Northern Lights School Division No 69 (2012 - 2016)

This agreement is made pursuant to the School Act and the Labour Relations Code and the Employment Standards Code.

Between:

THE BOARD OF TRUSTEES OF THE NORTHERN LIGHTS SCHOOL DIVISION NO. 69 (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 “Association"),

OF THE SECOND PART

WHEREAS the Association is the bargaining agent for the teachers employed by the Board; and

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

WHEREAS the parties desire that these matters be set forth in an agreement.

NOW THEREFORE THIS AGREEMENT WITNESSETH that the parties agree as follows:

1.0   RECOGNITION

1.1   This agreement applies to those employees of the Board who as a condition of 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.

1.2   Notwithstanding Clause 1.1, the following shall be excluded from this agreement:

(a) Superintendent

(b) Associate Superintendent

(c) Divisional Directors

(d) Divisional Coordinators

1.3   All teachers employed by the Board as in Clause 1.1 shall be members of the Association and as such shall pay dues to the Association.

2.0   EFFECTIVE DATE

2.1   This agreement is for a four (4) year term from September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2016. Unless otherwise specifically provided for, this Collective Agreement shall take effect on the first of the month following ratification by both parties and shall remain in full force and effect until varied by collective bargaining.

2.2   Either party to this collective agreement shall give notice in writing to terminate or to amend this agreement no less than 60 (sixty) and not more than 180 (one hundred and eighty) days immediately preceding the date of expiry of this agreement.

2.3   Collective bargaining procedures will be consistent with the provisions of the Labour Relations Code.

2.3.1   Both parties shall present particulars of all amendments/proposals to be considered during collective bargaining in accordance with Section 60(2) of the Labour Relations Code.

3.0   SALARY SCHEDULE

3.1   The Board shall pay its respective teachers the salaries and allowances as herein set forth and computed.  All sums mentioned herein are "per annum" unless specifically stated otherwise.

3.2   The number of years of teacher education and the years of teacher experience, as computed according to this agreement, shall together determine the basic salary rates for each teacher employed by the Board.

3.2.1   The basic salary rate for any teacher currently employed with the Board with less than four (4) years of teacher education shall be permanently placed in category four (4) teacher education and level two (2) teacher experience.  The teacher shall remain at this placement until the teacher provides the Board with an updated TQS (Teacher Qualifications Service) form verified by the Alberta Teachers’ Association.

3.3   Save and except substitute teachers, each teacher shall be paid monthly one-twelfth (1/12) of his/her annual salary in accordance with the provisions of the School Act and Board policy and regulation in respect to Payroll Procedures.

3.4   Notwithstanding Clause 3.3, a teacher shall upon written request prior to May 31, receive his/her July salary along with the regular June payment, and, provided the required forms and records are submitted to the Board, the teacher shall receive his/her August payment on or before July 15.

3.5   Notwithstanding Clause 3.3, a teacher in his/her first year of employment with the Board, upon request, shall be paid after two (2) weeks of employment one-half (1/2) of his/her regular monthly salary for the month of September.  The balance of which is to be paid at the specified time as per Clause 3.3.

3.5.1   Consideration will be made to a written request from a newly employed teacher in his/her first (1st) month of employment to be paid after two (2) weeks one-half (1/2) of his/her salary for his/her first (1st) month of employment.

3.6   Adjustments to salary for personal leave and payments for Principal designate allowance shall be made and itemized on the last pay cheque for the school year.

3.6.1   Adjustments to salary for leave without pay will be made according to the reporting requirements of the Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund.

Salary Schedules

2012-2015 SALARY SCHEDULE

 

Years of Teacher Education

 

Experience

4

5

6

0

58,425

61,767

65,346

1

62,203

65,542

69,108

2

65,980

69,317

72,880

3

69,755

73,101

76,655

4

73,537

76,875

80,438

5

77,314

80,658

84,214

6

81,094

84,434

87,990

7

84,871

88,211

91,774

8

88,645

91,989

95,547

9

92,545

95,765

99,321

 

2015-2016 SALARY SCHEDULE (Effective September 1, 2015  *as per Appendix A)

 

Years of Teacher Education

 

Experience

4

5

6

0

59,594

63,002

66,653

1

63,447

66,853

70,490

2

67,300

70,703

74,338

3

71,150

74,563

78,188

4

75,008

78,413

82,047

5

78,860

82,271

85,898

6

82,716

86,123

89,750

7

86,568

89,975

93,609

8

90,418

93,829

97,458

9

94,396

97,680

101,307

 

3.8   *As per Appendix A -  a one-time lump-sum payment of 1.0% (one per cent) of the annual salary as set out in the Collective Agreement grid in effect as of November 15, 2015 FUNDED BY THE GOVERNMENT will be paid to all teachers on contract on that date and paid no later than the end of December, 2015. A part-time teachers’ annual salary shall be determined by their f.t.e. (full time equivalency) and grid position as of November 15, 2015.

4.0   ALLOWANCES

In addition to basic salary, a person appointed to administrative positions shall receive an allowance according to the following schedule.  Increases to the allowances will be calculated as shown below:

4.1   Principal - A Principal allowance shall be paid in consideration of the number of students under the jurisdiction of a school on September 30.  A student enrolled in an ECS program will be counted as 0.8 f.t.e. for allowance purposes.  The per annum allowance applicable for the term of this agreement is as follows:

Effective September 1, 2012

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

BASIC

PER STUDENT

1st - 50 Students

$7,866

N/A

51-100 Students

$15,733

N/A

Over 100 Students (101+)

$15,733

$19.36

(Per student rate is calculated from the first student)

 

Effective September 1, 2014

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

BASIC

PER STUDENT

1st - 100 Students

$15,733

N/A

Over 100 Students (101+)

$15,733

$19.36

(Per student rate is calculated from the first student)

 

Effective September 1, 2015

NUMBER OF STUDENTS

BASIC

PER STUDENT

1st - 100 Students

$16,048

N/A

Over 100 Students (101+)

$16,048

$19.75

(Per student rate is calculated from the first student)


4.1.1   Transfer Adjustments
:  In the event that the Board initiates the transfer of a principal or assistant principal and such transfer results in an administrative allowance that is less than the allowance the principal or assistant principal currently receives by more than twenty (20) students, the Board will maintain the higher allowance payment for three (3) school years.  For transfers that become effective following the commencement of a school year, the higher administrative allowance will be paid for the remainder of that school year and the following three (3) school years.  This shall not apply if the principal or assistant principal requests the transfer.

4.2   Assistant Principal - Each Assistant Principal shall be paid an allowance that is one-half (1/2) of the allowance paid in accordance with Clause 4.1.

4.3   Principal Designate - The allowance for service in this capacity shall be as follows:

TERM

for each half day

for each full day

September 1, 2012 – August 31, 2015

$29.49

$58.97

September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016

$30.08

$60.15


4.4
   The Board may create and fill administrative, supervisory or other positions, where a teaching certificate is a requirement of the position, other than those specifically enumerated in this clause, provided that the allowance for such position is established by an addendum to this agreement prior to the position being filled.

4.5   Assistant Principal designations may not be terminated except as recommended by the Superintendent in consultation with the School Principal involved.

4.6   When in the absence of the Principal, an Assistant Principal or Principal Designate acts in his/her place for a period of more five (5) consecutive operational days they shall be designated as temporary acting Principal and shall be paid a Principal's allowance effective the sixth(6th) day.

4.7   Payment of administrative allowance other than "Principal Designate" shall commence on the effective date of appointment. The allowance for service as a Principal Designate shall be made in accordance with Alberta Teachers’ Retirement Fund requirements.

4.8   Divisional Psychologist

Effective September 1, 2012 a Divisional Psychologist shall be paid a per annum allowance of $12,545. Effective September 1, 2015 this amount shall be increased by the same percentage on the same date as the salary grid increase, for the term of this agreement, *as per Apendix A.

5.0   YEARS OF TEACHING EXPERIENCE

For purposes of placement on the salary grid a teacher shall be deemed to have earned an additional year of teaching experience upon having rendered active service for not less than the equivalent of one hundred and fifteen (115) days (as defined in Section 97 (1) of the School Act).  Such teaching experience must be earned within three (3) consecutive years with the Board.  When a year of teaching experience has been earned, the teacher shall not begin to accumulate credit towards another year of teaching experience until the commencement of the next school year or the first day of February in the next school year, whichever shall first occur.

In the event that a teacher has rendered more than one hundred and fifteen (115) days of active service and has been credited with his/her last increment, the teacher shall not be entitled to apply any days of active service in excess of one hundred and fifteen (115) days to the earning of an additional increment.  Substitute teaching shall be counted as teaching experience for purposes of this clause.

5.1   The number of years of teaching experience earned by a teacher prior to engagement by the Board is counted as if it had been teaching experience in schools under the Board’s jurisdiction. For initial grid placement purposes only the Board shall recognize partial years of experience with previous Boards. For subsequent increment purposes, the Board shall not recognize partial years of experience earned prior to employment with the Board.

5.2   The adjustment date for changes in the number of years allowed for teaching experience in school shall be the first teaching day of each school year or February 1, whichever shall first occur provided, however, that no teacher shall receive more than one (1) experience increment in any one (1) school year.

5.3   The teacher shall be responsible to submit satisfactory evidence of years of teaching experience to the Board.  Satisfactory evidence shall be deemed to include an affidavit by the teacher and/or documentation from former board(s) which employed the teacher. If satisfactory evidence or proof of having applied for same is not submitted within forty-five (45) calendar days of commencement of employment, the Board upon its discretion may pay on the basis of the number of years for which proof is provided.

5.4   Retroactive payment for years of teaching experience shall only apply to teachers who have provided documentation from former board(s) or have provided a copy of application for same to the Board within the forty-five (45) calendar days of commencement of employment.

5.5   If such evidence is not submitted within the aforementioned forty-five (45) calendar days, the teaching salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following submission of such evidence.

6.0   YEARS OF TEACHER EDUCATION

The evaluation of a teacher's 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 policies and principles approved by the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board established under Memorandum of Agreement among the Department of Education, Alberta School Trustees' Association and the Alberta Teachers' Association dated March 23, 1967.

6.1   Placement on the salary schedule shall be according to the number of years of teacher education at the first day of each school year, on commencement of employment, or on February 1.

6.1.1   Until the teacher submits proof of teacher education for salary purposes the teacher shall be placed on the salary schedule according to the most recent acceptable statement of qualifications or according to the minimum education requirement of his/her teaching certificate.

6.2   Proof of teacher education in the form of a TQS evaluation or proof of having applied for same must be submitted to the Board within the forty-five (45) calendar days of commencement of employment, the first day of school of each school year or February 1.

6.3   Failure to submit proof of application within the forty-five (45) calendar days shall result in salary adjustment commencing the month following the submission of the statement of qualifications.  The Board in its discretion shall be entitled to treat any adjustment as being retroactive for the purposes of recovery should a TQS evaluation establish a level of qualifications inferior to that being paid for by the Board.

7.0   CTS TEACHERS

7.1   CTS Teachers: Career and technology studies teachers who hold a valid Teaching Certificate and hold a journeyman’s certificate or equivalent will be placed at four (4) years education, ‘0’ years experience or higher, if his/her TQS evaluation allows.

7.2   The Board, at its discretion, may recognize for teacher education purposes, a CTS Teacher’s technical trade qualifications limited to one further year beyond the teacher’s current Teacher Qualifications Service (TQS) evaluation.

7.3   Experience increments will be granted for the journeyman trade experience and will be paid on the basis of one (1) year for each three (3) years of journeyman trade experience directly related to the teaching assignment.  In the event of a major fraction of years of experience, the calculations will be taken to the next higher year. One (1) year of full-time industrial trade experience shall be time equivalent to 2000 hours worked per year as a journeyman.  Verifiable documents provided are either from a third party employer, filed tax returns or other support documents which confirm work in the area for which the teacher holds a valid journeyman certificate and will be teaching.

7.4   Following initial placement, the CTS teacher shall be entitled to the regular experience increments provided by this agreement, up to the maximum provided in the applicable category.

7.5   Such recognition for teacher education and experience purposes requires that the teacher be instructing in a relevant trades-based course, and will not be provided when the teacher requests to cease such instruction, effective the pay period following the change in teaching assignment. In the event that the teacher is assigned to a non-CTS position, the aforementioned recognition for salary purposes will be grandfathered for the period of one year.

8.0   SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

A substitute teacher means a teacher employed on a day-to-day basis.

8.1   Effective September 1, 2012, payment for a full day of substitute teaching shall be $199.20; for one-half (1/2) day or less of substitute teaching payment shall be $99.60, inclusive of four (4) per cent vacation pay.  Effective September 1, 2014, increase substitute teachers’ daily rate of pay, and half day rate of pay by one (1%) percent; payment for a full day of substitute teaching shall be $201.19; for one-half (1/2) day or less of substitute teaching payment shall be $100.60, inclusive of four (4) per cent vacation pay.

Effective September 1, 2015, payment for a full day of substitute teaching shall be $205.20, for one-half (1/2) day or less of substitute teaching payment shall be $101.60 inclusive of four (4) per cent vacation pay.

8.2   A teacher substituting for five (5) or more consecutive days for the same teacher shall be paid according to grid position retroactive to the first day.

9.0   SUMMER SCHOOL INSTRUCTION

Teachers providing instructional services for courses approved by the Division during the months of July and August shall be paid one two-hundredth (1/200th) of their grid placement for every full day that instruction is provided.  One-half (1/2) day of instructional service will be paid one four-hundredth (1/400th) of their grid placement.

10.0   SICK LEAVE

10.1   Leave with pay will be granted to teachers for the need to obtain medical or dental treatment for themselves or a member of their household or immediate family (parents and children).  The Board may require a medical certificate.

10.2   Leave with pay necessitated by the illness of a teacher will be granted to the teacher in accordance with the School Act and the following:

10.2.1   In the first year of service with the Board, leave will be granted at the rate of two (2) days per month to a maximum of twenty days (20) per year of which at least twelve (12) days will be retained for the employee’s personal illness or injury.

10.2.2   After the first year and subject to continuing uninterrupted service, each teacher shall be eligible for sick leave benefits to a maximum of ninety (90) calendar days per year.

10.2.3   After ninety (90) calendar days of continuous absence due to medical disability, no further salary shall be paid and the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan shall take effect.

10.2.4   Where a teacher has suffered an illness and/or has been paid under the provisions of the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, upon his/her ability to return to duty as certified by a Board approved practitioner at the Board's expense, 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:

During the first year of service with the Board the remainder of days earned under clause 10.2.1.

After the first year of service with the Board - ninety (90) calendar days.

10.2.5   The accumulated sick leave benefits of a teacher shall not be affected as a result of any leave of absence granted by the Board for reasons other than those provided for by this clause, for a period not exceeding one (1) year.

10.2.6   Before any payment is made under the foregoing regulations, the teacher may be required to provide:

10.2.6.1   A declaration, on a form provided by the Board, where the absence is for a period of three (3) operational days or less.

10.2.6.2   A certificate signed by a qualified medical or dental practitioner where the absence is for a period of over three (3) operational days. The Board may require medical certification for periods of three (3) days or less. In these instances the Board will notify the teacher and the Coordinator of Teacher Welfare in writing if it requires a teacher to provide further medical certificates.

10.2.6.3   Prior to an employee returning to work after a period of thirty (30) or more continuous calendar days of medical absence, the employee shall provide the Board with a medical certificate signed by a Board approved medical practitioner indicating his/her ability to return to normal working duties, cost to be borne by the Board.

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

10.2.8   A teacher attending a medical or dental appointment outside the immediate area may be required to provide proof of attendance, cost of such proof to be borne by the Board.

10.2.9   It is understood that a teacher who becomes eligible for receipt of disability benefits as provided in the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan will not be entitled to receive cumulative sick pay benefits.

10.2.10   The teacher will be granted up to one (1) day leave with pay at the time of the birth of his child.  This leave is considered part of the ninety (90) days as per Clause 10.2.

11.0   HEALTH PLAN BENEFITS

Membership in group insurance plans operated jointly by the Board and the Association are a condition of employment for all eligible teachers, except where membership would duplicate that already provided by a spouse.  Any teacher who does not apply within forty-five (45) calendar days of commencement of employment will be considered a late applicant and may have to forego benefits.

11.1   The Board shall pay on behalf of each participating teacher; premiums connected with approved group insurance programs as follows:

11.1.1   Ninety five per cent (95%) of the teachers’ premiums for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan – Extended Disability Benefits – Plan D.  Effective September 1, 2014, one hundred per cent (100%) of the teachers’ premiums for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan – Extended Disability Benefits – Plan D.

11.1.2   One hundred percent (100%) of the teachers’ premiums for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Life Insurance and Accidental Death and Dismemberment - Schedule 2.

11.1.3   One hundred percent (100%) of the teachers' premium for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Extended Health Care - Plan 1.

11.1.4   One hundred percent (100%) of the teachers' premium for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Dental Care - Plan 3.

11.1.5   One hundred percent (100%) of the teachers' premiums for Alberta Health Care.

11.1.6   One hundred percent (100%) of the teachers’ premiums for the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan - Vision Care – Plan 3. 

11.1.7   On the basis of the family rates where a married couple is employed by the Board.  Subject to approval by Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, married couples employed by the Board will be eligible to coordinate their benefits under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.

11.2   Payments made towards benefit plans by the Board shall permit the Board to retain, and not pass on to teachers, any rebates of premiums otherwise required under Canada Employment and Immigration Commission regulations.

11.3   Employees upon becoming eligible for Extended Disability benefits shall assume one hundred percent (100%) payment of all premiums for which they wish continued coverage.  The employee shall be notified as to the procedure for premium remittances. Effective September 1, 2014 upon becoming eligible for extended disability benefits, teachers shall be provided with 100 percent payment of premiums for Vision Care – Plan 3 and Dental Care – Plan 3.

11.4   Board contributions for Group Insurance Plan premiums shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency (f.t.e.) with the exception that the Board will contribute premiums for part-time teachers between 0.5 and 0.75 f.t.e. on the same basis as a 0.75 f.t.e. teacher and that the Board will contribute premiums for part-time teachers between 0.76 and 0.99 f.t.e. on the same basis as a full-time teacher.

11.5   Health Spending Account (HSA) / Wellness Spending Account (WSA)

The Board will establish for each eligible teacher a Health Spending Account for the use of the eligible teacher, his/her spouse and dependents, and administered by the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP), which adheres to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Income Tax Act requirements. In addition, effective September 1, 2014 the Wellness Account (Choice Option 3) shall also be made available to each eligible teacher his/her spouse and dependents, and administered by the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP), which adheres to Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and Income Tax Act requirements

11.5.1   The Board will contribute an annual amount as per the schedule below per eligible teacher per year to such account(s), contributions to be made monthly.  Employer contributions are an earned benefit and shall be made on a monthly basis over a period of ten (10) months.

Schedule:

September 1, 2011

$500

($50.00 / month)

September 1, 2015

$525

($52.50 / month)


11.5.1.1
   The proportion of monies to be directed to each account shall be determined on an annual basis by eligible teachers, or in the case of newly hired teachers, at the commencement of employment with the Board.

11.5.2   The unused balance(s) will be carried forward to the extent permitted by CRA.

11.5.3   Teachers leaving the employ of the Board for any reason will forfeit any remaining balance.

11.5.4   In this article "eligible teacher" means any teacher on a continuing, probationary, interim or temporary contract.  Substitute teachers are not eligible for a Health Spending Account or Wellness Spending Account.

12.0   LEAVE OF ABSENCE

12.1   Compassionate Leave

Temporary leave of absence, with pay and benefits, necessitated at the time of critical illness requiring hospitalization or emergency medical treatment shall be granted as follows:

12.1.1   Involving members of the immediate family - husband, wife, son, daughter, parent, brother, sister, parent-in-law; a period not exceeding five (5) working days.

12.1.2   Involving members of the extended family of the teacher or spouse: grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or a member of the teacher’s household; a period not exceeding three (3) working days.

12.1.3   The Board may in the case of critical illness require a medical certificate.

Temporary leave of absence, with pay and benefits, necessitated at the time of death shall be granted as follows:

12.1.4   Involving members of the immediate family - husband, wife, son, daughter, parent, brother, sister, parent-in-law; a period not exceeding five (5) working days.

12.1.5   Involving members of the extended family of the teacher or spouse - grandparent, grandchild, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, uncle, aunt, nephew, niece or a member of the teacher’s household; a period not exceeding three (3) working days.

12.1.6   Additional compassionate leave where required may be granted upon application to the Superintendent or designate.  An additional leave may be granted only when the funeral arrangements necessitate out of province or out of country travel.

12.1.7   Up to one (1) day for a funeral for anyone not listed in 11.1, with prior approval by the Superintendent or designate.

12.2   Personal Leave

Personal leave with pay and benefits will be earned at the rate of three (3) days per school year which is non accumulative, and subject to operational feasibility of the school, shall be granted to a teacher for reasons not otherwise provided under this agreement and subject to the following:

12.2.1   The teacher shall be granted two (2) days without deduction and one (1) day with deduction equivalent to the cost of a substitute which will be applied to the teacher's salary.

12.2.2   Personal leave is an earned benefit over the course of the school year and any adjustments would be applied at year-end or at the time of discontinuance of service, whichever occurs first.

12.2.3   Teachers that have accumulated more than three (3) personal leave days will have their excess days classified as grandfathered personal leave days and the said days will be reduced first as they are utilized.

12.2.3.1    Personal leaves of absence for more than two (2) consecutive days require the prior approval of the Superintendent of Schools or his/her designate.

12.3   Maternity, Parental and Adoption Leave

12.3.1   The teacher shall endeavour to notify the Board of leave requirements three (3) months in advance; however, the teacher shall give the Board at least two (2) weeks’ notice of the day on which maternity or parental leave is to commence. Such notice shall be in writing.

12.3.2   Prior to the leave commencing, each teacher shall endeavor to provide the Board with the date the teacher plans on returning to work, however, the teacher shall give the Board at least two (2) weeks’ notice of the intended return to work day.  Such notice shall be in writing.

12.3.3   The Board shall make every effort to return the teacher to the same position held at the commencement of the leave, but if that should prove to be impractical or not possible, to a similar position within the same school.

12.3.4   Maternity leave shall be for a period of up to fifteen [15] weeks.

12.3.5   The first six (6) weeks after childbirth will be accepted as the health related portion of the teacher’s maternity leave without having to provide medical evidence.  If the health related portion extends beyond the six (6) weeks, then supporting medical documentation shall be submitted.

12.3.6   The teacher agrees to apply for employment insurance (EI) benefits immediately following the date of delivery.

12.3.7   The Board agrees to supplement the EI benefits received by the teacher to an amount equal to the teacher’s normal weekly earnings during the health-related portion of the leave, with such leave falling within the EI entitlement period.  The teacher may be required to submit medical certificate(s) in order to have her EI benefits supplemented.

12.3.8   The supplementary benefit shall replace sick leave benefits and the teacher shall have no access to sick leave benefits while on the supplementary benefit plan.

12.3.9   When a teacher has not accumulated sufficient insurable hours and is unable or unsuccessful in qualifying for EI benefits, and has provided the Board with appropriate documentation, the teacher may access available sick leave benefits during the health related portion of maternity leave.

12.3.10   The teacher will provide a copy of the first EI cheque stub to the Board as verification of receipt of EI benefits.

12.3.11   The Board shall pay its portion of the teacher’s health plan premiums during the health related portion of maternity leave.

12.3.12   That period of the maternity leave not covered by the health related portion shall be without pay and without Board contribution to health plan premiums.

12.3.13   The teacher shall not be entitled to any supplementation of EI benefits for any period during which the teacher would not have taught if she were not on maternity leave.

12.3.14   The Board shall advise each teacher to apply for Extended Disability (E.D.) benefits at least thirty (30) days in advance of her expected eligibility for such benefit.  After ninety (90) consecutive calendar days of disability the teacher shall apply for E.D. benefits and no further salary, health plan premiums, or supplementation of EI benefits shall be payable by the Board.

12.3.15   Each teacher shall be eligible for a further parental leave without pay and Board contributions to health plan premiums for up to thirty-seven (37) weeks provided such is continuous and complete within twelve (12) months of the date of the birth of the child or the date the child was first placed with the adoptive parent.  During this thirty-seven (37) week period, each teacher shall be eligible to maintain coverage on health plans provided the teacher pays one hundred percent (100%) of the premiums

12.3.16   Parental leave may be prorated between the birth mother and the father or adoptive parents provided that the sum of the parental leave shall not exceed thirty-seven (37) weeks and the parental leave is without pay and Board contributions to health plan premiums.

12.3.17   Additional leave may be granted with the mutual agreement of the Board and the teacher. Prior to leave being granted, the Board and the teacher shall agree to terms and conditions in writing of resumption of duties on the part of the teacher.

12.4   Jury Duty, Court Summons or Subpoena Leave

Leave with pay shall be granted for a teacher to serve on a jury or answer any summons related thereto, or to answer a subpoena or summons to attend as a witness in any proceeding authorized by law to compel the attendance of witnesses, providing any stipend established by the court shall be turned over to the Board.

12.5   A.T.A. Business Leave

Where the Board grants leave for Association business such leave shall be without loss of salary provided that an amount equal to the salary paid to a substitute teacher, as per clause 7.1, is paid by the Association to the Board.

12.6   Other Leaves

Additional leaves of absence may be granted by the Board with or without pay at the discretion of the Board.

13.0   PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT

13.1   Professional Improvement Leave

Professional Improvement Leave shall mean a leave of absence without pay granted by the Board at its discretion and upon application by a teacher for study or other activities designed to improve the teacher's academic or professional qualifications.

13.1.1   All applications for Professional Improvement Leave shall be submitted to the Superintendent by April 30 or a minimum of ninety (90) days prior to the proposed commencement of the leave.

13.1.2   All applicants for Professional Improvement Leave shall be advised of the Superintendent's decision within thirty (30) days of receipt of the application.

13.1.3   Procedures governing applications and approval of Professional Improvement Leave shall be in accordance with Board policy and regulations.

13.1.4   The terms and conditions of any Professional Improvement Leave shall be agreed to in writing prior to final approval.

13.1.5   Except as herein provided, the Board shall not be responsible for any benefits or the payments of any premiums associated therewith, on behalf of a teacher on Professional Improvement Leave.  The teacher may however maintain existing benefits entirely at their personal expense.

13.2   Professional Improvement Assistance

Professional Improvement shall mean study or other activities designed to improve the teacher’s academic or professional qualifications in the current or coming school year.

13.2.1   The Board shall annually establish a fund equivalent to forty seven thousand, six hundred and eighty two dollars ($47,682) that is to be allocated in terms of assistance grants to qualifying teachers for Professional Improvement Assistance.  This fund shall be increased annually by the same percentage increases on the same dates as the salary grid.

13.2.2   The applications including proposed costs for Professional Improvement Assistance shall be submitted to the Superintendent a minimum of ninety (90) days prior to the proposed commencement of the professional improvement activity.

13.2.3   All applicants for Professional Improvement Assistance shall be advised of any assistance granted within sixty (60) days of receipt of application.

13.2.4   Any unused portion of the fund established shall revert to the instructional revenue block of the Board and shall not accumulate to ensuing years.

13.2.5   A teacher who is granted Professional Improvement Assistance shall give an undertaking in writing to not resign or retire from teaching service with the Board other than by mutual agreement between the Board and the teacher for a period of one (1) year.  Should a teacher fail to comply with this clause he/she shall repay the allowance on a pro rata basis.

13.2.6   Procedures governing applications and approval of Professional Improvement Assistance shall be in accordance with Board policy and regulations.

14.0   RETIREMENT POLICY

The Board shall have a Retirement Policy

15.0   TRANSFER

15.1   Where the Board initiates a teacher’s transfer to a school which is in excess of forty (40) km away from their existing residence and the teacher chooses to relocate to the new community, the Board shall reimburse the teacher for approved costs directly incurred in the transporting of household furnishings and personal effects from the existing residence to the new residence subject to the teacher providing an approved estimate of costs prior to the move being undertaken, and providing a statement of costs incurred with supporting documents upon completion of the move.

15.1.1   Prior to and including the last day of the school year, when a vacancy occurs, a teacher who has filed a notice of intent to transfer for that type of assignment shall be considered for the vacant position.  Should the teacher not be selected, he/she may request a written explanation of the reason(s).

15.1.2   When a teacher is transferred subsequent to the commencement of the school year the teacher, upon request, shall be provided up to three (3) days of unassigned time to prepare for the new assignment.

16.0   GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

Any difference between any employee covered by this agreement and the Board, or in a proper case between the local 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 follows, without stoppage of work or refusal to perform work.

16.1   Such difference (hereinafter called "a grievance") shall first be submitted in writing to the Superintendent or designate and the Coordinator of Teacher Welfare of the Association and copied to the Chairperson of the E.P.C. of the A.T.A. Local No. 15.  Such grievance shall be submitted in writing within twenty (20) days from the date of the incident giving rise to the grievance or from the date the griever first has knowledge of the incident, whichever is later and shall set out the nature of the grievance, the articles of this agreement which it is alleged have been violated and the remedy sought.

16.2   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 lapsed from the expiration of the aforesaid fifteen (15) day time period, the grievance shall be referred in writing to the Secretary-Treasurer of the Board, the Secretary of the local of the A.T.A. and the Chairperson of the E.P.C. of the A.T.A. Local No. 15 who in turn shall notify their respective grievance committee.

16.2.1   Such grievance committee shall be composed of two (2) representatives of theBoard and two (2) representatives of the Association.  A quorum of this committee shall consist of all members.  The grievance committee shall meet and endeavor to resolve the grievance and shall render its decision in respect of the grievance within twenty one (21) days following receipt of the submission except where by unanimous consent of the grievance committee; the hearing of such grievance is adjourned for the purpose of obtaining further information.  If the grievance committee reaches a unanimous decision as to the disposition of any grievance, that decision shall be final and binding.

16.3   If the grievance committee does not reach a unanimous or any decision within the said time, then either party may, by written notice served on the other party, require the establishment of an arbitration board as hereinafter provided.  Such notice shall be given within fifteen (15) days after the date of the aforesaid twenty one (21) day limit expires or the date the grievance committee renders other than a unanimous decision, whichever is shorter.

16.4   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 (2nd) of them, appoint a third (3rd) person who shall be the chairperson.  In the event of any failure to appoint, any party may request the Director of Mediation Services to make the necessary appointment.

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

16.6   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 provision of this agreement or that involves the determination of a subject matter not covered by, or arising during the term of this agreement.

16.7   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 chairperson governs and it shall be deemed to be the award of the board.

16.8   The arbitration board shall give its decision not later than fourteen (14) days after the appointment of the chairman, provided however, that this time period may be extended by written consent of the parties.

16.9   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 chairman.

16.10   All the aforesaid time limits referred to in the grievance procedure shall exclude school calendar non-operational days.

16.11   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 limits specified, the grievance shall be deemed to be at an end.

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

17.0   PROBATIONARY PERIOD

A teacher in possession of a probationary contract shall be notified by the Board prior to May 25 of the current school year as to the future status of the contract.

18.0   SUCCESSORS

This agreement shall inure to the benefit of and be binding upon the parties and their successor.

19.0   MANAGEMENT RIGHTS

In matters not otherwise covered by this agreement, the Board agrees to act in a fair, just, and reasonable manner. It is recognized that the Board has a responsibility to consider matters and parties beyond this agreement in determining what is fair, just and reasonable.  

20.0   INTERIM/TEMPORARY/PART-TIME TEACHERS

Teachers on employment contracts which do not require full day service for a full school year shall be considered as part-time teachers and as such eligible for all provisions and benefits of this agreement.

20.1   Salary shall be determined as per the School Act Section 111 (1).

20.2   Sick leave (Clause 10) shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency.

20.3   Compassionate leave (Clause 12.1) shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency.

20.4   Personal leave (Clause 12.2) shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency.

20.5   Board contributions for Group Insurance Plan premiums shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency with the exception that the Board will contribute premiums for part-time teachers between 0.5 and 0.75 f.t.e. on the same basis as a 0.75 f.t.e. teacher and that the Board will contribute premiums for part-time teachers between 0.76 and 0.99 f.t.e. on the same basis as a full-time teacher.

20.6   Part-time teachers shall be compensated on the basis of full time equivalency when required by Board directive to participate in activities beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities. 

21.0   CONTINUOUS PART-TIME TEACHERS

Teachers on a contract of continuous employment which do not require full day service for a full school year shall be considered as full time teachers and as such eligible for all provisions and benefits of this agreement.

21.1   Salary shall be determined as per the School Act Section 111 (1).

21.2   Sick leave (Clause 10) shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency.

21.3   Compassionate leave (Clause 12.1) shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency.

21.4   Personal leave (Clause 12.2) shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency.

21.5   Board contributions for Group Insurance Plan premiums shall be prorated on the basis of full time equivalency with the exception that the Board will contribute premiums for part-time teachers between 0.5 and 0.75 f.t.e. on the same basis as a 0.75 f.t.e. teacher and that the Board will contribute premiums for part-time teachers between 0.76 and 0.99 f.t.e. on the same basis as a full-time teacher.

21.6   Part-time teachers shall be compensated on the basis of full time equivalency when required by Board directive to participate in activities beyond the scope of their normal responsibilities.

21.7   The Board may provide a part-time assignment to a teacher with a full time continuous contract upon the teacher’s request.

21.7.1   The part-time assignment shall continue from year to year until:

21.7.1.1   The Board provides notice to the teacher that he/she shall have a change in level of duties.

21.7.1.2   The Board and the teacher mutually agree to a change in the level of duties.

22.0   DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE PLAN

22.1   The Board shall make available a Deferred Salary Leave Plan and make the necessary payroll deductions for remittance to the corporation administering the plan.

22.2   A maximum of ten (10) teachers shall be granted a deferred salary leave of absence for a given year.

22.3   The Deferred Salary Leave Plan application shall be concluded by September 10th in the year of application to participate in the Deferred Salary Leave Plan.

22.4   Upon the expiry of the leave of absence under the Deferred Salary Leave Plan, the teacher shall resume employment with the Board.

22.5   A Deferred Salary Committee consisting of a Board member, a teacher representative and a member of Division Office administration may be established to resolve conflicts that may arise with the Deferred Salary Leave Plan.

23.0   TEACHER-BOARD LIAISON COMMITTEE

The parties hereby recognize that basic to the proper management and administration of a school system is the Board's right and responsibility to formulate and adopt policies and regulations.

23.1   The Board and the Association recognize the advantages and acknowledge the mutual benefits to be derived from effective communication between trustees, teachers and administrators.

23.2   The parties hereby agree that there shall be constituted a Teacher-Board Liaison Committee for the purpose of considering matters of concern related to school affairs including proposed educational policy changes and changes in conditions of professional service, and communicating thereon the views of the respective parties.

23.3   The Teacher-Board Liaison Committee shall consist of authorized representatives of teachers, elected Board members and their appointees.

23.4   This committee shall meet initially within the first three (3) months of the school year. Further meetings shall be upon the request of either party.

24.0   SUBROGATION CLAUSE

If a teacher receives sick leave benefits because the teacher has been injured through the fault of another party, the Board has subrogation rights.  This means the teacher, if he/she sues, shall be required to include a claim to recover these benefits from the other party and then reimburse the Board the benefits received less the cost of litigation on a proportionate basis.  The Board shall notify the teacher of this requirement in a reasonable period of time of the said benefits commencing.

 

 

APPENDIX A

To the Agreement

between

Northern Lights School Division No. 69

and

The Alberta Teachers' Association

 

FRAMEWORK AGREEMENT:

BETWEEN  THE PARTIES: HER MAJESTY THE QUEEN IN RIGHT OF THE PROVINCE OF ALBERTA (GOVERNMENT), THE ALBERTA TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION (THE ASSOCIATION) AND THE ALBERTA SCHOOL BOARDS ASSOCIATION (ASBA)

Part B:  Teacher Compensation

1.   Percentage increases are set out below for each year of the four-year term and will apply only to salaries as set out in the Collective Agreement grid, other rates of pay, allowances and substitute teacher daily rates of pay. Where those provisions are expressed in dollar amounts and not percentages, the dollar amounts will increase by the applicable percentages.

The following rates will apply:

2012-13 – 0%

2013-14 – 0%

2014-15 – 0%

2015-16 – 2% - effective September 1, 2015

2.   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, funded by the Government and paid no later than the end of December of 2015.

 

 

APPENDIX B

To the Agreement

 between

Northern Lights School Division No. 69

and

The Alberta Teachers' Association

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING 1

Recognition

Divisional Directors and Divisional Coordinators

The board agrees to provide updated role descriptions of Divisional Directors and Divisional Coordinators, by June 30, 2015, and as subsequently may be requested, to the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) chair and the Coordinator of Teacher Welfare

 

LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING 2

Leave of Absence

Lieu days for school based Principals

Effective September 1, 2013, school-based principals will be granted two (2) paid leave day(s) per school year, at a time mutually agreeable to the principal and the superintendent or designate.  Failing agreement about whether the dates are mutually agreeable to the principal and the superintendent, the Employer shall pay out the unused paid leave days at 1/200th of the principal’s annual salary and allowance by the end of June each year. This letter will expire on August 31, 2016.

Letter of Understanding (Pilot of Full-Time ECS Program)