As a member of the WTA you are entitled to certain benefits. For a $150/year membership fee, the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association (WTA):
- Bargains directly with the Winnipeg School Division on behalf of its approximately 4,000 members;
- Manages workplace safety and health issues;
- Provides a health plan and benefits plan unique to the division;
- Throws social events, including retirement receptions;
- Distributes funds from a wellness grant; and
- Provides scholarships and distinguished service awards.
WTA members also are members of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society (MTS), which represents all public school teachers in Manitoba. MTS members pay their $1008/year membership fee in addition to the local WTA fee.
For this annual membership fee, MTS:
- Participates at the bargaining table with WTA, acting as a full-time liaison and providing counselling services;
- Provides members with a disability benefits plan;
- Helps to solve conflicts between two WTA members;
- Upholds a code of professional practice and misconduct; and
- Provides all members with a membership card.
WTA members have the opportunity to participate on standing committees of MTS.
Group Benefits Information
Dental Plan: Great West Life
Extended Health Care Plan: Manulife
Summary of the Extended Health Care Benefits Plan provided by Manulife for WTA Active Members: WTA Active Benefit Summary
Summary of the Extended Health Care Benefits Plan provided by Manulife for WTA Retired Members
Summaries of MTS Group Benefits:
CHANGES TO THE WSD TEACHERS’ DENTAL PLAN
Premiums for the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan were increased in 2020 from 1.38% of payroll to 1.4% of payroll.
Effective January 1, 2019, the deductible holiday ended. Deductibles will be charged by your dentist. Single members will pay $25 once per year and members with a family enrollment will pay $25 on the first visit and $25 on the next visit for a total of $50 per year per family.
Effective January 1, 2017, the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan was improved as follows: the orthodontic maximum was increased to $1,750 per person per calendar year.
Further, effective January 1, 2016, dependent coverage was changed so that dependent means your unmarried children under age 21, or under age 25 if they are full time student. This harmonizes the maximum age limits for the WSD dental group plan and the WSD extended health care plan.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WSD MANULIFE EXTENDED HEALTH CARE PLAN:
In August 2020, members of the retiree class of the Manulife extended health care plan will receive Pay Direct Drug Cards for use effective September 1, 2020. Drug cards allow members to have their claims adjudicated at the pharmacy, without having to pay for eligible drug claims up front and being reimbursed after submitted claims are adjudicated. When using the drug card, members only need to pay the out of pocket expenses at time of sale. (Active teachers already have the Pay Direct Drug Card benefit.)
Regarding the Manulife Extended Health Care plan, effective March 1, 2020, the following improvements were added:
|Active Plan||Current Plan Design||New Plan Consideration|
|Foot Orthotics||$500/person/2 calendar years||$500/person/calendar year|
|Psychologist – $1000/person/ calendar year||Psychologist, Social Workers, Clinical Counsellors, Marriage Therapists and Internet-based Cognitive Behavioural Therapy – combined $1000/person/ calendar year|
|Retiree Plan||Current Plan Design||New Plan Consideration|
|Combined max for Physio, Athletic Therapy and Occ Therapist – $1000/person/calendar year||Max for Physio – $1000/person/ calendar year;
Max for Occ Therapist – $850/person/ calendar year
The WTA has committed to maintaining existing levels of benefits in the plan without adding anything that will increase costs and necessitate increases to premiums paid by members. The above improvements have negligible costs and will not increase costs to the plan. e
Effective March 1, 2020, premiums paid by all members for the EHC plan will increase by 4.7% as follows:
|Class A – Active teachers||Single||$61.14|
|Class B – Retirees||Single||$76.42|
|Class D – Active teachers age 65 and over||Single||$61.14|
|Class H – Retires Community Liaison Officers||Single||$76.42|
Taking into account all of the factors influencing rates, our consultants recommended that we increase premiums by 9.4% to all rates. Instead, we will subsidize premiums by drawing down the plan’s reserves. This has been part of a multi-year plan of the WTA to slowly reduce the reserve to achieve a reserve level equal to three months of premiums.
Effective March 1, 2018, a benefit was added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for active teachers: coverage for all vaccines; increased coverage for custom-made orthotics from $500 per person per two calendar years to $500 per person per calendar year.
Effective March 1, 2018, a benefit was added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for retired teachers: coverage for vaccinations for hepatitis and shingles; increased coverage for custom-made orthotics from $400 per person per three calendar years to $400 per person per two calendar years.
Effective March 1, 2017, a benefit was added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for active teachers: an increase to the maximums allowed for paramedical claims to $1,000 per person per calendar year. Paramedicals include Acupuncturist, Audiologist, Chiropractor, Dietician, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Osteopath, Podiatrist/Chiropodist, Psychologist and Speech Therapist.
The EHC plan was also improved effective March 1, 2017, for retired teachers (in Classes B and H), with an increase to the maximums allowed for Cardiac Rehab to $500/lifetime.
Effective March 1, 2016, these two benefits were added to the Manulife Extended Care Plan for active teachers: custom ear plugs, paid to reasonable and customary maximums, requiring a prescription; and a Pay Direct Drug Card. Manulife brochure
Effective March 1, 2016, EHC Plan eligibility requirements were relaxed: “The loss of coverage due to a spouse’s retirement is considered to be voluntary withdrawal and therefore is not considered a Life Event,” was deleted from the definition of Life Events.
The EHC plan was also improved effective March 1, 2016, for retired teachers (in Classes B and H), with an increase to the maximums allowed for paramedical claims to $850 per person per calendar year. Paramedicals include Acupuncturist, Audiologist, Chiropractor, Dietician, Massage Therapist, Naturopath, Osteopath, Podiatrist/Chiropodist, Psychologist and Speech Therapist.