Newsletter February 2013

Canadian Museum
of Human Rights (CMHR)

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By: Dave Najduch, President

There has been some discussion in the schools and through the media about the Manitoba Teachers’ Society and a contribution to purchase the naming rights for the three classroom spaces at the CMHR. The detailed information about the MTS position can be found athttp://www.mbteach.org/. The following information is taken from the Society web page:

CMHR Classroom naming rights $ 1,500,000
*Members (Fulltime Equivalents /FTE) 13,180
Transfer from Operations Stabilization Fund $300,000
Overall cost per member $91.05
Cost per member per month for 5 years $1.52

*FTE’s as estimated for the 2012-2013 MTS Budget Year

It is my understanding that any action on this issue will need to be approved by the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Society held May 23-25, 2013. The AGM brings approximately 280 delegates together from across the province to conduct the business of the Society. A motion would need to be brought to the floor of the meeting, it would be debated and then a vote would take place.

Written material about funding the CMHR was provided to Council representatives at our January meeting and I asked this information be shared with all WTA members in their schools. The WTA Executive has discussed the issue at our last two meetings and has chosen not to take a position on the funding of the CMHR. We have also received no direction from WTA Council on the funding issue. This means that the approximately 48 WTA delegates attending the AGM will be able to listen to the discussion and vote as they see fit at the meeting in May.

Other local Associations have been discussing the issue. To date, I am only aware of the St. James Assiniboine Teachers’ Association Executive and Council who have passed motions in support of CMHR funding.

MTS is looking for membership feedback. If you have any comments, questions or concerns please contact Paul Olson, MTS President atpolson@mbteach.org.

 

Ray Stoyko $2500 Memorial Scholarship

The end of May deadline for submission of applications for the Stoyko Memorial Scholarship is fast approaching. The single most important criteria is that the dependent of the WTA member has been formally accepted, or is currently attending a Faculty of Education program.

The application form and all related information can be found on the WTA web page at wta.mb.ca. Once on the web page proceed to the “Forms” drop down menu and open Ray Stoyko Memorial Scholarship Application.

WTA Workplace Safety
and Health Checklist

By: Nathan Martindale, Vice-President

Over the past two years, there have been significant changes in the realm of Workplace Safety and Health in the Winnipeg School Division.  In past articles, I have outlined how these changes were precipitated by changes to the Provincial Workplace Safety and Health Act.  These changes required the WSD (as an employer) to re-write its Violence Prevention Policy as well as its Harassment Policy.  These amended policies were approved by the Board of Trustees in May of 2012.

The WTA believes the new policy is somewhat cumbersome for members to navigate (in terms of finding pertinent information, filling out the appropriate forms and contacting the right individuals).  The following checklists were created to assist our members in the reporting an incident of violence or harassment in an expedient manner.  Please note that these checklists are drafts only and as the Division updates its procedures, the WTA will also update the check lists.  These check-lists were presented to WTA Council on February 21st, 2013 and will be posted to the WTA website in the near future.  If you have any questions please feel free to contact the WTA Office at 204-831-7014.

WTA Violent Incident Check-list

This document is based on the WSD Policy: Violence Prevention GBEAA which can be found on the public side of the WSD website:http://ww.wsd1.org/board/documents/APPROVED-PUBLIC05-07-12GBEAAViolencePreventionPolicy.pdf and the accompanying Administrative Rule/Procedure: GBEAA-R which can be found on the staff log-in side of the WSD website:https://ww.wsd1.org/Login/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fintranet%2findex.html .

A.  After a violent incident occurs or threat of violence occurs you need to:

  1. Inform your administrator immediately.
  2. Contact the police (if necessary).
  3. In consultation with your administrator, the following will occur:

    a. You should be transported to medical facility (if required).
    b. You should be encouraged to seek medical help or referred to post-incident counseling.
    c. You should have the option of going home for the rest of the day.
    d. The abuser will be removed from the premises (if deemed appropriate).

B. After a violent incident is observed or the threat of violence is observed inform your administrator immediately.

C. Formal Report:

  1. Complete the WSD Workplace Safety and Health Form found atwww.wta.mb.ca and make sure to include the date, time, location of the incident, persons involved (including witnesses) and a short description of what occurred.

    Make one copy (to keep for your own records) and send the form to the Central Workplace Safety and Health Committee of the Winnipeg School Division via fax at 204-784-9633.

  2. Complete a Winnipeg School Division Accident Report form (found in your school’s office) if you have been injured.  Keep a copy for your own records.

D. As a result of your filing a complaint (A+C), the employer will complete the following:

  1. Your administrator, the Workplace Safety and Health Committee Co-Chairs (or representative) and any other persons required will conduct an immediate investigation which will establish the facts, interview witnesses and speak to the police (if necessary).
  2. Your administrator shall make a violence prevention plan (or modify an existing plan) to protect you and other staff from further violence.  This plan may involve the employer conducting a threat assessment or risk assessment.
  3. Your administrator will inform all other employees who may be at risk of having another incident and share the prevention plan.
  4. You will receive appropriate support from your administrator/WSD Administration as defined within the scope of WSD policies/procedure (e.g. counseling, legal rights etc…).
  5. You will be informed of the outcome of the investigation and follow-up recommendations.

E. Your rights:

  1. You have the right to file a complaint directly with the Manitoba Department of Labour and Immigration, Workplace Safety and Health Division without following ANY of the above steps by contacting the Safety and Health Officer by phone at 204-330-2465.
  2. After consulting with the WTA, you have the right to appeal any decision made by the Winnipeg School Division.
  3. At any point in this process you can contact the WTA with questions or concerns:
    Phone: 204-831-7104
    Email: pres@wta.mb.ca or vpres@wta.mb.ca
    Fax: 204-837-9698

 

WTA Harassment Check-list

This document is based on the WSD Policy: Harassment GCPDA which can be found on the public side of the WSD website:http://ww.wsd1.org/board/documents/GCPDA-HarassmentPrevention.pdfand the accompanying Administrative Rule/Procedure: GCPDA-R which can be found on the staff log-in side of the WSD website:https://ww.wsd1.org/Login/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2fintranet%2findex.html .

A.  After an incident of harassment has occurred you need to decide on a course of action:

Option #1:  You can deal directly with the individual who harassed you, in person or in writing.

Option #2:  You can file a formal complaint with the Winnipeg School Division.

  1. Complete the WSD Workplace Safety and Health Form found atwww.wta.mb.ca and make sure to include the date, time, location of the incident as well as the persons involved (including witnesses) as well as a short description of what occurred.
  2. Make one copy (to keep for your own records) and send the form to:
    a. the Central Workplace Safety and Health Committee of the Winnipeg School Division via fax at 204-784-9633.
    b. the Director of Human Resources via fax at 204-786-6940

B.  Your rights:

  1. You have the right to file a complaint directly with the Manitoba Department of Labour and Immigration, Workplace Safety and Health Division without following ANY of the above steps by contacting the Safety and Health Officer by phone at 204-330-2465.
  2. After consulting with the WTA, you have the right to appeal any decision made by the Winnipeg School Division.
  3. At any point in this process you can contact the WTA with questions or concerns:
    Phone: 204-831-7104
    Email: pres@wta.mb.ca or vpres@wta.mb.ca
    Fax: 204-837-9698

C. After an incident of harassment is observed, you should inform your administrator.

Renewal Of Manulife Extended Health Benefits Plan

Manulife Financial

 

General Information

WTA Dental Plan

As of January 1st, 2013 the following changes have been made to the WTA Dental Plan:

  • As of January 1st, 2013, the 2013 Dental Fee Guide is in effect.
  • There is NO deductible holiday for 2013.  Change in amount of Deductible:   members will be required to pay the following annual deductible effective January 1st, 2013:  $30.00 individual/$50.00 family.

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Electoral Units not represented at the January Council meeting:

Adult EAL, Argyle, COTE, David Livingstone, Dufferin, George V, Glenelm, Grant Park, Grosvenor, Interdivisional Student Services, J.B. Mitchell, Lansdowne, LaVerendrye, Luxton, Machray, Montrose, Mulvey,  NijiMahkwa, R.B. Russell, Ralph Brown, River Elm, Sister MacNamara, Wellington, William Whyte, WAEC and WAEC – 700 Elgin Ave.

Reminders… 

  1. Ray Stoyko Memorial Scholarship—please go to the WTA Website—wta.mb.ca to find an application form for the above scholarship.
  2. Please send your original receipts to Manulife and make a photocopy of the documents for your records. When filling out your ManuLife claim forms please include your home address on the form.  Failure to do so will result in Manulife forwarding your claim/cheque to the Payroll Department of The Winnipeg School.
  3. Disability Benefits Plan (Long Term Disability)
  4. Please be aware that your dental plan ends with the exhaustion of your sick leave.
  5. Retiring…resigning?  Please do not send in your intention to retire/resign unless you are positive that you will be doing so, asrequests to rescind intentions to resign or retire have been refused in the past.