As a member of the WTA you are entitled to certain benefits. For a $80/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 $900/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.
A summary of the Extended Health Care Benefits Plan provided by Manulife for WTA Active Members: WTA Active Benefit Summary. Please note plan improvements below.
A Manulife brochure outlining the Pay-Direct Drug Plan card, effective March 1, 2016.
A summary of the Extended Health Care Benefits Plan provided by Manulife for WTA Retired Members: Manulife EHC summary for retirees. Please note plan improvements below.
IMPROVEMENTS TO THE WSD TEACHERS’ DENTAL PLAN:
Premiums for the WSD Teachers’ Dental plan were retained in 2017 at 1.35% of payroll. These rates are unchanged from last year.
Effective January 1, 2017 and ending December 31, 2017, there will be a deductible holiday.
Further, 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, that 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:
Premium rates for the Manulife Extended Care Plan effective March 1, 2017, have increased 7% for all classes. For active teachers the rates will be Single- $54.57 and Family – $113.42.00. Rates for retired members will continue to be Single – $66.00 and Family – $137.72.
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.