Red Deer Public School Division No 104 (2012 - 2016)

THIS AGREEMENT MADE THIS 16th DAY OF October, 2013

BETWEEN:

The Red Deer Public School District No. 104, herein called the “Board”

AND:

The Alberta Teachers’ Association,

a body corporate under the laws of the Province of Alberta,

herein called the “Association”.

WHEREAS the Association is the sole bargaining agent for teachers, and

WHEREAS such teachers’ terms and conditions of employment and their salaries have been subject to negotiations between the parties, and

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

WHEREAS this agreement is made under the School Act and the Labour Relations Code,

NOW THEREFORE THIS AGREEMENT WITNESSETH:

1.0   APPLICATION

1.1   This agreement shall be applicable to all teachers employed by the Board, excluding thereout:

(a) Superintendent
(b) Deputy Superintendent
(c) Associate Superintendents
(d) Assistant Superintendents
(e) Director of Community Relations

2.0   TERM

2.1   This agreement shall remain in full force and effect from September 1, 2012 and continue in full force and effect to August 31, 2016 and from year to year thereafter, unless either party to this agreement is given notice in writing by the other party not more than one hundred fifty (150) days and not less than sixty (60) days prior to expiration of this agreement.

3.0   SALARY SCHEDULE

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

3.2   The years of teacher education of a teacher and the years of teaching experience 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 one-twelfth (1/12th) of the annual salary rate applicable in that month. Teachers leaving the employ of the Board at the end of the school year shall receive their July and August payments in June of that year.

3.3 (a) Payments will be made on the 25th day of each month, with the exception of December and July.

(b) For the month of July, teachers shall receive their pay on June 30th.

(c) For the month of December, teachers shall receive their pay on the last school day prior to the Christmas break.

(d) The Board will make salary payments by way of an electronic deposit system.

3.4   Salary rates and the experience increments for each year of teacher education are set forth in the following table:

Effective September 1, 2012

Experience

1

2

3

4

5

6

1

 

 

 

58,387

61,772

65,451

2

 

 

 

62,167

65,551

69,230

3

 

 

 

65,946

69,331

73,011

4

 

 

 

69,726

73,110

76,790

5

 

 

 

73,506

76,891

80,570

6

 

 

 

77,286

80,670

84,349

7

 

 

 

81,065

84,450

88,130

8

 

 

 

84,845

88,229

91,909

9

 

 

 

88,625

92,010

95,689

10

58,361

63,437

70,492

92,405

95,789

99,468

 

Effective September 1, 2015

Experience

1

2

3

4

5

6

1

 

 

 

59,555

63,007

66,760

2

 

 

 

63,410

66,862

70,615

3

 

 

 

67,265

70,718

74,471

4

 

 

 

71,121

74,572

78,326

5

 

 

 

74,976

78,429

82,181

6

 

 

 

78,832

82,283

86,036

7

 

 

 

82,686

86,139

89,893

8

 

 

 

86,542

89,994

93,747

9

 

 

 

90,398

93,850

97,603

10

59,528

64,705

71,902

94,253

97,705

101,457

 

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.

4.0   SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS

4.1 (a) The daily rate of pay for substitute teachers shall be:

September 1, 2012-

$201.00

September 1, 2015-

$205.00

 

The rate of pay for substitute teachers who teach only one-half (1/2) day shall be:

September 1, 2012-

$114.00

September 1, 2015-

$116.50

 

(b) Notwithstanding Clause 4.1(a) a substitute teacher who substitutes for the same teacher for a period of more than two (2) consecutive teaching days shall be paid as per his/her grid placement commencing with the third (3rd) day. A substitute teacher’s service shall not be considered broken by a holiday, staff meeting day, teachers’ convention, or any other non-instructional day.

(c) On September 1st of each year, the rate of pay for substitute teachers shall be adjusted by the same percentages as applied in Clause 3.4, rounded to the nearest fifty cents ($0.50).

(d) These rates are inclusive of vacation pay allowance.

(e) Effective January 1, 2014, if a substitute teacher is unable to work as a result of an injury incurred in the course of performing their assigned duties, and where the injury is not compensable under Workers’ Compensation, the Board shall pay the teacher the per diem rate specified in Clause 4.1(a) for a maximum of twenty (20) consecutive teaching days immediately following the injury, provided that the inability to work is verified by a physician chosen or approved by the Board.

5.0   ALLOWANCES

In this clause reference to ‘high school’ shall mean only Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School.

5.1   Allowances – Administrative Personnel

(a) In addition to the salary earned as a teacher, a principal shall receive the applicable administrative allowance according to the following schedule:

Category A

1-15

FTE Teachers

(excluding Principal)

Category B

15.01 – 25 FTE Teachers

(excluding Principal)

Category C *

25.01 – 35

FTE Teachers

(excluding Principal)

Category D

35.01+

FTE Teachers

(excluding Principal)

Sept. 1, 2012:

$ 20,957.00

Sept. 1, 2012:

$ 23,754.00

Sept. 1, 2012:

$ 26,550.00

Sept. 1, 2012:

$ 26,550.00

Plus:

35.01-70.00 FTE teachers:

$238.00 per teacher

over 70.00 FTE teachers:

$223.00 per teacher

Sept. 1, 2014:

$ 23,754.00

Sept. 1, 2014:

$ 25,000.00

Sept. 1, 2014:

$ 26,550.00

Sept. 1, 2014:

$ 26,550.00

Plus:

35.01-70.00 FTE teachers:

$238.00 per teacher

over 70.00 FTE teachers:

$223.00 per teacher

Sept. 1, 2015:

$ 24,229.00

Sept. 1, 2015:

$ 25,500.00

Sept. 1, 2015:

$ 27,081.00

Sept. 1, 2015:

$ 27,081.00

Plus:

35.01-70.00 FTE teachers:

$243.00 per teacher

over 70.00 FTE teachers:

$227.50 per teacher

* Category C includes the Principal of the Alternative Programs.

(b) In addition to the salary earned as a teacher, a vice-principal shall receive the applicable administrative allowance according to the following formula: 

 

Elementary

Middle School *

High School

September 1, 2012

$11,876.00

$13,973.00

$17,115.00

* Middle School category would include Vice Principal in a K-9 school.

Effective September 1, 2014: in addition to the salary earned as a teacher, a vice-principal shall receive an administrative allowance equal to 50% of the allowance designated for a principal of that school. 

(c) Each school with eight (8) or more teachers (excluding the principal) shall have a vice-principal.

(d) Each school with twenty-two (22) or more teachers (excluding the principal) shall have a second vice-principal.

(e) Each of Lindsay Thurber Comprehensive High School and Hunting Hills High School shall have a principal and two or more vice-principals.

(f) The teaching staff allocation as of September 30th shall be used for establishing the school category. The school principal shall not be included in this number.

(g) Any principal or vice-principal who is transferred as a result of a Board request shall retain the same administrative allowance that was in effect at the time of the transfer until such time as the provisions of the Collective Agreement result in an increased allowance.

(h) Principals shall be eligible to be absent from duty for up to four operational days during each school year and vice-principals shall be eligible to be absent from duty for up to two operational days during each school year, with full  salary and benefits, and with each absence requiring the  notification and approval of  the Superintendent of Schools.

5.2   Curriculum Leaders

(a) High School Curriculum Leaders shall be provided with an allowance of $2,940.00

(b) High School Curriculum Leader recommendations will be made by department members and must receive the approval of the Principal.

(c) High School Curriculum Leader appointments will be for two year terms.

(d) Teachers appointed as District Curriculum Leaders shall be provided with an allowance of $2,940.00

5.3   If an allowance is to be paid to a teacher appointed to a classification which appropriately belongs within the bargaining unit, but is not provided for in the collective agreement, the amount of such allowance must be determined by negotiations with the Association prior to the appointment. The Board shall provide notification of any new classification to the Chair of the EPC and the Coordinator of Teacher Welfare.

5.4   Internal Secondments

Teachers appointed to seconded positions within the district shall be paid their annual salary and any applicable allowance(s), as if they had retained their previous position, throughout the duration of the secondment. However, if an individual is seconded to a position for which the remuneration is higher than the individual’s salary as a teacher, the individual shall receive the higher salary.

5.5   On September 1st of each year, the allowances described in 5.1 and 5.2 shall be adjusted by the same percentages as applied in Clause 3.4.

6.0   INCREMENTS

6.1   Previous experience under continuing, probationary or temporary contract in public schools, separate schools, approved private schools, government approved Early Childhood Services programs, colleges and universities, and substitute teaching will be recognized for salary purposes. Verification of this experience or proof of applying for such verification shall be provided by the teacher within sixty (60) calendar days from the date of commencement of duties. If proof of experience is supplied within sixty (60) calendar days, the years of teacher education shall be paid retroactively. If proof of experience is not supplied within sixty (60) calendar days, salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following the receipt of such proof.

For the purposes of establishing a teacher’s initial placement on the salary scale at the point of hire, previous experience earned through substitute teaching with a jurisdiction in Alberta will be recognized for any teachers hired on or after September 1, 2014. This clause shall not be applied retroactively and therefore teachers hired prior to September 1, 2014 shall not have the previous experience reconsidered as a result of this provision.

6.2   Teachers who teach for only part of a school year(s) must accumulate at least the equivalent of one hundred sixty (160) full time equivalent days of teaching service in order to become eligible for an increment.

6.3   Substitute teachers shall be eligible for salary experience increments after the accumulation of one hundred and sixty (160) full time equivalent days of substitute teaching and/or contract teaching with the Red Deer Public School District No. 104.

6.4   The adjustment dates for changes in salaries due to additional increment entitlement shall be the opening day of the school year or the first of February of each school year.

7.0   LONG SERVICE INCREMENT

7.1   After twenty (20) years of continuous service with the Red Deer Public School District No. 104, a teacher shall receive a long-service increment of one hundred ($100) dollars in addition to his annual salary, and for every period of five (5) years thereafter, an additional increment of one hundred ($100) dollars.

7.2   For the purposes of this section, service with the Armed Forces, in a time of national emergency, providing that the teacher in question was employed by the Red Deer Public School District No. 104 prior to enlistment, shall be considered as equivalent to service with the Red Deer Public School District No. 104.

7.3   Teachers hired subsequent to January 1, 1974, shall not be eligible for long service increments provided under this clause.

8.0   EVALUATION OF PROFESSIONAL TRAINING

8.1   The evaluation of teacher education for salary purposes shall be determined by a statement of qualifications issued by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Qualifications Service in accordance with the policies and principles approved by the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board established by Memorandum of Agreement among the Department of Education, the Alberta Teachers’ Association and the Alberta School Trustees’ Association dated March 23, 1967.

8.2   The adjustment dates for changes in salary relating to years of teacher education shall be the commencement of the school year and February 1st of each year.

8.3   Each teacher claiming additional year(s) of teacher education and each teacher commencing employment with the Board, shall supply the board within sixty (60) calendar days of the above-mentioned dates or from the date of commencement of duties, a statement of qualifications or proof of application to be issued by the Teacher Qualifications Service. 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/her teaching certificate.

If proof of application for the statement of qualifications is supplied within sixty (60) calendar days, the years of teacher education shall be paid retroactively according to Clause 8.2 and upon receipt of an official statement from Teacher Qualifications Service.

If proof of application for the statement of qualifications is not supplied within sixty (60) calendar days, salary shall be adjusted effective the beginning of the month following the receipt of a statement of qualifications from the Teacher Qualifications Service.

9.0   SPECIAL PLACEMENT

9.1   The Board shall place a teacher at any step within the salary table, provided that:

(a) this original placement is justified on the basis of approved trades training and experience in business, trade or industry;

(b) a teacher who holds one or more Alberta Journeyman’s Certificates or the equivalent related to the teaching assignment, shall be granted one (1) year in teacher education on the basis of such trades qualifications in addition to actual teacher education as per Teacher Qualifications Service;

(c) advancement after original placement will be on the basis of teacher education under Clause 8 and teacher experience under Clause 6.

9.2   The original placement on the salary table shall be subject the grievance procedure in article 16. Notwithstanding Clause 16.2, a grievance under this article shall be brought forth within two years from the original placement.

10.0   PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT LEAVE

10.1 (a) A teacher who has taught in the school system for a minimum of five (5) years may be granted a leave for professional improvement.

(b) Application for leave shall be presented to the Superintendent of Schools not later than April 1st.

Each application for leave shall be considered on its own merits by the Board and the applicant must be notified of the Board’s decision within thirty (30) days after the deadline for receipt of applications.

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

(d) A teacher having been granted leave shall spend his/her time in the improvement of his/her professional standing by studying at a recognized learning institution. Application for leave shall be accompanied by a clear statement of the teacher’s purpose.

(e) In lieu of regular salary a teacher, while on a professional improvement leave, shall be granted a bursary as follows:

(i) Fifty percent (50%) of the dollar amount in article 10.1(g) for a full year leave with arrangement for payment to be determined by the Applicant and Associate Superintendent, Human Resources, effective September 1, each year.

(ii) Twenty five percent (25%) of the dollar amount in article 10.1(g) for a leave of one (1) semester with arrangement for payment to be determined by the Applicant and Associate Superintendent, Human Resources, effective September 1, each year.

(iii) Alberta Health Care Insurance and ASEBP coverage will remain in effect during the leave.

(f) A teacher who is granted leave shall agree in writing to serve the Board for a period of not less than one (1) year for each semester taken.

(g) The Board shall commit an amount of eighty eight thousand five hundred and eighty ($88,580) dollars annually for such leaves.

(h) The Board shall approve all applications meeting the requirements to the maximum amounts outlined in Clause 10.1(g).

(i) The Board will set aside a fund of forty five thousand dollars ($45,000) per school year for implementation of a subsidy program for teachers of the Red Deer Public School District who are currently on Continuing Contracts. The Board will pay seventy five percent (75%) of expenses incurred for tuition fees to a teacher who successfully completes an approved trades, undergraduate or graduate/post secondary course. Approvals must be made prior to the commencement of the course work and will be made by the Deputy Superintendent in consultation with the Associate Superintendent-Human Resources and the PD chairperson of the Local ATA No. 60 or designate chosen by the PD Committee. If the demand for the subsidy is greater than the allocated fund amount in any given year, the successful applicants will receive an equal percentage per completed course. The Deputy Superintendent, in consultation with the Associate Superintendent-Human Resources and the PD Chairperson of the Local ATA No. 60, or designate chosen by the PD Committee will reserve the right to provide a maximum allocation to any individual teacher. Effective September 1, 2014, the Board will increase their contribution to fifty thousand dollars ($50,000) per school year.

(j) Should there be a shortage of applicants requesting the available funds as outlined in 10.1(g), the unexpended funds shall be divided between Clause 14 and the Board’s general account on the following basis:

The first fifteen thousand dollars ($15 000) to Clause 14 with any remaining funding divided equally with a maximum allocation of $29 500 dollars to Clause 14 in any school year.

11.0   LEAVES OF ABSENCE

The following definitions shall apply for the purposes of this clause:

School Year

The school year approved by the Board of Trustees of the Red Deer Public School District No. 104.

Near Relative

Parent, spouse, sibling, child, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, mother-in-law,father-in-law, grandparent, grandchild, brother-in-law, sister-in-law.

 

11.1   Leaves of Absence with Full Salary and Benefits

A teacher shall apply to the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources for and receive a personal leave of absence subject to the following conditions:

(a) In any one school year, not more than five (5) days for the death of each near relative. However, when the funeral is to be held more than four hundred (400) kilometers from Red Deer, then six (6) days shall be granted for each near relative.

(b) In any one school year, not more than three (3) days for the critical illness of each near relative.

(c) In any one school year, not more than one (1) day for attendance at the funeral of each close friend, aunt, uncle, first cousin, niece, nephew, and any other relative who was a member of the teacher’s household at the time of death. However, when a funeral is to be held more than four hundred (400) kilometers from Red Deer, then one additional day shall be granted.

(d) Attendance at the teacher’s university convocation exercise, one (1) day.

(e) For the purpose of the teacher adopting a child, two (2) days.

(f) Paternity leave, which must be taken within ten (10) days of the birth, two (2) days.

(g) For the purpose of acting in any official capacity at a funeral, one (1) day.

(h) For the purpose of obtaining citizenship papers, one (1) day.

(i) Notwithstanding any of the above, in special situations the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources, may at his/her discretion, extend a leave.

(j) For the purpose of attending the Grade 12 graduation or post secondary convocation of a spouse or child, one (1) day.

(k) For the purpose of attending to the non-routine medical concerns of children, a parent or spouse, one (1) day per year; effective September 1, 2015, two (2) days per year. The absence may be verified by a medical certificate.

(l) (i) For the purpose of attending to personal concerns, one (1) day per year. This day cannot be accessed to extend a vacation period associated with any of the following: Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Christmas, Family Day, Spring Break (if applicable), Easter, or Victoria Day. Furthermore, this leave will not be provided on the day of a scheduled school or district based professional day or staff meeting. Approval will also be based on the availability of substitute teachers.  Days may be accumulated to a maximum of two (2) days in any given year.  Unused days may be carried forward for a maximum of one year.

(ii) Effective September 1, 2014, Clause 11.1(l)(i) shall be replaced by the following:

For the purpose of attending to personal concerns, two (2) days per year. Only teachers who are on contract for a minimum of one half of the school year shall be entitled to such leave. These days cannot be accessed to extend a vacation period associated with any of the following: Labour Day, Thanksgiving, Remembrance Day, Christmas, Family Day, Spring Break (if applicable), Easter, or Victoria Day. Approval will also be based on the availability of substitute teachers.

(iii) Unused days accumulated under Clause 11.1(l)(i) will be forfeited unless used by June 30, 2015.

(m) For the purpose of jury selection or jury duty, or when subpoenaed to appear in court as a witness. Any witness fee or jury stipend received by the employee shall be remitted to the Board.

11.2   Leaves of Absence less the cost of a substitute (whether substitute is required or not). A teacher shall    apply to the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources for and receive a personal leave of absence    subject to the following conditions:

(a) In any school year, to attend to a parent, spouse, or child who is critically ill for a time period which exceeds (3) days.

(b) In any school year to care for each family member who is seriously ill. Length of time to be determined by the teacher and the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources.

(c) In any one school year, the teacher shall be granted no more than two (2) days to attend to a near relative.

(d) To attend a function or conference of an organization in which the teacher holds an executive office.

(e) To attend a special function, such as a wedding or an important anniversary.

(f) For the purpose of writing university examinations, two (2) days.

(g) To attend an event at which the teacher is being given special recognition for personal accomplishments.

(h) To participate in a competition beyond the local level in which he/she is representing the community or zone.

(i) In any one school year to campaign for an elected provincial or federal office – not more than twenty (20) working days. The teacher will be responsible for the actual cost of the substitute teacher.

(j) To campaign for local political office, not more than three (3) days.

(k) In any school year for filling a political office, other than mayor, such special leave on a day-to-day basis not to exceed twelve (12) days. The teacher will be responsible for the actual cost of the substitute teacher.

(l) Any other reason that has been approved by the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources.

(m) Notwithstanding any of the above, in special situations, the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources may, at his/her discretion, extend a leave.

(n) For the purpose of serving on Alberta Teachers’ Association committees. Provided however, if the Association pays for the cost of the substitute, this leave shall be without loss of salary to the teacher.

(o) For the purpose of providing consulting services to other Districts or Agencies, a maximum of five (5) days. Requests for release time for consulting services are to be forwarded to the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources for approval. If a substitute teacher is required during the employee’s absence, it is the employee’s responsibility to make the necessary arrangement through the normal channels.

(p) Personal leave for not more than two (2) days in any school year shall be granted for attending to private concerns, subject to availability of substitute teachers. When possible, unless constrained by emergency, at least five (5) days notice shall be given to the school and Associate Superintendent, Human Resources.

11.3   Leaves of Absence with Loss of Salary and Employer Contributions to Benefits

After one (1) year of service a teacher may apply to the Board for Leave:

(a) For filling an elected provincial or federal office.

(b) For the purposes of adopting a child, extending beyond the two days referenced in Clause 11.1(e).

(c) For other reasons acceptable to the Board.

(d) At the request of the teacher, the Board shall allow the teacher to participate in the Benefits package he/she was participating in at the time of the leave. This cost shall be the sole responsibility of the teacher.

(e) Such leave, if granted by the Board, shall be limited to three percent (3%) of the staff at any one time. It shall not be credited as experience for increment purposes except when there is an exchange of positions that qualifies the teacher for an increment under Clause 6.0. The teacher shall be entitled to a position on staff on his or her return and the Board will attempt to place the person in a comparable position at the level which he or she left.

11.4   Maternity Leave

(a) A teacher, upon providing the Board at least six (6) weeks notice in writing, shall be entitled to a maternity/parental leave of absence without pay or benefits for a period of up to fifty-two (52) weeks. Such notice shall be accompanied by a medical statement certifying that the teacher is pregnant and giving the estimated date of birth of the child.

(b) Teachers seeking health related benefits during a maternity leave must provide the Board with a medical statement from a qualified medical practitioner.

(c) The Board shall implement and maintain a 100% Supplementary Employment Benefits Plan for any health related period effective the date of birth of her child. Medical statement for the health related period shall be provided as specified in Clause 11.4(b).

(d) Prior to or during a maternity leave, upon application to the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources, a teacher may be granted a general leave of absence without pay or benefits for such period that is mutually agreed to by the employee and the Associate Superintendent, Human Resources.

(e) Upon expiration of the leave, the teacher shall be reinstated in the position she occupied at the time the maternity leave commenced, or be provided with alternative work of a comparable nature.

12.0   SICK LEAVE

12.1   In the first year of service with the Board, a teacher shall be credited with twenty (20) days of sick leave at the beginning of the school year.

12.2   In the event that during the first year of service:

(a) a teacher has insufficient sick leave to provide full salary and benefits during the qualifying period for ASEBP Extended Disability Benefits, and

(b) the teacher is accepted by the insurance carrier as an Extended Disability claimant,

the Board shall pay the salary and benefits of the teacher for the period of insufficient sick leave to a maximum of ninety (90) calendar days once the teacher is accepted by the insurance carrier as an Extended Disability claimant and receives the first Extended Disability payment.

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

12.4   A teacher who has more than one (1) year of service and has been absent due to medical disability shall, upon return to full-time duty, be entitled to sick leave benefit of ninety (90) calendar days.

12.5   Notwithstanding Clause 12.4, a teacher upon returning to work from a period of sick leave of less than ninety (90) consecutive calendar days thereafter will, if that teacher does not take any sick leave during the first ten (10) consecutive school days following return to work, have his/her sick leave entitlement reinstated to ninety (90) consecutive calendar days. If sick leave is taken for the same illness during the first ten (10) consecutive school days following return to work, sick leave shall only be available to the extent of the unused portion of the initially available ninety (90) consecutive calendar days.

12.6   When a teacher has been on sick leave for a period over forty-five (45) calendar days and wishes to return to work, the teacher may be required by the employer to provide medical evidence, satisfactory to the employer, stating that the teacher is fit to perform all regular duties on a full-time continuous basis.

12.7   Before any payment is made under the foregoing regulations, the teacher shall, if requested by the Board, provide:

(a) A declaration where the absence is for a period of three (3) days or less. This declaration shall be submitted within fifteen (15) days of return to work or on June 30th, whichever is sooner.

(b) A medical statement signed by a qualified medical or dental practitioner where the absence is for a period of more than three (3) days. This medical statement shall be submitted within fifteen (15) days of return to work or on June 30th, whichever is sooner.

(c) A further medical statement at the end of each month for the duration of the disability when the disability extends for a period of over one (1) month.

(d) Non-compliance shall result in loss of salary for days absent.

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

13.0   GROUP HEALTH AND INSURANCE PLANS

13.1   It is agreed participation in Plan D of the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan and Insurance Schedule II shall be a condition of employment. On behalf of all teachers enrolled in the Plan, the Board shall pay the monthly premium.

13.2   Where a retired teacher is employed on a contract by the Board and therefore ineligible for regular group benefits with the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, the Board agrees to pay the same premium contributions to the teacher as provided in article 13.

13.3   The Board shall pay the monthly premium for Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan, Extended Health Care Plan 1, on behalf of all teachers enrolled in the plan.

13.4   The Board shall pay the monthly premium for all teachers enrolled in ASEBP Dental Plan III. It is agreed participation in ASEBP Dental Plan III shall be a condition of employment for all teachers commencing employment on or after August 30, 1982, except where teachers are receiving coverage under a spouse’s dental plan.

13.5   Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan Vision Care

The Board shall pay one hundred percent (100%) of the monthly premium for Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan Vision Care Plan 3 on behalf of all teachers enrolled in the plan.

13.6   The Board shall pay the premium on behalf of a member of a teacher’s immediate family and/or those declared as dependents as described by the policy of the current benefit provider of the Board.

13.7 (a) Effective September 1, 2013, the Board will contribute one thousand, one hundred and fifty two dollars ($1,152) per year on behalf of each eligible teacher to the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan Health Spending Account.

(b) The Board shall enroll in the annual payment program. Teachers eligible to receive benefits must be in the employ of the District by October 31, each year, in order to participate in this Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan HSA program (ASEBP requirement.) Teachers who sign on with the District from November 1 to June 30 of any year will receive a monthly stipend of twenty dollars ($20.00) per month (taxable) in lieu of their participation in the Health Spending Account Plan. These teachers will be eligible to participate in the HSA Plan effective September 1, the following year, providing they have a signed contract with the District.

(c) Teachers who have a signed contract with the District prior to November 1, in a given year, but who also have an end date of February 28, or earlier that same school year, will receive a pro rated amount based on the number of months of service. Otherwise the full amount will be available, subject to the conditions outlined in the HSA Guidelines published by the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan.

(d) Effective September 1, 2014, Clauses 13.7 (b) and (c) shall cease to be in effect and shall be replaced by the following:

The Health Spending Account will be administered by ASEBP as per HSA plan 1 and as allowed by Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) rules for the benefit of that teacher and his/her dependents(s). The unused balance will be carried forward to the extent permitted by the CRA. Teachers leaving the employ of the Board for any reason will forfeit any remaining balance.

13.8   It is understood that payment of premiums of the aforementioned benefit plans shall permit the Board to retain and not pass on to teachers any rebate or premiums otherwise required under Employment Insurance Regulations.

14.0   CONFERENCES, WORKSHOPS AND SEMINARS

14.1   The Board shall establish a fund to be distributed to Local #60 of the Alberta Teachers' Association. The funds shall be made available in two (2) equal installments, paid on September 1 and February 1 of each school year.

(a) A teacher may use funds to support costs incurred in professional development activities or for resources related to an individual professional growth plan, including but not limited to: courses, workshops or conferences, online courses, books, interschool visitation, collaboration or practical research or any other professional development activities which the teacher believes meet a professional growth need. This money may not be used for the purchase of teaching resources, electronic devices, or capital items.

(b) Local #60 shall be responsible for establishing the guidelines for administration of the fund established by this Clause.

(c) The amount to be allocated to this fund shall be:  

September 1, 2012 - $285,000

September 1, 2013 - $285,000

September 1, 2014 - $297,250

September 1, 2015 - $297,250

(d) The Clause shall apply to all members of the certified instructional staff, except the Superintendent, Deputy Superintendent, Associate Superintendents, and Assistant Superintendents, and Director of Community Relations.  

(e) An annual accounting of monies distributed through the fund shall be sent to the Associate Superintendent, Business Services for information.

15.0   COORDINATING COMMITTEE

15.1   There shall be established a Teacher-Board Coordinating Committee consisting of the following membership:

- four (4) teachers employed by the Red Deer Public School District No. 104

- two (2) Trustees

- the Superintendent of Schools, Deputy Superintendent, and Associate Superintendent, Human Resources

The Associate Superintendent, Business Services shall be the recording secretary. It is agreed that changes in the Policy Handbook and other issues and priorities shall be referred to the Coordinating Committee.

Areas not to be referred are:

(a) School Board governance and operations

(b) Personnel policies and regulations relative to non-ATA staff

16.0   GRIEVANCE PROCEDURE

16.1   Any difference between any employee covered by this agreement and the Board, or in a proper case between Local No. 60 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.

16.2   Such difference (hereinafter called a grievance) shall be submitted in writing to the chairman of the Board and to the Economic Policy Committee (EPC) Chair and Coordinator of Teacher Welfare of the Association. Such written submission shall be made within thirty (30) days from the date of the incident giving rise to the grievance or from the date the grievor reasonably became aware of the incident giving rise to the grievance.

16.3   Such grievance shall set out the nature of the grievance, the articles of this agreement which it is alleged have been violated, and the remedy sought.

16.4   Within twenty (20) days of receiving the documentation referred to in Clause 16.2 a Grievance Committee consisting of two (2) members of the Local and two (2) Trustees must convene and hear the grievance. A quorum of this committee shall consist of all members. Each member of the committee shall be entitled to vote.

16.5   Within ten (10) days of first hearing the grievance, the Grievance Committee must render a decision. If the decision is unanimous, it shall be final and binding on the parties and upon any employee affected by it.

16.6   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, request that the matter be dealt with in accordance with the Labour Relations Code. Such notice must be given within ten (10) days after the date on which the aforesaid ten (10) day limit expires, or the date the grievance committee is unable to arrive at a unanimous or any decision, whichever is the shorter.

16.7   All of the aforesaid time limits referred to in the grievance procedure shall apply to operational school days only.

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

17.0   CANADA SAVINGS BOND PROGRAM

17.1   The Board shall make available to teachers a Canada Savings Bond program through payroll deduction.

18.0   DISTRICT PSYCHOLOGIST

District Psychologists within the scope of the collective agreement will have vacation entitlements determined by the vacation schedule contained in the classified staff handbook.

Letter of Understanding (Central Services Positions)