Newsletter March 2013

Important Information!

David

By: Dave Najduch, President

Workplace Safety and Health

Over the last few weeks I have helped a number of members complete a WSD Workplace Safety and Health concern form related to incidents they have been involved with. In talking with the these members and others, I am constantly hearing that they have been documenting situations that have taken place and all the information is in a file locked away in a cabinet or a desk in their room.

Incidents of violence, harassment and abuse need to be reported to the WSD. This means a copy of a completed report form needs to go to the school Workplace Safety and Health Representative, the school principal, the WSD Workplace Safety and Health Officer and finally the Director of Humans Resources. Without completing the form and submitting it to these four persons, the incidents do not exist.

The submitting of the Workplace Safety and Health form is the method by which the WSD then must take action. The action should include some type of investigation, a written report and corrective measures taken. There is a formal process outlined in legislation and policy that needs to be followed by the WSD in addressing members’ concerns reported through this process. If members do not submit a written report is to the WSD on the Workplace Safety and Health form, no action takes place and this usually means the problems continue.

Teachers have not been hired to be kicked, punched, spat at, verbally harassed or bullied. The WSD is just now beginning to implement the processes outlined in the new policy and members are now just starting to report the incidents.

If you have a concern and wish to report an incident, a PDF of the WSD Workplace Safety and Health form is available here. I also have an electronic version available if you would like to contact me atpres@wta.mb.ca. At any point in the reporting process, please feel free to contact our office (204-831-7104) with questions, comments and/or concerns. I would also be happy to edit the form with you prior to submitting it to the WSD.

Staff Intention Forms

It is that time of year again. School staffs may be receiving a form in their building asking for their intentions for the coming school year. I would encourage all members to complete the form and return it. When completing these forms, my intention was always to return to the same school and program that I was teaching in. That was always my intention at the time the form was completed.

Once the Staffing Bulletins appear in May and June of each year, my intention may have changed depending upon what positions were being advertised. Filling the intention form out indicating you wish to return to the school/program does not prevent any member from applying for positions posted in the bulletins. The intention sheet is not a binding contract. You are always free to apply for posted positions in the WSD or outside the Division, if you wish.

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 Stoyko Memorial Scholarship application form and all related information can be found here.

Spring Break is almost here!

By: Nathan Martindale, Vice-President

MTS Member Workload Surveys

I would like to personally thank all of the WTA Council Reps for ensuring that the distribution and collection of the MTS Member Workload surveys went smoothly. The data collected from the surveys will assist the MTS in gaining a provincial perspective of teachers’ workloads and issues.

Workplace Safety and Health

At a mini-P.D. session before the February Council meeting, two checklists (in draft form) were distributed to Council reps. These checklists were generated to assist members after an incident of Violence or Harassment. These checklists were also included in my February newsletter article. Since then, a number of changes have been made, based on discussions with the Provincial Safety and Health Officer and the Winnipeg School Division. An updated draft will soon be posted to the forms section of the WTA website.

School Visits

As of March 6th, Dave Najduch, WTA President and I have visited 52 schools/locations. This represents approximately 55% of the total visits for the school year. If you are not aware of the date we are scheduled to visit your location, please ask your WTA Council Representative and make every effort to attend. Many excellent questions have been posed at these visits and a range of topics are discussed that are of importance to all of our members. If you are uncomfortable asking a question in a group setting, or your question deals with a personal/specific issue, please contact the WTA Office at 204-831-7014.

Spring Break

Spring break is just a few weeks away and we are all looking forward to it. I know some members who are off to warmer climates for some fun in the sun, while others are staying closer to home. I will spend the week at home relaxing and playing with my daughter – I have been told by experienced parents to enjoy these moments and I intend to! However you choose to spend your time during the break, remember it is a break. If you bring home piles of marking or lesson planning, you may not feel fully refreshed when you return to work in April. The choice is yours, but my advice is to make some time for yourself! Teachers need the down time to re-energize themselves for the last three months of the year! Happy Spring Break!

General Information

Tips in Submitting Claims Under Your Manulife Group Extended Health Care Policy 98240

    • Original claim receipts are always required. Copies will not be accepted (other than when Manulife is the second payor.)
    • Prescription Drugs: there is a $1200. threshold for drug expenses incurred in each Pharmacare benefit year (April to March) for an insured or family under age 65. Reimbursement of drug claims will cease once Manulife has paid $1200. At that point, the claim is returned and the insured must apply for Manitoba Pharmacare.Once application has been made, resubmit the claim to Manulife with a copy of the Pharmacare application. Your annual deductible will be entered on the system and future claims for the year will continue to be paid until the deductible is reached. To avoid payment interruption it is suggested that everyone make application.
      • Threshold for insureds age 65 or over is $800 before they must forward their Pharmacare Form to ManuLife.
      • Pharmacare applications are available at any pharmacy.
    • For all Practitioners: i.e. Physiotherapist, Athletic Therapist, Occupational Therapist, Speech Therapist, Massage Therapist, Audiologist, Psychologist, Chiropractor, Chiropodist/Podiatrist, Osteopath, Naturopath and Dietician. Be sure that the receipt clearly indicates the Practitioner’s Provincial registration number and their designation:
      e.g. Chiropractor – D.C. (Doctor of Chiropractry)
      Massage Therapist – R.M.T. (Registered Massage Therapist)
      Psychologist – (Ph.D. in Psychology)
      • Some generic receipts do not always indicate this information.
      • This information will be necessary on each claim.
    • For Chiropractic services incurred prior to reaching the maximum under Manitoba Health (first 12 visits in a year), ensure that the Chiropractor’s receipt clearly specifies that the charges are for services not covered by Manitoba Health, i.e. ‘non-insured services.’ These may include x-rays, examinations, pre- and post-treatment evaluations, instrumentation and adjunctive therapies.
    • Orthotics ($400. per three (3) calendar years): due to fraudulent practices by some suppliers in recent years, Manulife has been forced to tighten the requirements for reimbursement of this benefit. The following documentation is required with each claim:
      From the physician/practitioner:

        1. A copy of the recommendation or referral from the prescribing physician, podiatrist or chiropodist,which includes the medical condition(s) necessitating the use of orthotic appliances.

      From the supplier:

      1. Copies of the biomechanical examination and gait analysis performed.
      2. Complete description of the process used to create the orthotics, including the casting technique and the raw materials used.
      3. Confirmation that the orthotics have been paid in full (supporting receipt) or confirmation that the patient has received the appliances.

Out-of-Country Travel/ManuAssist [9505] (for active members only – not retirees):

For medical expenses in excess of $200:

In the event you or your dependents incur over $200. in expenses, contact ManuAssist via the toll-free number on the reverse of your blue card (active members only.)

      • The caller provides ManuAssist with the Employee’s name, policy, certificate number and the imprinted ID number on the card (9505).
      • ManuAssist will confirm your group coverage with Manulife and arrange for the payment of medical expenses (provided they were contacted before the expense was incurred.)
      • You will be asked to sign an authorization form, allowing them to coordinate payment of the claim on your behalf through Manitoba Health and your Manulife plan.

For medical expenses under $200:

      • Pay for the expense and obtain receipt.
      • When you return home, submit claim to Manitoba Health.
      • Once reimbursement is received from the Provincial plan, submit ‘Out-of-Province/Out-of-Canada Health Claim’ form to Manulife, accompanied with copies of receipts and the statement from Manitoba Health. Manulife will pay the remaining balance of eligible expenses.

Please refer to the ManuAssist brochure that you received with your card for further details on this benefit.

As of March 1st, 2005 eye examinations, every two years, have been added to the Manulife Extended Benefit Health plan for active members only — not retirees.

      1. Paramedical Practitioners
        • Athletic, Occupational, Physio Therapy – combined maximum $750 per person, per calendar year for both practitioners combined
        • Audiologist – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Chiropractor – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Dietician – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Massage Therapist – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Naturopath – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Osteopath – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Podiatrist or Chiropodist – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Psychologist – $500. per person, per calendar year
        • Speech Therapist – $500. per person, per calendar year
      2. Prosthetic Appliances and Miscellany
        • Surgical brassieres and breast prostheses, $400. per single prosthesis or bra, per calendar year
        • Expenses associated with the purchase and installation of hearing aids $1000. every 5 calendar years

Electoral Units not represented at the February Council meeting: Adult EAL, Andrew Mynarski, Children of the Earth, Churchill, David Livingstone, Duferin, Glenelm, Gordon Bell, Isaac Newton, J.B. Mitchell, Lord Selkirk, Norquay, Principal Sparling, River Elm, Robertson, Sargent Park, Sisler, Sister MacNamara, Weston, William Whyte and WAEC – 700 Elgin Ave.

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