Newsletter September 2012

Welcome Back

By: Dave Najduch, President

 

Negotiations Update

By: Nathan Martindale, Vice-President

Welcome back to the start of another school year! I hope everyone had a relaxing and rejuvenating summer.  I took some time to unwind before my wife and I began preparing for the birth of our first child.   Our daughter was born in the middle of August and I am a very proud father!  Fortunately, I was able to spend some time with her before returning to work.  I look forward to enjoying next summer with my family.

Manulife Financial is moving
Their Winnipeg Office

Effective October 22nd, 2012

 Manulife Financial (the WTA’s Extended
Health Plan Provider) is moving their office
to the Tuxedo Business Park

178 Commerce Drive, Suite 100
(Commerce Drive is west of Route 90/Kenaston Blvd.
approx. 1 KM south of Sterling Lyon Parkway)

Winnipeg, MB
R3P  0Z6

 All phone numbers will remain the same.

General Information

WSD Parking Fees for 2012/2013

Please be advised that for the 2012/2013 school year the WTA fee will be$105.00 PER YEAR and the MTS fee will be $835.00 PER YEAR.

 FYI – your WTA fee for the year ($105.00) will be deducted off your September pay cheques.  Fees deducted from your pay cheques for the rest of the year, October-June are MTS fees.

 

WSD Parking Fees for 2012/2013
$210.00+ $10.50 GST = $220.50 with electrical outlet
$185.00 + $9.25 GST  =  $194.25 without electrical outlet

 

2012/2013 WTA Executive and Council Dates

Executive:

September 12   October 10
November 14   December 5
January 16 February 13
March 6 April 10
May 8 June 5

All of the above meetings begin at 4:30 PM and are held in The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Board room. Please note that there will also be Executive meetings
held on December 7th and June 17th, there locations and times will be determined
at a later date.

 

Council:

September 20 October 16
November 12 December 5
January  23 February 21
March 11 April 22
May 14 June 10
Retirement Reception—June 12, 2013—Shaarey Zedek

All of the above meetings begin at 5:45 PM and are held in The Manitoba Teachers’ Society Arnett Auditorium (unless otherwise noted on Council Agendas.)

 

 

Reminder Re WSD Courier:

The WTA receives courier service from the WSD once a week on Mondays.
The information sent is from the Administration Building only.  Individuals/schools should NOT send info. to the Association through the Courier unless the Association advises otherwise i.e. during elections, negotiations.  Remember:  individuals shouldNOT send personal materials through the Division Courier.

 

REMEMBER

When you up-grade your classification you must inform Manitoba Education & Certification in Russell (1-800-667-2378) as soon as you have your documentation from the University.  Manitoba Ed. & Cert. will process the documentation and forward information to the Division so that you may be paid at your up-graded classification.

 Please make sure when you receive any information from Manitoba Ed. & Cert. that they have your correct classification.  The onus is upon you to make sure your classification (and therefore your pay scale) is correct.

 

Counselling Services

Counselling services are available to ALL WTA members.  Keystone Counselling Associates are the Association’s counsellors.  They can be reached at 204-338-3339.

Contracted teachers within the WTA may also access The Manitoba Teachers’ Society’s Educators’ Assistance Program (EAP) at 204-888-7961 or 204-837-5801.

 

Religious Holy Leaves for Members
of the Winnipeg Teachers’ Association
(excerpt from the WTA Collective Agreement)

for teachers requiring religious holy leaves prior to October 15th, ten (10) working days notice in writing shall be given to the Division, for teachers requiring religious holy days October 15th or later, notice in writing of leave required for that school year shall be given by September 30th.

for those teachers commencing employment with the Division at a time other than the start of the school year and who require religious holy leave, notice in writing, shall be given to the Division within ten (10) working days of active employment.

 

Dental Plans 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: $15.00 person/$30.00 family.  If both spouses are WTA members the maximum deductible is $30.00 in a calendar year.
(Note: there is NO deductible holiday for the 2012 calendar year.)

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: 204-942-3589

Plan No. 51001
The 2012 Dental Fee Guide is in effect.

Routine
-100% Coverage
Major
– 60% Coverage
Orthodontic
– 50% Coverage
– cleaning, bitewing x-ray, fluoride (limit twice in a calendar year)

– oral examinations

– full mouth x-rays (once every 24 months)

– extractions

– fillings

– dental surgery (excluding orthodontic or extensive procedures)

– 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 purposes)

– consultations-relines, rebases and repairs to existing dentures

– pit and fissure sealants (up to age 19)

-crowns, bridges, implants, dentures, etc.

– replacements of prosthodontics (dentures, etc.) if appliance is at least 5 years old

– procedures involving gold if no reasonable substitute at lower cost could be rendered

– correction of malocclusions of teeth

– appliances

– observation adjustments

-repairs

– bands

– consultations

Benefit payments for orthodontic treatment
are spread of the treatment period
.

 

The Winnipeg Teachers’ Association
2012/2013 Telephone List

Winnipeg Teachers’ Association Office………..204-831-7104/FAX : 204-837-9698
Glenda Shepherd, WTA Administrative Assistant (e-mail: gshepherd@wta.mb.ca)
Dave Najduch, WTA President (e-mail:  pres@wta.mb.ca)
Nathan Martindale, WTA Vice-President (e-mail:   vpres@wta.mb.ca)

WTA Counselling Service………………………………………………………………..204-338-3339           Keystone Counselling Associates

Manitoba Teachers’ Society……………………………..204-888-7961/FAX: 204-831-0877
Henry Shyka, WTA Business Agent, MTS Staff Officer
Nancy Kerr, MTS Staff Officer

 

Legal Assistance Programme (Myers Weinber) …………………………….204-942-0501

Winnipeg School Division Administration Building………………………..204-775-0231
Substitute Request Line…………………………………………………………………..204-772-0691
Substitute Help Line…………………………………………………………………………204-789-0475*
*between the hours of 6:45 AM and 2:45 PM

ManuLife (Extended Health Benefit Carrier)
Information Service Centre………………………………………………..1-800-268-6195
Web Site: www.manulife.ca

Teachers’ Retirement Allowance Fund (TRAF)…………………………………….204-949-0048

Teacher Certification Branch (Russell, MB)………………………………1-800-667-2378

2012-2013 WTA Pre-Retirement Seminars