for a period of over three days.

(3) When the sickness extends for a period of over one month, the employee may, at the discretion of the Board, be called upon to furnish a further medical certificate at the end of each month during the duration of the sickness.

11.   GROUP BENEFIT PLANS

11.1   Alberta Health Care Insurance

The Board’s contribution to the Alberta Health Care Insurance covering teachers under contract employed by the Board, excluding those receiving disability benefits under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, shall be at the rate of one hundred percent (100%) of the total premium.

11.2   Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Life Insurance and Extended Disability

All teachers under contract, excluding those receiving disability benefits under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, shall be covered under the provisions of Plan 2, Plan “D” with the employer paying one hundred percent (100%) of the premium.

11.3   Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Extended Health Care - Plan I

The Board’s contribution to the A.S.E.B.P.- Extended Health Care - Plan I covering teachers under contract employed by the Board, excluding those receiving disability benefits under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, shall be at the rate of one hundred percent (100%) of the total premium.

11.4   Employment Insurance Rebates

In consideration of the improvements to the A.S.E.B.P. - Extended Health Care and the Alberta Health Care Insurance, the employees covered by this contract waive any claims on rebates under the provisions of the Employment Insurance Act.

11.5   Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Dentalcare

Teachers under contract employed by the Board, excluding those receiving disability benefits under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, shall be covered under the provisions of Plan 3 of the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Dentalcare, with the Board paying eighty-five percent (85%) of the total premium subject to the following conditions:

(1) The teachers employed by the Board on or before January 1st, 1981, may choose not to be covered by the plan.

(2) Teachers commencing employment with the Board after January 1st of that year shall be covered by the plan. Where there is a duplication of benefit because the spouse of a teacher has the benefit plan or a similar plan, the teacher may be exempted from the condition of employment.

(3) Any teacher, who decides to join the plan after initially opting out of the plan, shall be covered under the Plan subject only to the conditions provided under the terms of the plan.

11.6    Health Spending Account

The Board will establish for each teacher, other than a substitute teacher, a Health Spending Account, which adheres to Revenue Canada Requirements. Effective January 1st, 2007, the Board will contribute an amount equal to 2.00% of salary and allowances.

12.   EARLY RETIREMENT INCENTIVE PLAN

12.1   The Board will pay a Retirement Incentive to all eligible Teachers.

12.2   Eligible Teachers shall be all teachers who have been under contract to the Board for a minimum of ten (10) consecutive years inclusive of the year of retirement and who meet the following conditions:

(1) Teachers who are 55 years of age by June 30th.

(2) Teachers who are older than 55 years of age but will achieve a Teacher Retirement Fund Index of 85 by June 30.

(3) Teachers who are older than 55 years of age, but have not achieved a Teacher Retirement Fund Index of 85 by June 30.

(4) A teacher must be in receipt of an A.T.R.F. Pension on the date of payment.

(5) A teacher must retire on June 30 of the year in which the ERIP is granted.

(6) Eligible teachers must apply to the Secretary-Treasurer no later than March 31st of the year in

which they intend to retire.

(7) IN ANY CASE, NO OTHER TEACHER SHALL BE ELIGIBLE.

12.3   Notwithstanding Clause 12.2, the Board may, at its sole discretion, grant a Retirement Incentive to other teachers.

12.4   The amount of the incentive shall be calculated as follows: 

$25,000 x

Years of Pensionable Service of Last 10 Years

 

10


12.5
   The date of payment of the incentive shall be August 31st, following retirement or other time mutually agreeable to the teacher and the Secretary-Treasurer.

ARTICLE 13   GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

13.1   Any difference between any employee covered by this Agreement and the Board, or in a proper case between Local No. 1 of the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Board 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 herein provided, without stoppage of work or refusal to perform work.

13.2   Such difference (hereinafter called “a grievance”) shall first be submitted in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board and to the Economic Policy Committee Chair Local No. 1 of the Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the case may be. Such written submission shall be made within fifteen (15) days from the date of the incident giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievor first had knowledge of the incident, whichever is later. Such grievance shall set out the nature of the grievance and the articles of this Agreement which it is alleged have been violated.

13.3   In the event the grievance is not settled within fifteen (15) days after the date of submission of the grievance in accordance with the above procedure, then on or before a further five (5) days have elapsed from the expiration of the aforesaid fifteen (15) days time period, the grievance shall be referred in writing to the grievance committee.

13.4   Such grievance committee shall be composed of two (2) representatives of the Board of Trustees. A quorum of this committee shall consist of all members.  The grievance committee shall meet and endeavour to resolve the grievance, and shall render its decision in respect of the grievance within twenty-one (21) days following receipt of the submission and shall dispose of each grievance before proceeding to another, except where, by mutual consent of the grievance committee and the grievor, the hearing of such grievance is adjourned for the purpose of obtaining further information.   The decision of the grievance committee shall be provided to the grievor in writing within five (5) days of the meeting.

13.5   If the grievance committee decision is unsatisfactory, then either party may by written notice served on the other party, require the establishment of an arbitration board as hereinafter provided. Such notice must be given within ten (10) days after the date of the aforesaid twenty-one (21) day limit expires or the date the grievance committee renders its’ decision, whichever is shorter.

13.6   Each party shall appoint one (1) member as its representative on the arbitration board within seven (7) days of such notice and shall so inform the other party of its appointee. The two (2) members so appointed shall, within five (5) days of the appointment of the second of them, appoint a third person who shall be the chair. In the event of any failure to appoint a chair, either party may request the Director of Mediation Services to make the necessary appointment.

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

(1) The arbitration board shall not change, amend, or alter any of the terms of this Agreement. All grievances or differences submitted shall present an arbitrable issue under this Agreement, and shall not depend on or involve an issue or contention by either party that is contrary to any provisions of this Agreement or that involves the determination of a subject matter not covered by, or arising during the term of this Agreement.

(2) The findings and decision of a majority is the award of the arbitration board and is final and binding upon the parties and upon any employee affected by it. If there is not a majority, the decision of the chair governs, and it shall be deemed to be the award of the board.

(3) The arbitration board shall give its decision not later than fourteen (14) days after the appointment of the chair, provided, however, that this time period may be extended by written consent of the parties. Each party to the grievance shall bear the expense of its respective appointee, and the two (2) parties shall bear equally the expense of the chair.

13.8   All of the aforesaid time limits referred to in the grievance procedure shall be exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays and statutory holidays.

(1) In the event, at any stage of the aforesaid procedure (except in respect of appointing persons to the board), the grieving party fails to take the necessary action within the time limit specified, the grievance shall be deemed to be at an end.

(2) Any of the aforesaid time limits may be extended at any stage upon the written consent of the parties.

14.   COMMUNICATIONS BETWEEN THE PARTIES

The parties hereto recognize that there is in existence at the present time a Co-ordinating Committee for the purpose of communicating the views of teachers on matters of school affairs to the Board.  It is the intention of the parties hereto that the current practices in this regard shall continue during the currency of this Agreement.

15.   GENERAL CLAUSES

15.1   New Classifications - When the Board creates any new classification not specified in this Agreement to which a teacher will be designated, the allowance, if any, for the new classification shall be negotiated.

15.2   Minimum Salary Threshold - Nothing herein contained shall reduce the salary of a teacher below the amount payable immediately prior to the effective day of this Agreement.

15.3   Previous Agreements - All previous agreements, schedules, and regulations between or affecting the parties are hereby cancelled.

15.4    Enurement - This Agreement shall enure to the benefit of and shall be binding upon the parties and their successors.

SALARY SCHEDULE

Schedule “A”

Effective- September 1, 2012

0.0%

 

Years of Teacher Education

 

Four

Five

Six

Years of Teaching Experience

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

0

59,385

 

63,103

 

66,544

 

1

62,639

3,254

66,357

3,254

69,798

3,254

2

65,893

3,254

69,611

3,254

73,052

3,254

3

69,147

3,254

72,865

3,254

76,306

3,254

4

72,401

3,254

76,119

3,254

79,560

3,254

5

76,346

3,945

80,064

3,945

83,505

3,945

6

80,291

3,945

84,009

3,945

87,450

3,945

7

84,236

3,945

87,954

3,945

91,395

3,945

8&9

88,181

3,945

91,899

3,945

95,340

3,945

10

92,126

3,945

95,844

3,945

99,285

3,945

 

Effective- September 1, 2013

0.0%

 

Years of Teacher Education

 

Four

Five

Six

Years of Teaching Experience

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

0

59,385

 

63,103

 

66,544

 

1

62,639

3,254

66,357

3,254

69,798

3,254

2

65,893

3,254

69,611

3,254

73,052

3,254

3

69,147

3,254

72,865

3,254

76,306

3,254

4

72,401

3,254

76,119

3,254

79,560

3,254

5

76,346

3,945

80,064

3,945

83,505

3,945

6

80,291

3,945

84,009

3,945

87,450

3,945

7

84,236

3,945

87,954

3,945

91,395

3,945

8&9

88,181

3,945

91,899

3,945

95,340

3,945

10

92,126

3,945

95,844

3,945

99,285

3,945

 

Effective- September 1, 2014

0.0%

 

Years of Teacher Education

 

Four

Five

Six

Years of Teaching Experience

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

0

59,385

 

63,103

 

66,544

 

1

62,639

3,254

66,357

3,254

69,798

3,254

2

65,893

3,254

69,611

3,254

73,052

3,254

3

69,147

3,254

72,865

3,254

76,306

3,254

4

72,401

3,254

76,119

3,254

79,560

3,254

5

76,346

3,945

80,064

3,945

83,505

3,945

6

80,291

3,945

84,009

3,945

87,450

3,945

7

84,236

3,945

87,954

3,945

91,395

3,945

8&9

88,181

3,945

91,899

3,945

95,340

3,945

10

92,126

3,945

95,844

3,945

99,285

3,945

 

Effective- September 1, 2015

2.0%

 

Years of Teacher Education

 

Four

Five

Six

Years of Teaching Experience

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

Annual Salary

Step Increase

0

60,573

 

64,365

 

67,875

 

1

63,892

3,319

67,684

3,319

71,194

3,319

2

67,211

3,319

71,003

3,319

74,513

3,319

3

70,530

3,319

74,322

3,319

77,832

3,319

4

73,849

3,319

77,641

3,319

81,151

3,319

5

77,873

4,024

81,665

4,024

85,175

4,024

6

81,897

4,024

85,689

4,024

89,199

4,024

7

85,921

4,024

89,713

4,024

93,223

4,024

8&9

89,945

4,024

93,737

4,024

97,247

4,024

10

93,969

4,024

97,761

4,024

101,271

4,024

 

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING

PRINCIPAL of ALTERNATE PROGRAMS

THIS AGREEMENT is made in duplicate. BETWEEN:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MEDICINE HAT SCHOOL DISTRICT N0.76
(Hereinafter called “The Board”)
OF THE FIRST PART

- and -

THE ALBERTA TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (Hereinafter called “The ATA”)
OF THE SECOND PART

WHEREAS the position of Principal Alternate Programs was a new position for the District in 2007; and

WHEREAS it is understood that the program is unique and that a fair administrative allowance is essential for the District to both attract and retain a suitable administrator.

THEREFORE it is agreed

That the Principal Alternate Programs shall be paid an administrative allowance equivalent to the allowance paid to a first Vice-Principal of Medicine Hat High School until August 31, 2015 after which the new article 4.1(5) will become effective.

DATED at the City of Medicine Hat, in the Province of Alberta, this 16th day of April, 2013.

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING

PRINCIPAL DESIGNATE

THIS AGREEMENT is made in duplicate. BETWEEN:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF
MEDICINE HAT SCHOOL DISTRICT N0.76 (Hereinafter called “The Board”)
OF THE FIRST PART

- and -

THE ALBERTA TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (Hereinafter called “The ATA”)
OF THE SECOND PART

WHEREAS in small schools where there is only one administrator and he/she is required to be off-site there is a need to have someone temporarily assume the duties of the administrator.

THEREFORE it is agreed

In schools where there is no vice-principal assigned, a principal designate shall be appointed at the start of each school year.  The principal designate shall receive up to five (5) days in lieu per school year for said duties.

DATED at the City of Medicine Hat, in the Province of Alberta, this 16th day of April, 2013.

Public Memorandum of Agreement (Supplementary Unemployment Benefits Plan)

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING

Assistant Superintendents and Article 1 (click here for pdf)

This agreement is made in duplicate this 14th day of February, 2017.

BETWEEN:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF MEDICINE HAT SCHOOL DISTRICT N0.76
(Hereinafter called “The Board”)
OF THE FIRST PART

- and -

THE ALBERTA TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (Hereinafter called “The ATA”)
OF THE SECOND PART

WHEREAS

The current collective agreement, under articl 1, currently reads as follows:

“ARTICLE 1 RECOGNITION

During the currency thereof, this Agreement shall be applicable to all teachers employed by the Board, excluding thereout:

(1) The Superintendent,
(2) All Associate Superintendents.”

In the very near future the District intends to fill two new created positions with the title “Assistant Superintendents”.

The District wants to ensure that there are no concerns by either party as to whether the successful applicants are or should be a member of the bargaining unit.

These new positions will be twelve month positions and are intended to be out of scope.

THEREFORE it is agreed that:

At the next round of negotiations Article 1 will be replaced in its entirety with the following:

"ARTICLE 1 RECOGNITION

During the currency thereof, this Agreement shall be applicable to all teachers employed by the Board, excluding thereout:

(1) The Superintendent,
(2) The Deputy Superintendent,
(3) All Associate Superintendents, and
(4) All Assistant Superintendents”

In the interim, it is further agreed that the current wording of Article 1 was intended to, and shall be interpreted as the revised article above reads.

DATED at the City of Medicine Hat, in the Province of Alberta, this 14th day of February, 2017.