Newsletter December 2013

Happy holidays!


By: Dave Najduch, WTA President

Different Types of Leaves

By: Nathan Martindale, Vice-President

Emergency illness in the family or house-hold or family emergency – allow
one (1) day

(Apply for this leave for each family emergency, there is no limitation as to the number of times a member can apply for this leave.)

Death: a member of the immediate family – allow up to five (5) consecutive days

Death: grandparents, grandchildren – allow up to two (2) consecutive days

Death: spouse’s or common law spouse’s mother, father, sister, brother, son, daughter – allow up to two (2) consecutive days

To attend funeral of a relative outside the immediate family – allow up to one (1) day

For observance of religious holy days – allow three (3) days per year

(Refer to Article 20.09 on page 37 in the Collective Agreement for procedure
on how to apply for this leave – or read it online here)

Winter break is just around the corner and I wish everyone all the best for the holidays!

Call for Nominations for the 2013/2014 wTA Executive Election

Dental Plan Benefits & Coverage

Plan Covers:

  • spouses of eligible contracted teachers/lab assistants
  • dependent child under 18 years of age
  • dependent child under 25 years of age if fulltime student
  • dependent child who was incapacitated for a continuous period beginning before age 18 or while a fulltime student and before age 25

Annual Deductible:
Note: Effective January 1st, 2013 the annual deductibles will be increased to: $25.00 person/$50.00 family. If both spouses are WTA members the maximum deductible is $50.00 in a calendar year. (Also Note: There will NOT be a deductible holiday for 2014.)

Annual Benefit Maximum:
Routine and major combined = $2,500.00 per person
Orthodontic = $1250.00 per person
Total = $3750.00 per person

Any Routine or Major Treatment expected to cost over $300.00 and all Orthodontic treatment must first be submitted to Great-West Life.

Great-West Life Office Mailing Address:
Winnipeg Benefit Payments
P.O. Box 3050
Winnipeg, MB
R3C 4E5
Phone: 942-3589
Plan No. 51001
The 2013 Dental Fee Guide is in effect as of January 1, 2014.

Routine – 100% Coverage Major – 60% Coverage Orthodontic – 50% Coverage
cleaning, bitewing x-ray, fluoride (limit twice in a calendar year) crowns, bridges, implants, dentures, etc. correction of malocclusions of teeth
oral examinations replacement of prosthodontics (dentures, etc.) if appliance is at least 5 years old appliances
full mouth x-rays (once every 24 months) procedures involving gold if no reasonable substitute at lower cost could be rendered observation adjustments
extractions repairs
fillings bands
dental surgery (excluding orthodontic or extensive procedures) consultations
diagnostic x-ray and lab work
general anesthesia
endodontic treatment (root canal)
periodontal treatment (gum disease)
treatment for relief of dental pain
injected medication
space maintainers (not used for orthodontic
consultations – relines, rebases and repairs to existing dentures
pit and fissure sealants (up to age 19)  

General Information

The Distinguished Service Award Application form is available under the “Forms” section of the newsletter.  If you are interested in nominating a WTA member or an “Honourary” member for receipt of the Award please fill out the application form and forward it to the WTA office by:  February 15th.

The following electoral units were absent from the November 2013 WTA Council meeting:

Argyle, Carpathia, COTE, DLC, Dufferin, Garden Grove, George V, Glenelm, Greenway, Hugh John Macdonald, Isaac Brock, Lansdowne, Lord Nelson, Lord Selkirk, Montcalm, Norquay, Pinkham, R.B. Russell, Robert H. Smith, Sacre Coeur, Stanley Knowles, Strathcona, Sisler, WAEC – 700 Elgin Ave.

The views expressed in all articles in this Newsletter are not necessarily those of the Association.

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