Maternity, Parental, Adoptive Leave Seminar

Posted on September 27, 2017

MATERNITY, PARENTAL, ADOPTIVE LEAVE SEMINAR  FOR MEMBERS OF THE WINNIPEG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION Information will be shared on EI benefits, sick leave and SUB Plan Benefits 5:00 PM, October 16, 2017 Location: McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street Facilitator: Nancy Kerr,…

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Substitute Teachers General Meeting

Posted on September 27, 2017

NOTICE OF SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS GENERAL MEETING  October 4, 2017      4:30-7:00 P.M. Location: McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street The purpose of the meeting is to: provide information about the WTA provided information about substitute contributions to the teacher pension plan…

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MTS MyProfile

Posted on September 21, 2017

Did you know that there is a member’s only section on the MTS website? mbteach.org is full of information for teachers in Manitoba including updates to political issues facing members, PD opportunities, and more!  Many SAGE groups have online registration through MyProfile,…

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Greetings from your new Vice President

Posted on September 8, 2017

Greetings Teachers. I am writing this while still basking in the glow of Summer Break while looking ahead to a new school year.  I have enjoyed fun times with my family, adventures, with my kids, and shared some laughs with…

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WTA Distinguished Services Awards Ceremony

Posted on May 16, 2017

WTA members are cordially invited to join previous Distinguished Service Award recipients, the WTA Executive, WTA Council Representatives, friends and colleagues at a DSA reception on Thursday, June 8, 2017, at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Crescent. The reception will be…

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Staffing Process Changes – Spring 2017

Posted on May 12, 2017

Recently, you may have heard of the changes the Winnipeg School Division (WSD) has made to the staffing process.  Permanently contracted teachers will continue to apply for career opportunities though the Annual Staffing Process which will begin on: May 11,…

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Myers Labour Conference: Executive Report

Posted on May 5, 2017

Myers Labour Conference Winnipeg Manitoba / Victoria Inn March 16-17, 2017 Executive Report David Najduch The conference has become an annual gathering of approximately 400 “unions members” who work representing a broad range of employees across the province. Over the…

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WTA Retirement Reception

Posted on May 4, 2017

Retiring WTA members are invited to celebrate their retirement with friends and colleagues. Thursday, June 8, 2017 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue 561 Wellington Crescent Doors open at 6:00 PM, ceremonies start at 6:30 PM. $10 in advance at www.eventbrite.com,…

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WTA Executive 2017/18 – Election Results

Posted on May 1, 2017

Table Officers President – Kristin Insull Vice President – Michelle Wolfe Treasurer – Gregg Walker (Kelvin) Secretary – Kristen Fallis (Inkster) Past President – Nathan Martindale (TBD) Members-at-Large Michelle Bradley (Argyle) Rui Carvalho (Gordon Bell) Kristy Frohwerk (Lord Nelson) David…

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WSD Staffing Timelines – 2016/17

Posted on April 25, 2017

Please note the timelines for the Staffing Process 2017/18: Thursday, May 11, 2017                                    Bulletin #1 in schools Monday, May 15, 2017            4:00 PM          Deadline for applications for Bulletin #1 Monday, May 29, 2017                                    Bulletin #2 in schools Wednesday, May 31,…

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WTA Night Out!

Posted on April 24, 2017

WTA Night Out Friday May 12th 7:00 p.m.- 12:00 a.m. TYC Event Centre, Canad Inns Polo Park Tickets $10 each, contact the WTA Office . DJ ALL NIGHT LONG POUTINE BAR AND MORE! This is an open event, bring a…

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2017-2018 WTA Executive Election

Posted on April 4, 2017

The following members of The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association have accepted nominations for positions on the WTA Executive as indicated below: President Kristin Insull, WTA Office (acclaimed) Vice-President * David Harack, Tec Voc Michelle Wolfe, Lord Nelson Treasurer Gregg Walker, Kelvin…

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Manulife Extended Health Care rate increase effective March 1, 2017

Posted on March 1, 2017

The Winnipeg Teachers Association provides our membership with comprehensive health and dental benefits, to help keep our members and their families healthy and financially secure. Each year, our Health and Dental plans are renewed, and we undertake a full analysis…

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A Social to be Social!

Posted on February 22, 2017

Friday May 12, 2017 TYC Event Centre The WTA Reception committee has planned another amazing social event! A social to be social provides members the opportunity to catch up with other members, dance the night away, and of course the…

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Consider standing for election to the WTA Executive

Posted on February 14, 2017

The role of a member of the Executive is an interesting one. It is both stimulating, eye opening and rewarding.  It takes a person who is interested in learning more about the rights, responsibilities and working conditions of our colleagues. …

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Delegate Draw for AGM

Posted on February 2, 2017

The MTS AGM will take place May 25, 26 and 27, 2017.  The WTA is holding a draw for 30 members to join our delegation.  Application forms are available from Council Representatives or fill out this online form.  For more information,…

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Substitute Teachers General Meeting

Posted on February 2, 2017

February 9, 2017 4:30-6:30 P.M. Location:   McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street  The purpose of the meeting is to: provide information about the WTA, collect feedback regarding AESOP, and respond to questions. At the outset of the meeting a hot…

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Are you a rock star?

Posted on February 1, 2017

The WTA Reception committee is looking for a live band for our social event at the TYC on Friday May.12th. Last year, we had the amazing “Teacher Feature Featuring Teachers” band provide a rocking evening with two performances. We are…

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MTS Workload Survey – You Count!

Posted on January 27, 2017

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Wings and Sings!

Posted on January 24, 2017

Karaoke evening Silver Heights Restaurant Wednesday March.1, 2017 5:00-8:00 p.m. Snacks provided Email Kristen Fallis if attending

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WINNIPEG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD AND HONOURARY DISTINGUISHED SERVICE AWARD

Posted on January 20, 2017

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Distinguished Service Award and the Honourary Distinguished Service Award, recognize major involvement and contributions by members and non-members to the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association. WTA members may apply to the Distinguished Service Award Committee to nominate individuals…

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Maternity Paternal Adoptive Leave Seminar

Posted on January 18, 2017

WTA Members are invited to attend a seminar on Maternity Parental and Adoptive leave. Information will be shared on EI benefits, sick leave and SUB Plan Benefits. Time and date:  5:00 PM, February 8, 2017 Location: McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street…

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Mid Career Seminar

Posted on January 18, 2017

4:30 p.m. on February 22, 2017. Location:  McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street Presentations on: WSD extended health care and dental group plans MTS life insurance and supplementary income benefits plan Teachers’ Retirement Allowances Plan personal financial planning reducing taxes…

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Your Manulife Drug Plan:  What’s Covered, What Isn’t

Posted on December 21, 2016

Some of the most common questions heard in the WTA office are about drug plan coverage. Why was my claim denied? What drugs are covered and what aren’t? What does Part Three mean? Why didn’t the Bombers just go for…

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Education Law Association Conference

Posted on December 21, 2016

Education Law Association Conference Nov.2-6 Orlando, Florida 2016 In attending my first conference representing the WTA, I was both nervous and anxious being in a room with mostly lawyers, administrators, and superintendents from across America and knowing very little about…

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Got stress? Get help here!

Posted on December 5, 2016

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association is pleased to be able to offer Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction, an 8-week course, to 25 of its members, starting in January 2017. The 25 spots will be randomly drawn from names received by January 16…

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“Mommy, why do you go to so many meetings?” 

Posted on October 11, 2016

Last spring, my daughter asked me, “Mommy, why do you go to so many meetings?  You are not at home with us!”  It was a very difficult question to answer, and after a moment of consideration, I told them that…

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WTA Executive Members talk about their most influential teacher

Posted on October 5, 2016

WTA President, Nathan Martindale: The teacher who most influenced me was Taras Chubey, my grade 5/6 teacher in the English Ukrainian Bilingual Program at Ralph Brown School in Winnipeg. He expected us to try our best, finish our work and…

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Maternity, Parental, Adoptive Leave Seminar

Posted on September 22, 2016

MATERNITY, PARENTAL, ADOPTIVE LEAVE SEMINAR FOR MEMBERS OF THE WINNIPEG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION Information will be shared on EI benefits, sick leave and SUB Plan Benefits. 5:00 p.m. October 18, 2016 Location: McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street Facilitator: Nancy Kerr,…

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Welcome back!

Posted on September 6, 2016

We hope that you had an opportunity to recharge in preparation for the 2016/17 school year! Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact the WTA Office at (204)831-7104. If you prefer email, you can contact…

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MTS AGM Reflections

Posted on June 10, 2016

On May 26, 27, and 28, 53 Winnipeg Teachers’ Association delegates and alternates attended the Manitoba Teacher’s Society’s Annual General meeting. Delegates received reports from various MTS committees and TRAF. They listened to inspiring addresses from the Society President Norm…

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Teacher of Tomorrow Scholarship Applications DUE!

Posted on May 28, 2016

The WTA has a $4000 scholarship available for an unmarried, dependent child under the age of 25 (whether that child be step, natural, foster or for whom the member is legally responsible), who is enrolled, or has been accepted to,…

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Mel Myers Labour Conference March 17-18, 2019

Posted on May 24, 2016

Report submitted by David Najduch The Conference is in its 16th year and brings together lawyers, presenters and union members from across a wide spectrum. The two-day session is an excellent opportunity to here about the latest trends related to…

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WTA Retirement Reception June 9 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue

Posted on May 6, 2016

Retiring WTA members are invited to celebrate their retirement with friends and colleagues. Thursday, June 9, 2016 at the Shaarey Zedek Synagogue, 561 Wellington Crescent Doors open at 6:00 PM, ceremonies start at 7:00 PM. $10 in advance at www.eventbrite.com,…

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WSD Surplus Declaration Process

Posted on April 25, 2016

The WSD has made some changes to the surplus declaration process. Teachers who are being declared surplus will be informed before the first staffing bulletin. Human Resources Officers will attend the meetings with principals when a teacher is declared surplus.…

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We need you!

Posted on April 25, 2016

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association is now seeking volunteers to serve on Association Committees for the 2016/17 school year. The sign up form can be accessed here. Deadline is May 24th, 2016.

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WTA’s 50th Anniversary Celebration

Posted on April 21, 2016

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association will be celebrating its 50th Anniversary on Friday, May 13, 2016. Join us for a variety of entertainment including a live band, DJ and photo booth. We’ll be serving great food including a poutine bar, carvery station, hot and cold appetizers and…

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Winnipeg Teachers’ Association dominates provincial curling…sort of…

Posted on April 6, 2016

Curling , is it just ice , brooms, and rocks ? Is it a by product of cold climate and the enjoyment of colder beverages ? Is it chess on ice requiring superior analytic abilities ? Yes, it is all…

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WTA Workshop – Open to all members!

Posted on April 4, 2016

WORKSHOP FOR WTA MEMBERS  APRIL 29, 2016  9:00 AM – 3:30 PM  Location:     Auditorium, McMaster House, 191 Harcourt Street Lunch provided Morning:      Understanding your collective agreement Afternoon:   Having Conversations Enhancing the knowledge and skills of teachers to have purposeful…

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Notice of General Substitute Teachers’ Meeting

Posted on April 4, 2016

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2016/17 Staffing Information – UPDATED

Posted on March 21, 2016

The following is an update version of the staffing article provided in the WTA newsletter on a yearly basis. The dates and times listed below are provided by the WSD and reflect the staffing process over the coming months. WSD…

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Determining carryover of personal leave days

Posted on March 16, 2016

Please be advised that the determination is not so easily illustrated in a flowchart if you are working less than 1.0 FTE, or are on a term contract.  To determine your entitlement, contact Payroll at the Winnipeg School Division.  The…

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Tracking your personal leave days

Posted on March 10, 2016

The newly ratified 2014-2018 Collective Agreement includes the provision of a second personal leave day per year at no cost.  The entitlement to personal leave days is pro-rated, so if you are working less than 1.0 FTE, you may wish…

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Attention Council Reps! Request a site visit today!

Posted on March 3, 2016

*New* under the Services tab, you will find a form to request a site visit.  We will endeavour to list dates that are currently available, and Council Reps are welcome to request either one of those dates, or an alternate…

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Short Term Disability FAQ

Posted on March 2, 2016

Please be advised that the membership has voted to join the MTS Short Term Disability Plan. A short FAQ is available under the Member Resources tab.

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Get involved!

Posted on February 19, 2016

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WTA EXECUTIVE ELECTION

Posted on February 12, 2016

The role of a member of the Executive is an interesting one. It is both eye opening and rewarding.  It takes a person who is interested in learning more about the rights, responsibilities and working conditions of our colleagues.  It…

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MTS AGM Delegate Draw

Posted on February 11, 2016

The delegate draw for AGM 206 will be held at the February Council Meeting.  As per Council Policy, Council Reps and Alternates will be given priority, however all members are welcome to submit their name.   Information about the MTS…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 02/03/2016

Posted on February 3, 2016

It’s the middle of the week.  You’re tired of marking, prepping and filling out endless streams of paperwork. You look at the sad lunch you threw together this morning, with its wilted lettuce, browning avocado and questionably safe deli turkey.…

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WTA Maternity, Parental, Adoptive Leave Seminar

Posted on February 2, 2016

WTA members are invited to a Maternity, Parental, Adoptive Leave Seminar! We will be sharing information on the EI benefits, sick leave and SUB Plan Benefits for upcoming maternity, parental and adoptive leaves. The seminar will be at 5:00 pm on…

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2016 Retirement Reception

Posted on February 1, 2016

Mark your calendars! June 9, 2016 is the 2016 Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Retirement Reception! Stay tuned for more information.

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MTS Young Humanitarian Awards 2016

Posted on January 29, 2016

 

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Fit Friday – 01/29/2016 – Canadian Physical Activity Guidelines

Posted on January 29, 2016

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20% discount to WSD employees on cell phone plans and features

Posted on January 29, 2016

MTS (the telecommunications company) provides a 20% discount to WSD employees on cell phone plans and features. To access the discount, visit the MTS Connect Store and be prepared to present your employee identification and to share information on your…

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Rates and Improvements to WSD Group Benefits plans

Posted on January 29, 2016

The WTA Group Benefits Committee made a number of improvements to the WSD group benefits plan. Premiums for the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan were retained in 2016 at 1.35% of payroll. These rates are unchanged from last year.  Effective January…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 01/26/2016

Posted on January 27, 2016

Bulgur wheat – dried, cracked wheat.  Delicious.  A simple salad to keep your high energy lessons on track. 1 1/2 cups bulgur wheat 1 1/4 cup swater 1/4  fresh lemon juice 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1 teaspoon ground…

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MID-CAREER SEMINAR

Posted on January 22, 2016

MID-CAREER SEMINAR FOR MEMBERS OF THE WINNIPEG TEACHERS’ ASSOCIATION 4:30 p.m. April 4, 2016 Winnipeg Winter Club, 200 River Avenue Presentations on: WSD extended health care and group dental plans MTS life insurance and supplementary income benefits plan Teachers’ Retirement…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 01/20/2016

Posted on January 20, 2016

This salad is packed with all sorts of nutritious and tasty things.  It is also aesthetically pleasing to look at! If your dressing thickens up too much by lunch time, just add a little bit of water and shake really…

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SAFE Work Manitoba Bulletin 164: Personal Protective Equipment in Schools

Posted on January 18, 2016

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Are you interested in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction?

Posted on January 16, 2016

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association, in conjunction with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society Balance Program, will be offering an eight week course in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction. There will be a one hour orientation on Thursday, February 11, with the full course…

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Province announces new Winnipeg School Division school

Posted on January 16, 2016

The Manitoba government will build a new, dual-track kindergarten to Grade 8 school in the north Winnipeg Waterford Green development, and is providing an additional $3 million to hire more than 50 more teachers to support smaller class sizes, Premier…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 01/13/2016

Posted on January 13, 2016

This easy salad will remind you of sunnier, warmer days. Fresh flavours combine to make a refreshing bite to eat. Add in some fresh mozzarella to boost protein content. 1/2 large English cucumber 1/2 cup diced tomato or cherry tomatoes…

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MTS Curling Bonspiel

Posted on January 12, 2016

48th ANNUAL MANITOBA TEACHERS’ SOCIETY BONSPIEL March 4th – 6th 2016 Hosted by the Brandon Teachers’ Association Riverview Curling Club 420 Maryland Ave.  Brandon, MB ENTRY FEE: $200 per rink (Includes 4 dinner tickets).  Please make cheques payable to Brandon…

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Province Celebrates Role of Women School Trustees

Posted on January 12, 2016

January 12, 2016 PROVINCE CELEBRATES ROLE OF WOMEN SCHOOL TRUSTEES – – – Premier ‎Signs Proclamation as Part of Celebrations of 100th Anniversary of Women’s Right to Vote With the 100th anniversary of some women’s right to vote occurring on…

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New Elections Manitoba Mobile App

Posted on January 12, 2016

  January 11, 2016 ELECTIONS MANITOBA LAUNCHES MOBILE APP FOR 41ST GENERAL ELECTION:  MANITOBA VOTES 2016 Elections Manitoba has launched Manitoba Votes 2016, a new mobile app for the provincial general election, which is set for Tuesday, April 19, 2016.…

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Fit Friday – 01/08/2016 – Resolve to change your morning habits

Posted on January 8, 2016

How many times have you sloughed off comments about your morning demeanor, citing a lack of sleep, or genetic inability to function prior to noon?  Or, how many times have you justified “one more” episode of your current Netflix indulgence,…

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SAFE Work Manitoba Tips for Schools

Posted on January 6, 2016

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 1/6/2016

Posted on January 6, 2016

Ok, Ok. So, this isn’t what’s for lunch. Really, it’s what’s for breakfast…but you could eat it for lunch, too. It’s packed with protein, and takes little to no time to prepare. Lemon Raspberry Overnight Oats Yield: 1 serving 1/2…

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New Year, New EI and CPP Contributions

Posted on January 5, 2016

The start of a new year holds such promise. Enthusiasm for lifestyle changes, goal setting and planning optimistically for financial health. You’ve probably noticed in the past that your paycheques decrease (possibly dramatically, depending on your classification) come January. Two…

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WTA Negotiations Update

Posted on January 4, 2016

Please visit the Collective Bargaining Updates page for the most recent negotiations update.    

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Seeking nominations for the 2016 Distinguished Service Award

Posted on January 4, 2016

(pictured:  WTA President, Nathan Martindale, and 2015 Award Recipient Iyvan Michalchyshyn) Nominations close on February 15, 2016.  The form is to be completed and submitted to the WTA Office. Council Policy states: I. The awards shall be called the Distinguished…

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Happy holidays!

Posted on December 18, 2015

Have a wonderful break! See you in the new year! – Nathan and Kristin

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Casting Call for MTS TV Ad

Posted on December 18, 2015

In addition to the many talents you possess as a teacher, are you also an actor? Because we need to find the next member to feature in our upcoming Manitoba Teachers’ Society ad! In the past we’ve cast teachers in…

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Rumor’s Comedy Club Night!

Posted on December 17, 2015

Mark your calendars! February 16, 2016 with Sam Morril at Rumors Comedy Club. More information will be posted in the new year, or if the anticipation is too great, you can contact Paulette Krovats  right now! “There is nothing in the world so…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 12/16/2015

Posted on December 16, 2015

Sometimes, you just don’t have the time to cut up pounds of vegetables, grill your chicken or babysit your stovetop quinoa.  For those days, here’s a simple idea: When making egg salad, replace mayonnaise with mashed avocado! For best results,…

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So you want to be an MTS Annual General Meeting 2016 delegate…

Posted on December 14, 2015

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is where Provincial Executive members are elected, Society policy and bylaws are debated and discussed, budget and fees are set, and members from all over Manitoba have a chance to network and socialize Here is what you…

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Hang on! You’re nearly there!

Posted on December 14, 2015

Twas the week before winter break and all through the school The movies were playing, it was the half-day rule; The gold stars were hung by the doors with care, The chart was suppose to show, the students who cared;…

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Fit Friday – 12/11/2015 – Why is it important to exercise in winter?

Posted on December 11, 2015

It’s difficult to stay motivated and energetic as the days get shorter, the students get crazier, and expectations for hosting that big family dinner loom in the not-so-distant future.   It’s oh-so-tempting to stay wrapped up in those cozy flannel…

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Why Mindfulness is a Super Power!

Posted on December 11, 2015

The WTA, in conjunction with the Manitoba Teachers’ Society Wellness Program, will be hosting a Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction course. This course is open to all members of the WTA, and 25 participants will be selected by random draw. If…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 12/09/2015

Posted on December 9, 2015

Your mid-day meal should be satisfying and give you the energy to last the remainder of your day. Trying to corral small children into desks and have them learn meaningfully is like herding cats when you’re at the top of…

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MTS MyProfile – Please sign up!

Posted on December 7, 2015

The Manitoba Teachers’ Society is strongly encouraging all members to sign up for MyProfile. Benefits include participation in virtual town halls, registration for MTS events, and the receipt of the electronic version of the Manitoba Teacher magazine.  Your information is…

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Compassionate care leave

Posted on December 7, 2015

The WTA Collective Agreement contains a provision that states: The Compassionate Care Leave provisions of The Manitoba Employment Standards Code shall apply. Here’s a summary of what the Standards Code includes: Compassionate Care Leave provides employees the opportunity to assist…

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Province to close “mommy/parent gap” for public school teachers

Posted on December 3, 2015

Manitoba teachers’ leaves now on equal footing with Canadian counterparts Teachers in Manitoba will no longer take a hit in both pay and pension benefits to have children. The Manitoba government announced a change to the Education Administration Act today…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 12/02/2015

Posted on December 2, 2015

Pull that got-it-as-a-wedding-present-but-never-opened-the-box food processor out of the closet, dust it off, and put it to work on this salad. Don’t be daunted by the number of ingredients – it really does come together quite easily! Raw Cauliflower Salad INGREDIENTS…

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beneFIT Friday – 11/27/15 – Massage Therapy

Posted on November 27, 2015

Did you know that Manulife provides up to $850 per calendar year in massage therapy coverage for active WTA plan members?  Coverage is at 80%, up to a set maximum, and the service must be provided by a Registered Massage…

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The 411 on staff meetings

Posted on November 25, 2015

The information contained in this article does not cover all possible scenarios and situations that may arise.  It only reviews what exists in current documentation.  If you require assistance, contact the WTA Office directly. The Code of Rules, appended to…

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beneFIT Friday – 11/20/15 – Athletic Therapy

Posted on November 20, 2015

Athletic Therapy is the prevention, immediate care and rehabilitation of musculoskeletal injuries by a Certified Athletic Therapist. It involves the assessment of physical function, the treatment of dysfunction caused by pain and/or injury in order to develop, maintain and maximize…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 11/18/2015

Posted on November 18, 2015

This versatile salad can be made with orzo, or any other grain substitute, such as quinoa.  Add in some chicken for extra protein. Bonus:  it’s great cold or heated up! 1lb orzo pasta 1large cucumber, peeled and diced into large…

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NEW TEACHERS NEED TO CONFIRM THEIR EHC ENROLLMENT

Posted on November 15, 2015

Am I paying too much the Extended Health Care Plan? Participation in the Manulife Extended Health Care plan is mandatory for all WSD teachers.  When they are hired, the Division enrolls all new teachers in family status, unless the teacher informs the…

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Fit Friday – 11/13/2015 – Stop, Breathe & Think

Posted on November 13, 2015

Launched in 2014, Stop, Breathe & Think is a friendly, simple tool that guides people of all ages and backgrounds through meditations for mindfulness, kindness and compassion. The app is available for free on iOS, Android, and the web.

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AN IMPORTANT GROUP BENEFITS CONSIDERATION

Posted on November 12, 2015

When can I make an enrolment status change in my Manulife Extended Health Care Plan? Participation in the Extended Health Care plan is mandatory for all new employees. Benefits may only be waived with proof that you are covered for…

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Report card technology help!

Posted on November 10, 2015

It’s that time of year already…and we know that sometimes working with online systems can be frustrating. If you experience difficulty with the web-based report card system, please report your problem immediately via email to the Winnipeg School Division. This…

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Teacher Wellness Grants

Posted on November 10, 2015

Did you know that the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Teacher Welfare Committee provides funds to groups of WTA Members wishing to hold wellness events? Submission is via online form. For more information, contact Rui Carvalho or Sam Zurzolo .

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Fit Friday – 11/06/2015 – Discounts for MTS Members

Posted on November 6, 2015

Did you know that your MTS membership card entitles you to a variety of discounts? There are several fitness facilities in the city of Winnipeg that offer discounts and incentives to MTS members. Anytime Fitness – Valid at Linden Woods, Lorette,…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 11/04/15

Posted on November 4, 2015

Straight from the Island of Capri…it’s… Avocado Caprese Salad 2 cups fresh arugula ½ avocado, pitted and sliced 3 slices fresh mozzarella cheese fresh basil leaves 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil 1½ teaspoons balsamic vinegar generous pinch of sugar…

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Honouring Ray Stoyko, WTA President (2007)

Posted on November 3, 2015

Ray Stoyko was elected the President of The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association in April, 2007. Prior to his full-time involvement with The Association, Ray taught English and Drama at Kelvin High School. He had a passion for the classics—both in literature…

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WANTED: Feedback about assessment!

Posted on October 30, 2015

The WTA/WSD CAP committee was created during the last round of collective bargaining between the WTA and the WSD. The purpose of this committee is to provide a venue for the WTA President and Vice-President to meet with the Director…

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Fit Friday 10/30/2015 – 7 minute workout

Posted on October 30, 2015

What if I told you that you could get the benefit of a long run and a trip to the weight room in just 7 minutes?       Requiring only a chair and a wall, each exercise is to…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 10/28/15

Posted on October 28, 2015

What’s more fun than a barrel of monkeys or solving quadratic equations?  Spiralizing veggies! Rad Rainbow Raw Pad Thai This bowl is worth every bit of effort necessary to construct it.  You will be the envy of everyone in the…

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/kad(ə)ləst/ noun: catalyst; plural noun: catalysts

Posted on October 26, 2015

This workshop will assist in developing the skills of teacher leaders and aspiring and early service school leaders to initiate, facilitate and navigate change in educational contexts. For more information, contact: Ms. Terry Price Department Head Professional and French Language…

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Looking for the newsletter?

Posted on October 25, 2015

Our new website permits us to post news items on a regular basis, rather than once a month.  We encourage you to visit our newsfeed regularly to keep up to date. If you wish to receive the once-a-month e-newsletter, consisting…

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Fit Friday 10/23/2015 – You are NOT a cactus!

Posted on October 23, 2015

human beings are not cacti, for though we have spines, we still need water ~ Anon Headaches, neck and back pain, difficulty breathing and digestive issues can all result from poor posture.  Further, slouching can exacerbate feelings of depression and…

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Summary of Health Care Benefits provided by Manulife for Active WTA members

Posted on October 21, 2015

A concise summary of the provisions of your group policy is now available in a link on the Benefits page of the WTA website.

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MTS Makes History, Takes Membership Engagement to New Heights

Posted on October 21, 2015

On September 30th, over 800 Manitoba teachers helped make history by participating in the first ever Manitoba Teachers’ Society telephone town hall to discuss federal election issues important to teachers and public education in Canada. MTS President Norm Gould hosted…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday – 10/21/15

Posted on October 21, 2015

Why did the chicken cross the road?  To get into your belly! Carb it up!  Put it between some fresh bread! Carb it down! Put it in a wrap! Go carb free!  Serve on top of a green salad! Or…

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Reporting safety concerns, injuries, harassment, violent incidents

Posted on October 19, 2015

All Workplace Safety and Health concerns are to be reported to your administrator, and reported to the Winnipeg School Division Intake Line – (204)789-0492. This includes but is not limited to: injuries caused by students (no matter the age) or colleagues, unsafe…

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Fit Friday 10/16/15

Posted on October 16, 2015

You’ve eaten your salad, arranged your afternoon materials, and finally cleared your inbox.  Now what? Why not take a moment to release your inner hulk, raise the roof or jump (squat) for joy? The Washington Post has compiled 12 exercises…

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“What’s for lunch?” Wednesday 10/14/15

Posted on October 14, 2015

Anyone who thinks 55 minutes is a long time has likely never been a teacher. It’s just barely enough time to eat and recharge, let alone photocopy, make phone calls, wipe away tears (your own or someone else’s) or get…

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The Project Overseas Experience

Posted on October 7, 2015

Submitted by Tina Hellmuth Now before you start, put on some background music from Youtube- listen to this upbeat SOCA tune –This Island is Mine by Skinny Fabulous.  It takes 3 minutes and will put a smile on your face…

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Got stress?

Posted on October 2, 2015

“If you are depressed you are living in the past. If you are anxious you are living in the future. If you are at peace you are living in the present.” ― Lao Tzu         Here is…

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Fall Council Workshop

Posted on October 2, 2015

Tuesday, October 20th 9:00 am – 12:00 pm McMaster House Auditorium, 191 Harcourt Street This workshop is geared towards Council Representatives and Alternates in their first three years of Council involvement.  Members with more experience may attend if they feel…

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Changed TRAF Contribution Method

Posted on September 30, 2015

Under a new method, all TRAF contributions will be deducted from September to June based on the number of pensionable days paid in each month rather than based on the number of pay periods in a year. As a result,…

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Summer Babies Wanted!

Posted on September 30, 2015

Earlier this year, the Thompson Teachers’ Association settled grievances on the non-payment of maternity top-up benefits during non-teaching periods. This means that, as of July 1, 2015, any teacher member of the TTA will receive the full amount of top-up…

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WTA’s 50th First Council Meeting

Posted on September 23, 2015

All WTA representatives are invited to the first council meeting of the 50th council. Monday, September 28, 2015 5:00 pm – Hot dinner served 5:45 pm – Council meeting called to order McMaster House, 191 Harcourt Street Representatives can register online with…

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We’re Hosting a Pre-Retirement Seminar

Posted on September 17, 2015

The WTA is holding it’s 2015-2016 Pre-Retirement Seminars for WTA members 48 years of age and over. If you are interested in the Pre-Retirement Seminar, please register for one of the following two dates: November 5, 2015 Deadline for registration…

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Maternity, Parental, Adoptive Leave Seminar

Posted on September 17, 2015

WTA members are invited to a Maternity, Parental, Adoptive Leave Seminar! We will be sharing information on the EI benefits, sick leave and SUB Plan Benefits for upcoming maternity, parental and adoptive leaves. The seminar will be at 5:00 pm on…

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The WTA Website Has a New Look!

Posted on September 17, 2015

You might notice that we’ve updated our website’s look and feel. But don’t worry, the site has all of the information you accessed on the old website, plus more! Make sure to check out our searchable and downloadable Collective Agreement. …

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