Article 1 – Application
Article 2 – Term
Article 3 – Administration of Basic Salary Schedule
Article 4 – Allowances for School Personnel
Article 5 – Allowances Other Personnel
Article 6 – Administrative Appointments and Designations
Article 7 – Provisions applicable to Teachers Employed as Substitute Teachers
Article 8 – Provisions applicable to Teachers Employed in Community and Continuing Education Programs, Summer School Programs and Other CBE Sponsored Activities
Article 9 – Employment
Article 10 – General Leave of Absence
Article 11 – Deferred Salary Leave Plan
Article 12 – Leave – The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and One Other Official
Article 13 – Professional Improvement Fellowship
Article 14 – Staff Development Fund
Article 15 – Graduate Study Leave
Article 16 – Parental Leaves of Absence
Article 17 – Temporary Leaves of Absence
Article 18 – Job Sharing
Article 19 – Sick Leave with Pay
Article 20 – Group Benefits Plan
Article 21 – Retired Employee Benefits Package
Article 22 – Grievance and Interpretation Procedure
Article 23 – Working Conditions
Article 24 – Employment Insurance Premium Reduction
Article 25 – Secondment
Article 26 – General Application
Article 27 – Committees
Appendix A – Recognition of non-University Courses for Salary Purposes
Appendix B – Evaluation of Teachers with Administrative Designations
Appendix C – Offer of General Leave of Absence
Letter of Understanding – ATA Representation and Membership
Letter of Understanding – Parking Fees
Letter of Understanding – Retired Teachers Appointed to Administrative, Supervisory or Consultative Positions
Letter of Understanding – CBe Learn Teachers
Letter of Understanding – Lieu Days for Principals
Letter of Understanding – Drug Card
The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education, herein called "the Board" and
The Alberta Teachers' Association herein called "the Association", acting on behalf of the teachers employed by the Board.
WHEREAS, the Association is the duly certified bargaining agent for the teachers employed by the Board and
WHEREAS, the Board is the Board of Trustees or delegated authority and
WHEREAS, such teachers' terms and conditions of employment and their salaries have been the subject of negotiation between the parties and
WHEREAS, the parties desire that these matters be set forth in an Agreement to govern all the terms of employment of the teachers and
WHEREAS, this agreement is made pursuant to the laws of the province of Alberta as amended from time to time including but not limited to the School Act, the Alberta Human Rights Act and the Labour Relations Code.
The Board and the Association agree as follows:
This agreement shall be applicable to all persons who require a teacher's certificate as a condition of their employment with the Board with the exception of the:
Coordinator, People Development
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent
The Board may create or designate new administrative positions with respect to teachers covered by this agreement. Applicable administrative allowances and salaries for such newly created or designated administrative positions shall be negotiated with the Association as per clause 2.6 of this agreement before the position is advertised or the appointment is made. Such negotiation shall take place within fifteen (15) days of the Board advising the Association, in writing, of its intent to create or designate said new administrative positions. Where negotiations are not completed in three (3) meetings, the Board shall determine the applicable administrative allowance and salary for the position and proceed to advertise and fill the position.
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The term of this Agreement is September 1, 2012 to August 31, 2016. Unless stated otherwise, this Agreement shall take effect on the date both parties have ratified and shall continue in full force and effect through August 31, 2016.
Either party wishing to amend or to terminate this Agreement shall give to the other party notice of such desire, in writing, not less than sixty (60) days and not more than one hundred and eighty (180) days prior to the last date stated in clause 2.1.
If notice has been given in accordance with clause 2.2, the Board agrees not to alter terms and conditions of employment should negotiations continue beyond the expiry date or until a strike or lockout occurs.
Any conclusions reached in the 2012 to 2016 Agreement shall, if so agreed, be made retroactive to September 1, 2012.
Both parties agree to direct their bargaining teams to continue to collaborate on topics of mutual interest for possible inclusion in the next round of collective bargaining or for amendment of the collective agreement in accordance with clause 2.6
The parties may by mutual consent agree to amend the provisions of this collective agreement during the term.
3. ADMINISTRATION OF THE BASIC SALARY SCHEDULE
Categories representing years of teacher education beyond Alberta Grade XII and steps representing years of teacher experience:
3.1 Basic Salary Schedule
Minimum Years of post secondary education as evaluated by TQS and years of teacher experience:
Effective September 1, 2012
Years of Post Secondary Education
Years of Experience
Effective September 1, 2014
Effective September 1, 2015
As per the Framework Agreement, a one-time lump sum payment of 1% of annual salary as set out in the Collective Agreement salary schedule in effect as of November 15, 2015 will be paid to all teachers on contract on that date, and paid no later than the end of December, 2015.
3.2 Salary Administration
A teacher shall be placed in salary categories, according to the statement of qualifications issued by the Alberta Teachers' Association Teacher Qualifications Service in accordance with the policies and principles approved by the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board, established by Memorandum of Agreement among the Department of Education, the Alberta Teachers' Association and the Alberta School Trustees' Association, dated 1967-03-23 subject to Appendix "A" of the Collective Agreement.
3.2.2 Initial Salary Placement
A teacher upon commencement of employment must submit proof of:
(a) Teacher qualifications in the form of a TQS evaluation or an in-service course or a music diploma.
(b) Experience, in writing.
Such proof must be submitted within one hundred and twenty (120) days from the date of employment, in order to obtain, retroactively to the date of employment, an improvement in category placement and experience placement, respectively. Failure to do so will result in adjustments being made on the first of the month following submission of proof, unless the submission of proof is beyond the control of the teacher.
Pending receipt of a statement of qualifications from the Teacher Qualifications Service, the Board in accordance with applicable verified data in the teacher’s file will establish a tentative salary. At a minimum, teachers will initially be paid the minimum salary rate applicable to four years of university education. The teacher’s salary shall be adjusted to reflect actual years of university education after submitting the statement of qualification from TQS.
A teacher with fewer than four (4) years of university education shall not proceed past D3 on the salary grid until they have attained the four (4) years of education qualification substantiated by submitting a statement of qualification from TQS.
Upon commencement of employment, a teacher shall be granted one (1) increment for each full year of teaching experience acquired prior to current engagement with the Board, where the teacher having such experience, held a valid teaching certificate.
Notwithstanding the number of years of previous experience, the teacher will be paid at no more than D3 until the teacher submits a statement of qualifications from TQS verifying they have at least four (4) years of university education. Subject to 126.96.36.199, salary shall be adjusted retroactively. A teacher who attains additional qualifications subsequent to the date of hire will be subject to 3.2.4.
Where the new appointee's teaching experience includes partial years of service or periods of part-time service, full years of service shall be calculated as the number of full days of teaching experience in those years divided by 200. Any remainder of 150 or more days shall be counted as a full year.
Any residual number of days of teaching experience beyond the full years of teaching experience recognized under clause 188.8.131.52 shall be credited to a teacher for accumulation towards the earning of any future increment.
3.2.3 Experience Increments
Each teacher who is eligible for an increment shall, on the opening of school or on the first day of September or February immediately following the establishment of such eligibility, be placed on the next higher step on the grid for the appropriate category of teacher education.
For the purpose of clauses in this Article, teaching experience shall mean:
(a) Days under contract (continuing, probationary, part-time, interim and temporary) to a Board in a position which requires a teaching certificate as a condition of employment, excluding leaves of absence without salary and vacation periods;
(b) Days employed as a substitute teacher;
(c) Days taught for the Alberta Distance Learning Centre.
A teacher who has a minimum of 150 full days teaching experience which have not previously been counted for increment purposes, shall be granted one (1) experience increment in accordance with clause 184.108.40.206, and subject to the limitation of clause 220.127.116.11. Until the teacher reaches the maximum salary of the appropriate category of education, further increments shall be granted for each 150 full days of teaching experience acquired after that date. These increments will be effective on the opening day of school or the first day of September or February immediately following the attainment of the necessary accumulation of days.
A teacher shall be granted only one (1) experience increment during any one school year.
The maximum number of days of teaching experience which may be counted for increment purposes during any school year shall be 150 days.
Subject to clause 18.104.22.168, any residual number of days of teaching experience which the teacher has accumulated at the time an increment is granted under clause 22.214.171.124 shall be credited to the employee for accumulation toward the earning of any future increment.
A teacher commencing duties who requires a Letter of Authority, shall be allowed one (1) increment only. Any teacher for whom an increment is cancelled shall remain on the same salary step until the deficiency causing the cancellation is removed. When the deficiency is removed, the teacher shall be placed on the step to which the teacher would have been entitled had the increments not been withheld. This placement shall be made on the opening day of school or February 1, immediately following the submission of evidence of a valid teaching certificate, provided that the submission is made on, or prior to, October 31 or March 31, whichever is applicable, unless the submission of proof is beyond the control of the teacher.
Any supporting data submitted for the purposes of a salary reclassification shall be accompanied by a written request for reclassification and directed to Human Resources.
3.2.4 Salary Adjustments for Increased Years of Training
The adjustment dates for reclassification due to increased post-secondary education, shall be the opening day of the school year or February 1. Upon obtaining the required education, the teacher must submit proof of qualifications in the form of a TQS evaluation. The teacher must submit proof prior to November 30 to receive a retroactive adjustment effective the opening day of the school year or prior to April 30 to receive a retroactive adjustment effective February 1. Failure to do so will result in adjustments being made on the first of the month next following the month of submission, unless the submission of proof is beyond the control of the teacher.
In moving from one category of teacher education to a higher one, the teacher shall be placed on the same numbered step in the higher category.
3.2.5 Career and Technology Studies
The Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority shall have discretionary power to place, on any step of the basic salary schedule in the category determined by the Teacher Salary Qualifications Board, any teacher who is recruited from industry to teach programs in Career and Technology Studies, providing the teacher has successfully completed the teacher training courses provided by the universities of Alberta or their equivalents, in the opinion of the Chief Superintendent or delegated authority.
The Board reserves the right to adjust the grid placement of a teacher who holds a valid journeyman's certificate or its equivalent, and who teaches any Career and Technology Studies courses at the senior high school level for which the possession of such journeyman's qualifications is a requirement.
Any teacher holding grid placement which includes a category or step adjustment for technical proficiency or experience, who requests and receives approval for a transfer to a teaching assignment which no longer includes any Career and Technology Studies courses, shall be placed on the appropriate step and the appropriate category of the basic salary schedule in accordance with the number of years of teaching experience and the applicable Teacher Qualifications Service Evaluation as at the effective date of transfer.
If a teacher, transferred in accordance with clause 126.96.36.199, requests and receives approval for transfer back to a Career and Technology Studies assignment, the former placement shall apply together with earned increments and category changes, if applicable. However, the salary plus the vocational allowance shall not exceed the maximum of the applicable category.
3.2.6 Discretionary Provisions
The Board reserves the right to consider any application on its merits, and to fix the initial salary above the schedule should it appear in the interest of the Board to do so, provided that the President, Calgary Public Teachers Local 38 is informed as soon as possible.
3.3 Salary Payment
The Board shall pay each teacher one-twelfth (1/12) of each teacher’s annual salary on the third last school day of each month except June, July and August. Two (2) payments will be made on the third last school day of June and one (1) payment on the third last day of July. Payment shall be by direct deposit to a bank account of each teacher’s choice.
3.4 Year-Round and Modified Calendar Schools
Pay Schedule – Teachers at year round and modified calendar schools under contract with the Calgary Board of Education shall receive their pay based on the regular pay schedule for all teachers. Newly hired teachers or those teachers returning from an unpaid leave shall be entitled to a “transitional payment” in July and/or August provided that there is a minimum of 6 or more scheduled work days in the month in which the teacher is hired or has returned from an unpaid leave. The total value of this transition payment(s) will be recovered from the 12 regular salary payments described in clause 3.3 above. Teachers in receipt of a transition payment(s) who do not work an entire school year shall have the value of any outstanding balance deducted from the final salary payment during that year. In subsequent years of employment, teachers will receive 12 regular salary payments starting in September and in accordance with clause 3.3.
In any article or clause where the term “summer vacation” is used, “summer vacation” shall be read as “vacation period”.
Vacation Periods - The amount of vacation entitlement for teachers at year round and modified calendar schools who are in receipt of an administrative or supervisory allowance shall be equivalent to that available to teachers in traditional calendar schools. The timing of vacation periods shall be agreed upon between the teacher and the principal or where the teacher is a principal, between the principal and the Chief Superintendent of Schools or Area Director. The Principal in a year round school, while away on vacation, shall be replaced as per clause 4.7.
No teacher shall benefit nor suffer loss as a result of being assigned to a year-round or modified calendar school.
4. ALLOWANCES - SCHOOL PERSONNEL
4.1 Principal Allowance
In addition to the salary earned as a teacher, a Principal shall receive the applicable allowance, based on the total staff of the school supervised by the Principal as follows:
Fewer than 30
30 or More but Fewer than 40
40 or More but Fewer than 50
50 or More but Fewer than 60
60 or More
Sept. 1, 2012
Sept. 1, 2015
The size of the total staff of the school supervised by the Principal is determined as of September 30 of each year.
Part-time staff supervised by the Principal are to be included on a pro rata basis in calculating the appropriate allowances where they equate to full-time equivalents in a school.
4.4 Assistant Principal Allowance
Effective September 1, 2012, in addition to the salary earned as a teacher, each Assistant Principal shall receive an allowance of seventeen thousand one hundred fifty-one ($17,151). Effective September 1, 2015 in addition to the salary earned as a teacher, each Assistant Principal shall receive an allowance of seventeen thousand four hundred ninety-four ($17,494).
Schools shall have the following administrative personnel in addition to the Principal:
10 or more total FTE teaching staff excluding the Principal
1 Assistant Principal
17 or more total FTE teaching staff excluding the Principal
1 Assistant Principal and
1 Vice Principal
provided however, that in larger schools the administrative organization may consist of a Principal and Assistant Principals, together with such other officials as may be necessary or desirable for the efficient functioning of the school. The Principal and staff of a school, in consideration of the school’s educational needs, may make application to the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority for the appointment of two (2) or more Learning Leaders in lieu of a Vice Principal where the school is entitled to such an appointment.
No decrease shall hereafter be made in the salary of a Principal in consequence of a reduction in the staff of his or her school, if such Principal has been employed continuously in the service of the Board for a period of not less than twenty (20) years nor, in other cases, until such time as it appears to the satisfaction of the Board that such reduction is likely to be of considerable duration.
A teacher who is appointed to the responsibilities of a position with an administrative allowance for more than five (5) consecutive school days shall be paid the administrative allowance of the appointed position for the duration of the acting assignment.
4.8 Annual Allowances
September 1, 2015
Effective September 1, 2012, teachers who serve concurrently in two (2) or more schools not located on the same campus shall receive in addition to their applicable regular salaries, an allowance of $1,211 and effective September 1, 2015 an allowance of $1,235. This allowance does not apply to teachers who report to a supervisor in a central or area office.
No teacher shall suffer a loss of salary and administrative allowance(s) due only to any reorganization taking place during the currency of this agreement. If an administrative appointment is terminated as a result of a reorganization, the salary and allowances of the affected teacher shall be red circled for a period of up to three (3) years from the date of reorganization.
Red circling means the maintenance of the teacher’s salary and allowance(s) prior to the reorganization until such time as the teacher’s salary and applicable allowance(s) under the collective agreement exceed the red circled amount or the expiry of three (3) years, whichever occurs first.
4.11 Principal Allowance - Schools with Third Party Service Providers
Effective September 1, 2010, the parties agree that the Principal assigned to the following schools will receive an annual allowance of ten thousand dollars ($10,000) and effective September 1, 2015, ten thousand two hundred ($10,200) in addition to the salary earned as a teacher and the applicable allowances under article 4:
. Children's Village School
. William Roper Hull School
. Wood's Homes School
The purpose of the allowance above is to recognize the Principal's responsibility for ensuring one or more third party service providers deliver the clinical and therapeutic services as specified in the contract between the Calgary Board of Education and the provider. The Principal shall be paid the allowance above for the duration of their assignment to the school listed above.
5. ALLOWANCES - OTHER PERSONNEL
In addition to the salary earned as a teacher, incumbents of the following positions shall receive the applicable annual administrative allowance as outlined below:
A teacher appointed to the position of Consultant on or after December 18, 2007, shall be paid the teacher's current salary and allowances or the teacher's current salary plus the allowance for a Consultant as set out in clause 5.1, whichever is greater.
A teacher appointed to the position of Consultant before December 18, 2007, shall be paid the allowance for a Consultant set out in clause 5.1 in addition to the teacher’s salary and allowance at the time of appointment.
No teacher shall suffer a loss of salary and administrative allowance(s) described in clause 5.1 due only to any reorganization taking place during the currency of this agreement. If an administrative appointment is terminated as a result of a reorganization, the salary and allowance(s) of the affected teacher shall be red circled for a period of up to three (3) years from the date of reorganization.
Red circling means the maintenance of the teacher’s salary and allowance(s) prior to the reorganization until such time as the teacher’s salary and applicable allowance(s) under the collective agreement exceed the red circled amount or the expiry of three (3) years, whichever occurs first.
6. ADMINISTRATIVE APPOINTMENTS AND DESIGNATIONS
Subject to clauses 6.2, 6.3, 6.4, 6.9, 6.10, 6.11, 6.12 and 6.13 of this agreement, all administrative designations and appointments shall be continuing unless removed by the Board in accordance with this agreement and the School Act (RSA 2000).
Teachers appointed to an administrative designation shall be appointed to that designation on a probationary basis for up to one year to determine the teacher's suitability for a continuing designation.
Teachers may be appointed to a second year of an administrative designation on a probationary basis upon mutual consent. Reasons for a second probationary year shall be provided in writing to the teacher within thirty (30) operational days of the notification.
The Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority may recommend the removal of a probationary designation referred to in article 6 provided the removal of this designation adheres to the School Act and processes and criteria described in Appendix “B”.
Removal of a probationary designation or failure to grant a continuing designation referred to in article 6, is subject to the arbitration procedure as outlined in clauses 22.8 to 22.16.
The evaluation process for administrative designations and appointments will adhere to Appendix “B”.
Teachers with continuing administrative appointments and designations shall, in the event of a termination of designation, refer any appeal to a Board of Reference under the School Act. The provisions of the grievance and arbitration procedure in article 22 shall not apply to continuing administrative appointments.
Upon resignation, termination or expiration of an administrative designation, the teacher shall be returned to a position no less favorable than occupied immediately prior to the appointment to the administrative designation provided the teacher's contract of employment continues in force pursuant to the School Act.
6.9 One Year Term - Subject to Re-appointment
Learning Leaders shall be appointed until June 30th and are subject to re-appointment each year.
6.10 Non Renewal Positions
Specialists and Consultants are appointed on the basis of three (3) year term appointments which may be extended in exceptional circumstances by the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority for additional periods of time mutually agreeable to both parties.
Teachers appointed to a continuing designation as Specialist prior to December 18, 2007, will maintain their designation.
6.11 System Principal
Effective September 1, 2010, a teacher appointed to the position of System Principal shall be paid the teacher's current salary and allowances or the teacher's current salary plus the allowance of a Principal of a school with a staff fifty (50) or more but fewer than sixty (60) teachers whichever is greater. Such position shall be term specific.
6.12 System Assistant Principal
A teacher appointed to the position of System Assistant Principal shall be paid the teacher's current salary and allowances or the teacher's current salary plus the allowance of an Assistant Principal set out in clause 4.2 whichever is greater. Such position shall be term specific.
Vacancies in administrative positions created by temporary absences may be filled on an acting basis.
Teachers with acting designations are eligible to apply for available administrative positions.
7. PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO TEACHERS EMPLOYED AS SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS
7.1 Substitute teachers shall be paid:
Half days will be paid at 50% of the full-day rate.
A substitute teacher who accepts a job that begins at or before 10:30 a.m. and ends after 12:30 p.m. will be paid for a full day and cannot accept another assignment for the same date.
Substitute teachers employed for a period of two (2) consecutive teaching days or more, as a replacement for a specific teacher, shall be placed on the basic salary schedule, according to teacher qualifications and experience, on the second (2nd) and consecutive subsequent days in the same assignment. The application of this provision shall not result in a reduction in earnings for the first day of the assignment.
This period of consecutive employment during the school year shall not be considered interrupted or non-consecutive, if a holiday, teachers' convention, professional day or such other system-regulated break interrupts the substitute teacher's continuity in the classroom.
By August 1 of each year, a substitute teacher shall be issued a statement of the number of days taught during the past school year.
The Board agrees to provide a group benefits plan for substitute teachers. The group benefits plan refers to life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment, extended health care benefits (hospitalization and major medical) and basic dental insurance. The cost of the benefit plan premiums shall be one hundred (100%) percent paid by the substitute teacher. Participation in the plan shall be a condition of employment for all substitutes who are not enrolled in plans outlined in articles 20 or 21 of the collective agreement.
Should a substitute teacher be unable to work as a result of an injury sustained while performing his/her duties for the Board, the teacher shall be paid an amount of money equal to the per diem rate specified in clause 7.1 up to a maximum of twenty (20) consecutive teaching days immediately following the injury, provided the inability to work as a result of the injury is verified by a physician who is acceptable to the Board. Upon receiving written verification of this injury causing the absence from work, the Board shall pay for the cost of completing the necessary documentation up to the maximum amount specified in the Alberta Medical Association guidelines.
Substitute teachers who have attained a minimum of 300 days of satisfactory teaching service with the Board in the previous seven (7) years, and who have not been placed on the substitute roster at the start of the next school year, shall upon request, be notified of the reasons in writing.
Substitute teachers who are requested by the Department of National Defence (DND) for military service shall be returned to the substitute roster, upon their request. Teachers with a temporary contract who are requested by the Department of National Defence for military service shall be considered as a viable candidate for any appropriate vacant position that is consistent with their previous teaching experience, upon their request.
Substitute teachers who are advised by school administration when the substitute teacher arrives at the school that their services are no longer required, shall be paid the half day rate.
Substitute teachers required to travel by personal vehicle between assignments to provide service at two or more school sites in a single day shall be eligible to claim travel expenses on the same basis as other eligible employees of the Board.
8. PROVISIONS APPLICABLE TO TEACHERS EMPLOYED IN CHINOOK LEARNING SERVICES, SUMMER SCHOOL PROGRAMS AND OTHER CALGARY BOARD OF EDUCATION SPONSORED ACTIVITIES
8.1 Chinook Learning Services
During the term of this collective agreement, the Association and the Board agree that, except for Articles 8 and 22, this Agreement shall not apply to Chinook Learning Services’ teachers who are paid on an hourly rate.
Upon request to the Principal of Chinook Learning Services or designate, an Adult Academic Program (AAP) teacher shall be issued a statement reflecting the number of hours taught during the past school year.
When a Certificate of Qualifications as a teacher, as issued under the School Act, is required as a condition of employment for teachers employed on an hourly basis, the teacher shall be paid the following hourly rates.
Teachers who have less than five (5) years of continuous years of employment with the Board shall receive four percent (4%) vacation pay added to the hourly amount. Teachers who have five (5) or more continuous years of employment with the Board shall receive six percent (6%) vacation pay.
Five (5) years or more continuous employment means one (1) course taught in each of two (2) semesters each year for five (5) years or more.
Sept 1, 2015
Teachers designated to supervise summer school programs shall be paid a sum four hundred and forty-two dollars and twenty-five cents ($442.25) for each day worked. Effective September 1, 2015 this rate becomes four hundred fifty-one dollars and ten cents ($451.10)
The Board agrees to pay one (1) hour, at the regular rate, to teachers employed in Chinook Learning Services for each full block of fifteen (15) hours instructional time, or prorated part thereof, served by such teachers in the employ of the Board. This is unassigned time in recognition of non-instructional duties.
The Board agrees to pay of one (1) hour, at the regular rate, to teachers employed in Chinook Learning Services for each full block of thirty (30) hours instructional time, or prorated part thereof, served by teachers in the employ of the Board. This payment is limited to teachers who instruct in the Adult Academic, English as a Second Language, or Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada programs. This payment is in lieu of benefits.
The Board agrees to pay annually a long service award of one hundred dollars ($100.00) to a teacher who has provided instruction for ten (10) or more semesters at Chinook Learning Services. The Board agrees to pay annually a long service award of two hundred dollars ($200.00) to a teacher who has provided instruction for twenty (20) or more semesters at Chinook Learning Services.
Notwithstanding clause 8.2, where the Board offers a teacher employed at Chinook Learning Services the opportunity to complete non-instructional duties and the teacher accepts, the teacher shall be paid one-half (1/2) of the applicable hourly rate in clause 8.2 per hour of duties.
Upon request, all new appointees to the teaching staff shall submit:
a) A valid Alberta teaching certificate or letter of authority
b) A birth certificate
c) A medical certificate of sound health on a form provided by the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority
d) Proof of previous teaching experience from previous employer(s),
e) Evidence of teacher qualifications in the form of a TQS evaluation, and
f) Any other information which may be required for official record purposes.
Teachers who change their names during the school year shall provide Human Resources with appropriate evidence (e.g., copy of marriage certificate, at the time of request for change). Data must be submitted promptly, especially when a change in teaching certificate is applicable.
The Board will endeavour to provide a contract of employment to each teacher prior to the teacher commencing duties. Each teacher will endeavour to sign and return said contract within 24 hours of receipt.
The Board shall ensure an electronic copy of the current Collective Agreement is available to all teachers.
Seniority will be considered along with other factors in determining promotions but on no account will be considered the most important factor.
Seniority will have greater weight when comparing persons with relatively little service than when comparing persons with many years of service. All persons with twenty (20) years or more service will generally be considered to have equal seniority.
Total teaching experience will be considered as a factor in determining promotions.
Nothing herein shall in any way restrict the Board from making promotions based on ability and merit.
Teachers unable to carry on their duties, due to causes covered by the terms of the Agreement, shall give, if possible, at least two (2) hour's notice to Human Resources before school assembles, so that proper substitutes may be obtained. Before returning to duty, the absent teacher shall notify Human Resources of such intended return. If returning for the morning sessions, the notification must be given before 6:00 a.m. and for afternoon sessions, before 10:00 a.m. Failure to observe this regulation shall result in the loss to the teacher of one-half (1/2) day's salary whether the substitute teacher is required or not, provided however, at the discretion of the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority, after investigations of the circumstances, the charging of a substitute teacher's salary may be waived.
Teachers will render service for not more than two hundred (200) consecutive days, commencing the opening day of school in each school year, exclusive of vacation periods, weekends and holidays.
Notwithstanding the above, it is recognized that teachers who are in receipt of an administrative or supervisory allowance, shall accept the professional responsibility of having their schools operational on the opening day of school each school term, semester or other division of the school year.
In a like manner, such teachers shall accept the professional responsibility of completing all activities connected with school closing.
Notwithstanding clause 9.6, a teacher who is not in receipt of an administrative or supervisory allowance who renders service during a vacation period, at the request of the Chief Superintendent of Schools, or the delegated authority, shall be paid 1/400th of the teacher’s total annual salary for each half day of work or be given equivalent time off in lieu.
Notwithstanding clause 9.6, a teacher who is in receipt of an administrative or supervisory allowance who renders service during a vacation period, at the request of the Chief Superintendent of Schools, or the delegated authority, shall receive time off in lieu during the school year for the actual time worked or be paid 1/400th of the teacher’s total annual salary and allowances for each half day of work.
Except for Learning Leaders, Strategists and Consultants who only receive the basic allowance in clause 5.1 in addition to their grid salary, teachers appointed to administrative or supervisory positions and assigned to Board administrative offices which operate on a year round basis shall be entitled to an annual vacation of not less than six (6) weeks, exclusive of the week between Christmas Day and New Year's Day. The length of vacation shall be determined by the workload of the office and the teachers shall be so informed prior to April 30 of each year.
When a teacher is transferred pursuant to Section 104 of the School Act, or any enactment substituted therefore, the Chief Superintendent of Schools, or the delegated authority, shall, upon written request of the teacher, give, in writing, the Board's reason or reasons for the transfer.
9.8 Reduction of Teaching Staff
In the event that a reduction in teaching staff is necessary, the Board will seek to effect this reduction through attrition.
Where a reduction in teaching staff and system program cuts cannot be achieved by attrition, system seniority will be the sole determining factor.
Teachers subject to termination shall be offered involuntary leave based on the agreement between the Association and the Board included as Appendix "C".
Teachers shall be offered involuntary leaves based on seniority. Those teachers who choose not to accept an involuntary leave shall be terminated in accordance with Board policy and the School Act. Employees who take the involuntary leave shall be eligible for recall based on field of employment (as determined by Staffing) and secondly on seniority within the field of employment. Refer to Appendix "C" of this agreement for guidelines relating to involuntary leaves.
The following types of service with the Board will be used to calculate system seniority for teachers on a continuing contract of employment:
a) All broken or continuous service covered by this collective agreement while teaching on continuing, interim, temporary or probationary contracts of employment
b) Substitute teaching and/or Adult Academic Program teaching
c) Paid sick leaves
d) Professional improvement leaves and/or fellowships
e) Maternity and/or adoption leaves, each of up to six (6) months
f) Exchange teaching and/or service provided as university associate and/or while on secondment to other organizations
g) ATA duty and/or DND service and/or jury duty
h) Authorized leaves of thirty (30) working days or less.
A teacher shall only be entitled to accumulate one year of service per school year.
For positions requiring a journeyman's ticket, private sector experience as outlined in Article 3, shall be used to calculate additional seniority while employed in such a position.
In the event of a tie, any teaching service within Canada that requires a teaching certificate as a condition of employment shall be counted for seniority.
The Board will undertake to produce a system seniority list of all teachers covered by this collective agreement. A copy will be given to the Local. Upon request, individual teachers will receive a statement of accumulated system seniority (years plus months). Teachers will be expected to verify the accuracy of these statements.
Where agreement cannot be reached regarding the accuracy of an employee's system seniority statement, the employee has the right to appeal under the provisions of Article 22 of this collective agreement.
Where system seniority is a consideration, the definition of seniority in clause 9.9.1 will be used.
10. GENERAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE
Upon application by the teacher a general leave of absence may be granted at no cost to the Board for a period of up to one (1) year.
Applications shall be submitted to the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority by March 15th of the school year prior to the commencement of the leave, except in the event of emergent or unforeseen circumstances.
A general leave may be extended for an additional period upon written application by the teacher and upon approval by the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority. Requests to extend a general leave of absence shall be submitted by February 15th of the school year of the general leave.
Should the application be refused, the applicant will be given a letter stating the reasons for refusal.
Upon request, a teacher may, with prior approval of the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority return to duties in advance of the scheduled return date provided a suitable position is available.
Each teacher, scheduled to return to duties at the start of the school year following a general leave of absence, shall notify the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority in writing by March 15th of the previous school year confirming the teacher’s decision to return to duties.
Each teacher, scheduled to return to duties at any time other than the start of a school year following a general leave of absence, shall notify the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority in writing, at least sixty (60) calendar days prior to the scheduled return date confirming the teacher’s decision to return to duties.
Each teacher, scheduled to return to duties following a general leave of absence granted in the event of emergent or unforeseen circumstances, shall notify the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority in writing, at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the intended return date confirming the teacher’s decision to return to duties.
Teachers who fail to provide the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority with written notice of their intention to return to duties, by the relevant deadline specified in 10.5, 10.6 or 10.7, will be sent a letter by registered mail to an address agreed upon by the teacher and Human Resources staff at the commencement of the leave indicating that the teacher must within forty-five (45) calendar days of the date the letter is mailed advise the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority, in writing, confirming the teacher’s decision to return to duties on the scheduled date. A teacher who indicates an intention to resign shall provide 30 days written notice of termination of contract as per section 108 of the School Act.
If a teacher does not respond within the time limit specified in clause 10.8 that teacher’s contract of employment will be deemed to be terminated by mutual consent pursuant to section 106 (2) of the School Act.
A teacher granted leave shall be on leave from the school district and not from a particular position. Placement upon return from leave shall be in the position held prior to the commencement or, if not available, in a position consistent with the previous experience of the teacher or one consistent with the training gained by the teacher while on leave. The applicable salary shall be in accordance with the statement of qualifications issued by the Alberta Teachers’ Association Teacher Qualifications Service at the time of re-commencement of duties. A teacher who held a continuing administrative designation and who received an allowance just prior to the leave shall be so designated upon return if such a position is available. Only when so designated shall the teacher receive the applicable allowance for that designation.
Increments will not be credited to a teacher for the period of the leave unless the teacher is actively engaged in teaching during the leave period and meets the requirements of the experience increment provisions as per Article 3 of this Agreement.
11. DEFERRED SALARY LEAVE PLAN
The Board in consultation with the Association shall offer to all teachers on a continuing contract a Deferred Salary Leave Plan.
A teacher granted a Deferred Salary Leave shall be on leave from the school district and not from a particular position. Placement, upon return from leave, shall be in the position held prior to commencement or, if not available, in a position consistent with the previous experience of the teacher and/or one consistent with the training gained by the teacher while on Deferred Salary Leave.
It is understood that increments will not be credited to a teacher for the period of leave under this Article unless the teacher is actively engaged in teaching during the leave period and meets the requirements of the experience increments provisions as per Article 3 of this Agreement.
A teacher's benefits will be maintained by the Board during his/her leave of absence. The teacher shall pay to the Board the full cost of any benefit premiums paid on the teacher’s behalf.
12. LEAVE – PRESIDENT, THE ECONOMIC POLICY COMMITTEE CHAIR AND ONE OTHER LOCAL OFFICIAL OF THE CALGARY PUBLIC TEACHERS LOCAL #38, ALBERTA TEACHERS' ASSOCIATION
Upon request for leave, the President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall be seconded from the Board to the Local.
There shall be no cost to the Board during the period of leave.
The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall be entitled to one (1) experience increment for each year of this leave.
The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall be listed as a member of the Board's teaching staff.
The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall receive an applicable salary from the Board according to the collective agreement and shall be subject to its provisions. Notwithstanding other provisions of this collective agreement, the Local, may determine a higher salary or allowance which will be communicated to the salary administration department of Human Resources for payment. The Local, shall reimburse the Board for any salary and allowance paid under this provision at such periods as the Board may request. Higher salaries and allowances paid under this provision will not be red-circled.
The rights and privileges of such group plans as are specified in the Collective Agreement shall be maintained and continued as for other teachers. All normal deductions such as pension, income tax, and professional fees shall be maintained as for any other teacher.
The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall retain such seniority on the Board's staff as has been established prior to accepting the Presidency or the Economic Policy Committee Chair or other designated position. The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall be considered for promotions as if still teaching. The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair or one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall be returned to the position held prior to the commencement of leave, or if not available, to a position consistent with his/her previous experience.
Where the President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, held an administrative designation and received an allowance as per Articles 4 and 5 of this Agreement, the designation and conditions in effect at the time of secondment and allowance shall be reinstated upon return. Where an administrative position is not available, the President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall retain the designation and applicable allowance and be provided with the first suitable position available.
The President, the Economic Policy Committee Chair and one other Local official, as designated by the Local, shall advise the Chief Superintendent of Schools, as soon as possible, when an extension is applicable due to re-election or re-appointment.
13. PROFESSIONAL IMPROVEMENT FELLOWSHIP
Professional Improvement Fellowships shall be granted for the pursuit of university or other formal academic studies. They also shall be granted to enable the teacher to obtain specific skills training, or carry out an approved research project. Fellowships are granted for activities of up to one (1) year’s duration subject to the limitations outlined in this article. A portion of the Fellowship may be taken as a research grant pursuant to prevailing Income Tax Regulations.
13.1 Eligibility for a Fellowship
Teachers on continuing contracts of employment are eligible for and may apply for a Professional Improvement Fellowship for activities of one (1) year's duration provided they have been employed by the Board as a teacher for a period of at least seven (7) consecutive years, immediately preceding the commencement of the Fellowship.
Teachers on continuing contracts of employment are eligible for and may apply for a Professional Improvement Fellowship for activities of up to one-half (½) year's duration provided they have been employed by the Board as a teacher for a period of at least five (5) consecutive years immediately preceding the commencement of the Fellowship.
Fellowships shall be granted to teachers who meet the established criteria and whose applications are deemed by the Review Committee for Professional Improvement Fellowships, to be for activities which are responsive to the learning needs of students and which will contribute to the professional growth of the teacher. Professional Improvement Fellowships will be recommended only after full consideration has been given to the needs of the school system, to the availability of teacher replacements and to the opportunities for employment upon return from a professional improvement activity.
A teacher may be granted more than one (1) full year Professional Improvement Fellowship provided that such Fellowship is not less than five (5) years from the conclusion of the preceding Fellowship.
Notwithstanding the eligibility requirements specified in this article, the duration of the required period of prior service in clauses 13.1.1 and 13.1.2 may be waived in circumstances identified by the Review Committee.
13.2 Number of Fellowships Available
The total value of the Professional Improvement Fellowships available in any one school year shall not be less than 0.4% nor more than 0.8% of the Salary Grid cost calculated on September 30 of the year prior to that in which the Fellowships are to be provided. Should the total cost of the Fellowships granted by May 1 be less than the amount established as the minimum for that year, the remainder shall be retained in the Professional Improvement Fellowship fund for the subsequent year. The Review Committee for Professional Improvement Fellowships may recommend to the Board and the Local that money allocated to the Professional Improvement Fellowship fund be transferred to the Staff Development Fund. Such a transfer shall be made with the approval of the Board and the Local.
A minimum of fifty percent (50%) of the annual contribution to the fund shall be allocated as pay in lieu of salary for the fellowships granted in lieu of salary for the activities of one-half (1/2) year’s duration or more. This minimum allocation does not apply to the unused portion of the annual contribution retained in the fund for the subsequent year.
No later than November 1st each year, the Board shall provide the Local with an accounting of the fund for the previous school year, indicating the amount:
13.3 Application Procedure
Applications for Fellowships shall be submitted to the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority in the school year prior to the date the activity requiring a Fellowship is to commence. Requests for Professional Improvement Fellowships must be submitted by the following dates:
The Review Committee may invite applications at any time during the year for activities in the current or subsequent year provided that funds are available.
All applications for a Fellowship shall be accompanied by a clear statement of the purposes to be achieved, the expected accomplishments and the documentation by which satisfactory completion of the Professional Improvement Fellowship could be measured.
13.4 Selection Procedure
The Review Committee for Professional Improvement Fellowships shall be established prior to June 30 each year and shall be composed of two (2) representatives appointed by the Local, and three (3) representatives appointed by the Chief Superintendent of Schools. The committee shall:
13.5 Method of Payment
A teacher granted a Professional Improvement Fellowship shall be paid, in lieu of salary, monthly instalments equal to sixty-five percent (65%) of the earnings to which the teacher would have been entitled had the teacher not been engaged in a professional improvement activity and receiving a Professional Improvement Fellowship. The teacher shall have their benefits continue as per Article 20 of this agreement.
Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 13.5.1, the teacher may apply to receive a portion of the Professional Improvement Fellowship in the form of a Board Professional Improvement Fellowship Research Grant. The amount of the grant, not to exceed twenty-five percent (25%) of the value of the Fellowship, will be deducted from the total Professional Improvement Fellowship otherwise payable by the Board.
Notwithstanding the provisions of clause 13.5.1, the Review Committee may approve reimbursement of professional improvement fellowship expenses, including but not limited to tuition, books and materials, travel and subsistence or for related substitute teacher costs.
13.6 Conditions of Fellowships
Teachers desiring to be employed in a remunerative occupation while in receipt of a Professional Improvement Fellowship must receive prior approval by the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority.
The activity for which the Professional Improvement Fellowship is paid shall be deemed to be an assignment. However, the period of time involved shall not count toward the accumulation of teaching experience with the Board for the purpose of awarding increments pursuant to clause 3.2.3.
Upon return from the Fellowship, the teacher shall be reinstated to the position the teacher held when the Professional Improvement Fellowship commenced, or be provided with alternative work of a nature consistent with the previous experience of the teacher or with the training gained by the teacher while on leave, at no less than the salary and allowances that were applicable at the time the leave commenced. The applicable salary shall be in accordance with verified qualifications at the time of re-commencement of duties.
Upon return from a Fellowship, teachers who held a continuing administrative designation and who received an allowance as per articles 4 and 5 of this Agreement at the time the Fellowship was granted, shall be placed in the first suitable position available and shall retain the designation provided the designation continues to exist in the Board.
Upon return from a Fellowship, teachers who held a term administrative designation and who received an allowance as per articles 4 and 5 of this Agreement at the time the Fellowship was granted, shall be placed in the first suitable position available and shall retain the designation provided the designation continues to exist in the Board, for the remaining portion of the term of the administrative designation.
Should a teacher return to service before the expiry date of the Fellowship, clauses 13.6.3 and 13.6.4 of this article shall apply only at the date the Fellowship was originally to expire.
Upon return from a professional improvement activity and prior to re-commencement of regular duties, a teacher shall provide the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority with a resume of the activities or studies accomplished during the period of the Fellowship as evidence of compliance with the application under which the Fellowship was granted.
A teacher granted a full year's Professional Improvement Fellowship shall undertake to return to regular duties at the beginning of the school year following the expiration of the period covered by the Professional Improvement Fellowship, and shall further undertake not to resign or retire from the services of the Board for at least two (2) years after re-commencement of regular duties.
Teachers granted half-year Professional Improvement Fellowships shall undertake to return to regular duties immediately after termination of the period covered by the Professional Improvement Fellowship and shall not resign or retire from the services of the Board for at least one (1) year after re-commencement of regular duties.
Teachers granted Professional Improvement Fellowships for less than one-half (1/2) year’s duration shall undertake to return to regular duties immediately after termination of the period covered by the Professional Improvement Fellowship and shall not resign or retire until the end of the school year or until the end of the next full semester, whichever is the later date after re-commencement of regular duties.
In the event that a teacher does not achieve the purpose of the Fellowship the teacher shall reimburse the Board for the amount of the Professional Improvement Fellowship received. If the teacher resigns or retires at any time before completing the return to service requirements outlined above, the teacher shall pay the Board a percentage of the total value of the Professional Improvement Fellowship equal to the percentage of time remaining in the term of required service.
A one-half (1/2) year General leave may be requested by the teacher in combination with a professional improvement activity of one-half (1/2) year’s duration.
13.7 Conditions of Fellowship – expenses
The conditions of fellowships in the clauses in 13.6 do not apply to a teacher in receipt of a Professional Improvement Fellowship consisting solely of expense reimbursement pursuant to clause 13.5.3
A teacher in receipt of a Professional Improvement Fellowship consisting of expense reimbursement pursuant to clause 13.5.3 must provide the Chief Superintendent or delegated authority with evidence of compliance with the application under which the Fellowship was granted in order for the expenses to be reimbursed.
14. STAFF DEVELOPMENT FUND
A fund in the amount of $1,000,000 is available annually to teachers or groups of teachers for the purpose of professional development. Effective September 1, 2014 this amount is $1,150,000. This fund shall be known as the Staff Development Fund. This amount will be distributed to the Local in two equal amounts. The first amount will be provided during the first business week in September and the second amount during the first business week in January.
The Local shall administer and control the distribution of the Staff Development Fund. The Local shall provide an annual report to the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority indicating disbursement of the funds and staff development priorities.
In the event that unallocated funds in the Staff Development Fund exceed the current year’s annual amount as at August 31 each year, the Board’s contribution in the subsequent year shall be reduced by the amount of the excess.
An advisory committee of four (4) teachers and a representative to be named by the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority will be appointed to review and revise the guidelines for the fund. The committee will meet as required and shall consider and support the staff development priorities of the Board.
Any teacher or group of teachers may make application to the Local in accordance with the guideline processes published by the Staff Development Fund Advisory Committee. Leaves are subject to the need for and the availability of substitute teachers.
15. GRADUATE STUDY LEAVE
Teachers shall be granted temporary leave of absence with pay for graduate study when they are required to leave before the end of June due to enrolment at educational institutions for a program of summer study. The Board shall be reimbursed for the cost of substitute teachers who are employed due to the absence of the applicable teachers. The costs of substitute teachers employed in these situations shall be shared by all teachers who received temporary leaves of absence under the terms of this clause. A teacher’s share of these costs is determined by the number of graduate study leave days taken by the teacher divided by the number of graduate study leave days taken by all teachers times the total actual cost of substitute teachers employed in these situations.
16. PARENTAL LEAVES OF ABSENCE
16.1 Maternity Leave
Upon request, a teacher shall be entitled to maternity leave of absence for a period of up to six (6) months commencing on the date of the birth of the teacher’s child. Maternity leave may be comprised of health-related and non-health-related periods.
A teacher shall give the Board at least one (1) month’s written notice of her intention to take a maternity leave. Such notice shall be accompanied by a medical certificate or written statement from a midwife indicating that the teacher is pregnant and giving the estimated date of birth.
Notwithstanding clause 16.1.1 a teacher may take up to twelve (12) weeks of maternity leave prior to the estimated date of birth. This period of leave will be deducted from the period of maternity leave that would otherwise be available after the birth.
Premiums shall continue to be shared between the Board and the teacher pursuant to article 20 of this agreement, unless the teacher advises the Board of her wish to discontinue participation in the benefit plans.
Upon expiration of the leave provided pursuant to clause 16.1.1, the teacher shall be reinstated in the position the teacher occupied at the time maternity leave commenced, or be provided with alternative work of a comparable nature, at no less than the salary and other benefits that were applicable at the time the maternity leave commenced.
During the health-related period of maternity leave, a teacher shall accumulate experience toward the granting of increments. During the non-health-related period of maternity leave, a teacher shall not accumulate experience toward the granting of increments. A teacher on the accumulative sick leave system shall not accumulate sick leave during any portion of the maternity leave.
The teacher shall receive Supplementary Employment Benefits which, when combined with Employment Insurance Benefits, are equivalent to 100% of salary. The payment of such benefits shall commence on the date of birth of the teacher’s child and will continue during the health-related portion of the maternity leave subject to clauses 16.1.8, 16.1.9, 16.1.10, and 16.1.11.
Supplementary Employment Benefits will be paid for a period up to eight (8) weeks following the date of birth of the teacher’s child provided the teacher is otherwise eligible to receive sick leave benefits.
Continuation of Supplementary Employment Benefits beyond eight (8) weeks following the date of birth shall require a medical certificate pursuant to clause 19.7.
Supplementary Employment Benefits shall be paid during the period in which the teacher is in receipt of Employment Insurance Benefits and shall include full salary during any waiting period up to three (3) weeks prior to receipt of such benefits.
A teacher on a probationary or temporary contract shall be eligible for maternity leave during the term of the teacher’s contract. For the purpose of determining Supplementary Employment Benefit eligibility, the teacher on a probationary or temporary contract shall be treated the same as a teacher on a continuing contract.
16.2 Adoption Leave
Upon request, a teacher shall be entitled to up to two (2) weeks of adoption leave with pay and benefits commencing on the date the child is placed with the teacher for adoption. In addition, the teacher shall be entitled to adoption leave without pay for a period of up to six (6) months.
A teacher shall provide the Board, in writing, with as much notice as possible of the teacher’s intention to access adoption leave. In any event, the teacher shall advise the Board, in writing, at least one (1) month prior to the date that the teacher will commence adoption leave, unless the date of the child’s placement with the teacher was not foreseeable. If the teacher cannot comply with the written notice requirement, the teacher must give the Board written notice at the earliest possible date that the teacher will start or has started adoption leave.
Should a teacher wish to continue participation in the benefit plans during adoption leave, granted pursuant to clause 16.2.1, the premiums shall continue to be shared between the Board and the teacher pursuant to article 20 of this agreement. Notice of the teacher’s intention to continue participation in the benefit plans must be provided to the Board at the same time the adoption leave is requested.
Upon expiration of adoption leave granted pursuant to clause 16.2.1, a teacher shall be reinstated in the position occupied at the time adoption leave commenced, or be provided with alternative work of a comparable nature, at not less than the salary and other benefits that were applicable at the time adoption leave commenced.
During the period of adoption leave, a teacher shall not accumulate experience toward the granting of increments.
A teacher may be granted up to a maximum of three (3) days with pay for the purpose of completing necessary documentation and requirements relating to the adoption and receipt of a child.
16.3 Parental Leave
Upon request, a teacher shall be provided parental leave as an extension to maternity leave or adoption leave. The extended parental leave shall not exceed the balance of the school year in which the extended parental leave commences plus the following school year.
A teacher who has not accessed maternity leave or adoption leave is entitled to a parental leave of up to thirty-seven (37) weeks within fifty-two (52) weeks after the birth of the teacher’s child or after a child has been placed with the teacher for the purpose of adoption. Upon request, a teacher shall be provided with an extension of parental leave. The extended parental leave shall not exceed the balance of the school year in which the original parental leave commenced plus the following school year.
Where both parents are members of the teaching staff of the Board, either or both parents may take the parental leave.
The teacher shall provide the Board with at least one (1) month notice prior to the requested parental leave.
The expiry date of parental leave in excess of thirty-seven (37) weeks will coincide with the commencement of the applicable school year unless some other date is agreed between the teacher and the Board.
Parental leave shall be at no cost to the Board.
While on parental leave of absence, a teacher may access the Board’s benefit plans at no cost to the Board.
Upon expiration of a parental leave, the teacher shall be reinstated in the position occupied at the time the leave commenced or be provided with alternative work of a comparable nature, at not less than the salary and other benefits that were applicable at the time leave commenced.
During the period of parental leave, a teacher shall not accumulate experience towards the granting of increments.
For births or adoptions occurring during the summer break, and for which no maternity leave or adoption leave is taken, parental leave may commence on the first day of the next school year.
16.4 Return to Duties Following Maternity, Adoption and Parental Leaves
A teacher, scheduled to return to duties following a maternity, adoption or parental leave of absence shall notify the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority in writing at least thirty (30) calendar days prior to the scheduled end of the leave, confirming the teacher’s decision to return to duties.
Upon request, a teacher on maternity leave may return to duties before the expiration of six (6) weeks following the birth of the teacher’s child, providing the teacher submits a medical certificate indicating that the teacher is fit to return to work and providing that a suitable position is available.
Subject to clause 16.4.2, upon request, a teacher may return to duties prior to the expiration of maternity, adoption and/or parental leave of absence of fewer than thirty-seven (37) weeks in duration by providing notice in writing at least thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the return date.
Upon request, a teacher may return to duties prior to the scheduled expiration of maternity, adoption and/or parental leave of absence in excess of thirty-seven (37) weeks by submitting notice in writing at least thirty (30) calendar days in advance of the return date and providing a suitable position is available.
A teacher who does not wish to resume employment following the scheduled maternity, adoption or parental leave must give at least thirty (30) calendar days written notice to terminate the contract of employment.
16.5 Leave for Child’s Arrival
Upon request, a teacher shall be granted up to three (3) days leave with pay on the occasion of the birth of the teacher’s child. These days must be taken within two (2) weeks of:
The teacher may choose to take the days consecutively or separately.
17. TEMPORARY LEAVES OF ABSENCE
17.1 With Pay
Compassionate Leave - Leave is granted with respect to major surgery, critical illness or death of a near relative. For the purpose of this Article, the term "near relative" shall be defined as the spouse of the teacher (including common-law spouse as documented in the employee's personnel record with the Board), and the grandparents, parents, brothers, sisters, children, and grandchildren, step children, step parents and step grandparents (and their respective spouses) of the teacher and of the teacher's spouse (including common-law spouse as documented in the employee's personnel record with the Board), and such other persons as the Chief Superintendent of Schools, or the designate of the Chief Superintendent, specifies.
In the event of major surgery or critical illness of a near relative or other family emergency, a teacher shall be granted a maximum of five (5) days leave of absence with pay. For the purpose of this article, “major surgery” shall be defined as a surgical procedure that involves general anaesthesia, spinal anaesthesia or respiratory assistance. For the purpose of this article, “critical illness” shall be defined as a medical condition with a significant risk of death within 26 weeks. For the purpose of this clause, a family emergency shall be defined as an urgent and unforeseen requirement to attend to the care or health of a near relative. Additional leave may be granted, when at the discretion of the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority, circumstances warrant.
Teachers attending the funeral of a near relative shall be allowed up to four (4) days leave with pay. Where the teacher does not attend the said funeral, reasonable leave may be allowed at the discretion of the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority.
Quarantine Leave - A teacher, who is quarantined by order of the Medical Officer of Health for the City, or by a Provincial authority, shall be granted leave with pay if the absences for quarantine are certified by such qualified Medical Officer.
17.1.3 Graduation, Convocation and University Exams
Court Appearance Leave - Teachers shall be granted temporary leave of absence with pay when summonsed or subpoenaed to attend court for the purpose of jury or witness duty or to attend an inquest. Any monies received for the aforementioned duties less actual expenses shall be remitted by the employee to the Board.
The Board may require a teacher who takes leave under clause 17.1 to provide evidence reasonable in the circumstances that the teacher is entitled to the leave. In the event the teacher fails to provide evidence satisfactory to the Board, the teacher’s absence will be personal leave in accordance with clause 17.2.
A teacher is entitled to leave with full pay for religious holy days the observance of which is a reasonable expectation of the religious faith and precludes the teacher from working. It is the teacher’s responsibility to advise the Principal or supervisor of the upcoming religious holy days preferably at the start of each school year or upon commencement of duties if after the start of the school year but at least two (2) weeks in advance. The teacher, Association and the Board recognize their duties in accommodating requests for religious holy day leave.
17.2 With Pay Less the Deduction of Substitute Teacher Pay for each Day of Leave
Personal Leave - Teachers shall be allowed personal leave up to and including five (5) days in any one school year with the loss of substitutes' pay only, and shall be deducted full salary for days absent for personal reasons in excess of five (5) days in any one school year. Effective September 1, 2014, one (1) of the aforementioned five (5) Personal Leave days shall be with full pay and benefits.
The teacher shall advise the principal or immediate supervisor of the scheduled leave, with as much advanced notice as possible but shall endeavour to provide at least two (2) days notice, except where emergent circumstances prevent advance notice. Such notice shall describe the measures taken to meet operational needs.
It is not intended that this leave be used during Teachers’ Convention or to extend holiday periods. A holiday period in this clause shall mean any scheduled break in operational days greater than four (4).
The Board may limit the number of teachers granted personal leave for direct participation in or attendance at a specialist conference at the local, provincial, national or international level.
17.3 Without Pay
Teachers may be granted temporary leave of absence without pay after submitting written application to the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority.
18. JOB SHARING
Where two teachers on a continuing contract wish to share one full-time teaching position, they may apply to the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority for a shared job assignment. Such application must be made no later than March 15th of the school year immediately preceding the year in which the job sharing is to take place.
A shared job assignment may be granted by the Superintendent of Human Resources or the delegated authority in accordance with the following terms:
The proportion of a full-time position taught by each teacher shall be mutually decided by the two teachers and must be agreeable to the Superintendent of Human Resources or the delegated authority.
For the purpose of clause 4.3 of this agreement, the two teachers sharing a teaching position shall be considered as one teacher.
On approval of the application of the teachers, the Superintendent of Human Resources or the delegated authority shall grant the shared job assignment for a guaranteed period of one school year. If the teachers involved wish to return to their previous employment status they must advise the Superintendent of Human Resources or the delegated authority in writing by March 31st of the school year of the shared job assignment that they wish to return to their previous employment status. If teachers in a shared job assignment do not advise the Superintendent of Human Resources or the delegated authority in writing by March 31st of the wish to return to their previous employment status, they will continue in the shared job assignment during the subsequent school year.
At the conclusion of the shared job, the teachers shall return to their previous employment status (e.g. full-time to full-time, part-time to part-time).
In the event that one of the teachers in the shared teaching position ceases to perform his/her teaching duties for any reason whatsoever, the Superintendent of Human Resources or the delegated authority may, upon fourteen (14) days notice in writing, request the other teacher involved to assume the full-time duties of the formerly shared position. Should the teacher refuse, the Board shall find a temporary replacement and the job share agreement terminates at the end of the school year.
19. SICK LEAVE WITH PAY
Sick leave with pay shall be granted to a teacher on account of injury to or the illness or disability of the teacher, or for the purpose of obtaining necessary medical or dental treatment.
A teacher shall, upon commencement of employment under contract, have access to twenty (20) school days of sick leave in their first year of employment. The twenty (20) school days of sick leave will be prorated when the contract of employment is for less than a full school year.
Notwithstanding 19.2, a teacher employed on a probationary contract of employment, who becomes disabled from work and whose claim is accepted and approved by the extended disability carrier, shall be entitled to ninety (90) calendar days of sick leave calculated retroactively to the first date of disability.
For purposes of this Article only, a teacher who has completed eight (8) cumulative months under contract with the Board, and provided that one (1) of the contracts is for four (4) or more consecutive months, shall upon re-employment under contract within a five (5) year period, be considered to be in his/her second year of employment.
A teacher in his/her second year or any subsequent year of employment under contract shall have access to 90 calendar days of sick leave.
Upon return to regular duties following an absence due to illness a teacher shall have access to:
Prior to the second year of employment as defined in clause 19.3, any unused portion of his/her sick leave as per clause 19.2.
In the second and subsequent years of employment as defined in clause 19.3, 90 calendar days of sick leave.
After 90 calendar days of continuous disability due to illness and/or injury, no further salary shall be paid and upon approval of the carrier, the Extended Disability Plan shall take effect.
Notwithstanding the specific provisions of Article 19, a teacher who is eligible to receive Extended Disability Benefits shall receive no further salary and/or allowance from the Board. The Extended Disability Plan shall take precedence.
A Board Certificate of Illness (B016/11/2003) completed by a qualified medical or dental practitioner is required by the Board for sick leave, where the absence is for a period in excess of five (5) teaching days. When a receipt for the cost of completing the certificate is submitted at the same time as the completed Certificate of Illness is submitted, the Board shall pay an amount up to the maximum specified in the Alberta Medical Association guidelines. This certificate shall only be amended by agreement between the parties.
A teacher who has been absent due to illness for 30 or more calendar days shall be required to provide a completed Return to Work Certificate (B028/11/2003) before returning to regular duties. This Return to Work Certificate shall verify that the teacher is able to return to regular duties on a continuing basis. When a receipt for the cost of completing the certificate is submitted at the same time the completed Return to Work Certificate is submitted, the Board shall pay an amount up to the maximum specified in the Alberta Medical Association guidelines. This certificate shall only be amended by agreement between the parties.
The requirement for a medical certificate may be waived by the Board in the event of a declared epidemic or pandemic upon notification to the Association.
The Board shall implement the recommendations of the Sick Leave Committee constituted in the 2007-2012 collective agreement.
19.11 Personal Injury and Property Protection
Where a teacher is absent from work for reason of a disability resulting from an accident incurred at work and during the performance of the teacher's duties, including participation in work sponsored activities external to the teacher's normal place of work in which the teacher is acting as the school authority, a teacher who is on the accumulative sick leave system shall be eligible to receive additional sick leave so that when added to the teacher's accumulated sick leave ensures there will be no interruption of salary for the remainder of the elimination period for the Extended Disability Plan.
Where, as a result of maintaining order and discipline among students, a teacher suffers damage or destruction to clothing, eye glasses or personal property, the teacher shall be entitled to receive reasonable compensation for financial losses incurred. The Board shall determine the amount of compensation, upon being provided with such documentation as may be required.
A rehabilitation program (Coordinated Assistance and Rehabilitation for Employee Support - CARES) is offered by the CBE. Teacher participation is voluntary.
In the event a teacher receives sick leave benefits from the Board as a result of an act or omission of a third party, the Board is subrogated to any right of recovery of the teacher from the third party.
The teacher shall advise the Board in advance of the teacher’s intention to initiate any claim against the third party. If the teacher does not initiate a claim, the Board shall have the right, but not the obligation, to initiate a claim in the name of the teacher.
Upon receipt of a settlement or judgment, the teacher shall pay to the Board the recovered sick leave benefits.
20. GROUP BENEFITS PLAN (The Plan)
The Plan refers to life insurance, accidental death and dismemberment insurance, health benefits (hospitalization, major medical and vision care), dental benefits and extended disability insurance as outlined in the applicable group insurance policies and the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan.
Participation in the Plan shall be a condition of employment for all teachers commencing employment for a full school year.
Notwithstanding clause 20.2, participation in the life, accidental death and dismemberment and extended disability plans shall be limited to teachers employed under contracts of 0.2 FTE or more.
Benefits shall be provided to teachers employed for less than a full school year on the following basis:
for contracts of fewer than ninety (90) calendar days duration, participation in the benefits plan referred to in clause 7.4 shall be a condition of employment on the same basis as that which applies to Substitute Teachers.
for contracts of ninety (90) calendar days duration or more, participation in the group benefits plan outlined in Article 20 shall be a condition of employment on the same basis as that which applies to regular teachers.
Notwithstanding (a), participation in the group benefits plan outlined in Article 20 shall be a condition of employment for a teacher with multiple consecutive contracts of fewer than ninety (90) calendar days duration on the same basis as that which applies to regular teachers, effective upon the commencement of the contract that includes the ninetieth (90th) consecutive calendar day on contract.
Subject to the specified provisions of this agreement, the Board shall contribute 100% of the premium costs for the following benefit plans:
Teachers not participating in the employer’s group plan for Alberta Health Care Insurance will be enrolled or re-enrolled in the group plan effective the first of the month following the date the teacher provides written notice to the Board. The Board will commence payment of Alberta Health Care Insurance premiums effective the date of the teacher’s commencement in the Board’s group plan. The Board will not pay premiums prior to the teacher’s commencement in the Board’s group plan.
The Board shall administer the Plan in consultation with the Health and Wellness Committee.
The Association, upon request, shall be entitled to meet with the Superintendent of Human Resources, or the designated representative, for the purpose of reviewing concerns relating to the Plans applicable to those covered by this agreement.
The Board agrees that no reduction in the amounts of benefits will occur without prior approval of The Alberta Teachers' Association.
Any change in the carrier for the Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment and Extended Disability Plans shall be a shared decision by the parties arrived at through collaboration.
If, during or after the term of this agreement, the premium rates are more or less than the premium rates in effect on the date of signing this agreement, the parties will continue to pay the premiums in the proportions set out in Article 20 unless re-negotiated.
20.9 Health Spending Account
Effective September 1st each year, the Board will provide a health spending account of two hundred and fifty dollars ($250) for each teacher who commences a probationary contract, or temporary contract of one year’s duration between July 1st and September 30th.
Effective January 1st each year, the Calgary Board of Education will contribute seven hundred and fifty dollars ($750) to a health spending account for each teacher on a continuing contract. Effective January 1st each year, the Calgary Board of Education will contribute five hundred dollars ($500) to a health spending account for each teacher on a probationary contract or a temporary contract of one year’s duration.
Eligible teachers shall be actively at work, on maternity leave, on paid sick leave or on extended disability. The Board’s Health Spending Account contribution shall be prorated for teachers on part time contracts. The unused balance will be carried forward to the extent permitted by law. Teachers leaving the employ of the Board will forfeit any remaining balance.
21. RETIRED EMPLOYEE BENEFITS PACKAGE
The Calgary Board of Education Retired Employee Benefit package is available to all eligible employees covered by this agreement.
Teachers who have reached fifty-five (55) years of age, but have not as yet reached sixty-five (65) years of age, and have at least ten (10) years of service with the Board, shall at the time of retirement, be provided with the option to participate in the Calgary Board of Education Retired Employee Benefit Package.
The package includes supplementary health care, dental coverage and life insurance coverage until the employee reaches the age of sixty-five (65) and may include, at the employee’s option, a paid up life insurance policy issued following the employee’s 65th birthday.
The cost sharing of the premiums for this package, at the time of retirement until age 65, for employees who retire on or after September 1, 2009, is as follows:
Length of Service
% Paid by Board
% Paid by Retiree
10 + years
**Notwithstanding the term of this agreement stated in clause 2.1, the provisions of this clause are intended to remain in force beyond the expiry of the 2012 - 2016 collective agreement.
22. GRIEVANCE AND ARBITRATION PROCEDURE
Where a difference arises between the parties to or persons bound by this collective agreement as to the interpretation, application, operation or contravention, or alleged contravention of this agreement, or as to whether such difference can be the subject of arbitration, the Association, or the Board shall have the right to present a grievance. All such grievances must be presented in writing and shall set out the nature of the difference, the article(s) of the agreement which has allegedly been violated and the remedy sought. A grievance shall not be defeated solely because it fails to cite an article, cites an incorrect article of this Agreement, or seeks an inappropriate remedy.
Any individual grievance filed by a teacher must be submitted to Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority with a copy to the President of the Local within fifty (50) working days of the date the teacher first knew of the alleged violation or misapplication. An Association or Board grievance must be submitted to the other party within fifty (50) working days of the date the Association or the Board first knew of the alleged violation or misapplication. Failure to submit a grievance within the time limits specified shall render the grievance inarbitrable. The Grievance Committee may formally consider a grievance which has been submitted beyond the fifty (50) day time limit for grievances, when the Committee decides to do so.
Upon receipt of the grievance, the recipient of the grievance will schedule a meeting within ten (10) working days or such later date as is mutually agreeable, for the parties to meet and endeavour to resolve the difference set forth in the grievance. Within five (5) working days of the meeting, the recipient of the grievance shall provide a written response to the grievance.
If the grievance is denied, the teacher or Association may, within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the grievance response, submit the grievance in writing to the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated authority requesting consideration of the grievance by the Grievance Committee. Failure to advance a grievance within the time limits specified shall render the grievance null and void.
A grievance committee, consisting of the Superintendent of Human Resources or delegated Director and one other Superintendent or delegated Director shall meet as necessary. At least one member of the Grievance Committee shall possess a valid Alberta teaching certificate.
When the Grievance Committee receives notice of the submission of a grievance, it shall provide an opportunity for the teacher and a representative(s) of the ATA and CBE administration to be heard and shall render a decision within twenty-one (21) working days following the receipt of such notice. The Grievance Committee shall dispose of each grievance before proceeding to another, except where the hearing of such a grievance is adjourned for the purpose of obtaining further information.
The Grievance Committee shall forward the Committee's decision to the submitting party, in writing, with copies to the Chief Superintendent of Schools and the President of the Local. When a grievance is denied, the reasons for the denial shall be made known to the submitting party in writing.
If the Grievance Committee does not reach a decision, or the grievance is denied by the Committee, either party to this collective agreement may request arbitration by written notice served on the other party within ten (10) working days after the date on which the decision was rendered by the committee or within ten (10) working days after the expiration of the said period of twenty-one (21) working days specified in clause 22.5, whichever is shorter. If such notice is not served within the time limits specified in this clause, the grievance shall be deemed to be at an end. The parties may, by mutual agreement, consent to postpone the arbitration hearing. Such notice shall contain a statement of the nature of the grievance.
A single arbitrator shall be appointed. Should the parties be unable to agree to the single arbitrator, either party may request the Director of Mediation Services to select the single arbitrator.
At the request of either party, an arbitration board shall be substituted for the single arbitrator. Where an arbitration board is used, each party shall appoint one (1) member as its representative on the arbitration board within seven (7) working days of such notice as specified in clause 22.7 and the two (2) members so appointed shall endeavour to select an independent chair.
If the two (2) members fail to select a chair within seven (7) working days after the day on which the last of the two (2) members is appointed, either party may request the Director of Mediation Services to select a chair.
The single arbitrator or arbitration board shall determine their own procedure and shall give full opportunity to all parties to present evidence and to be heard.
The single arbitrator or arbitration board shall not change, modify nor alter any of the terms of this Agreement, nor shall the arbitrator or arbitration board make a decision which is contrary to the terms of this Agreement. All grievances or differences submitted shall present an arbitrable issue under this Agreement, and shall not depend on or involve an issue or contention by either party that is contrary to any provisions of this Agreement or that involves the determination of a subject matter not covered by, or not arising during the term of this Agreement.
The single arbitrator or arbitration board shall give a decision not later than fourteen (14) working days after the appointment of the single arbitrator or the arbitration board chair except that with the consent of both the Association and the Board, such limitation of time may be extended. The findings and decisions of a single arbitrator or a majority of the members of the arbitration board shall be the findings and decisions of the single arbitrator or arbitration board and shall be binding on the parties. If there is no majority, the decision of the chair shall be the decision of the arbitration board.
Each party to the grievance shall bear the expense of its respective nominee and the two (2) parties shall bear equally the expenses of the chair or single arbitrator.
Where any references in this Article are to a period of working days, such a period shall be exclusive of Saturdays, Sundays, statutory holidays and summer vacation.
By mutual agreement between the Board and the Association, notwithstanding clause 22.3, a grievance may be advanced to arbitration within fifteen (15) working days of receipt of the grievance response in clause 22.2.
By mutual agreement between the Board and the Local any of the dates contained in this Article may be extended.
23. WORKING CONDITIONS
Staff deployment is the responsibility of the principal and his/her staff.
It is understood that teachers are expected to participate in those aspects of student activities which are normal extensions of the classroom program. Also, it is understood that some parameters for extracurricular activities are necessary in order to ensure both the quality of classroom instruction and a viable workload for teachers. The extent of school involvement in extracurricular activities must be determined by the principal and his/her staff. Teachers who have chosen to undertake a specific extracurricular activity shall be committed to that activity for its duration in that school year, unless an emergent situation prohibits continuance.
Effective September 1, 2004, a teacher not in receipt of any administrative allowance will not be assigned duties in excess of thirty (30) hours per week, averaged over the school year. A maximum of one thousand four hundred and thirty (1430) minutes per week, averaged over the school year, shall be devoted to the instruction of students. The remainder of assignable hours shall be devoted to non-instructional duties such as marking, lesson preparation, student interviews, supervision and other related professional duties as the principal may deem necessary for the proper and orderly functioning of the school.
**Effective June 30, 2016, this language is deleted and replaced by the following:
A teacher not in receipt of any administrative allowance will not be assigned duties in excess of thirty (30) hours per week, averaged over the school year. Assignable duties shall be devoted to instruction, marking, lesson preparation, student interviews, supervision and other related professional duties as the principal may deem necessary for the proper and orderly functioning of the school.
The terms of clause 23.3 prior to June 30, 2016, will operate on a without prejudice basis and will not be considered to be a precedent to adversely affect the rights of either the Association or the Board for any purpose.
In each year there shall be two (2) non-instructional organizational days and three (3) non-instructional Professional Development days, the activities of which shall be determined by the staff of each school as described in the Staff Involvement in School Decisions document (Feb 2012, as amended from time to time). The staff may be requested to submit a report as to the fulfilment of the plan of activities to the Director within a reasonable time after each of the five (5) days.
Organizational days are devoted to activities designed to address system, school, department/grade level or individual organizational needs.
Professional Development days are devoted to professional learning. Activities must be connected to best practices for student success, and will consider the CBE three-year plan, the school development plan and teachers’ professional needs.
The Principal is responsible to ensure that activities fit the definition of Professional Development Day and Organizational Day activities as described in the Staff Involvement in School Decisions document (Feb 2012, as amended from time to time).
When all schools in the system are closed to students due to inclement weather, teachers will not be required to report for duty.
24. EMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PREMIUM REDUCTION
The Board and the Association agree that the Employment Insurance Premium Reduction has been shared, in accordance with the provisions of Section 69 of the Employment Insurance Act, through application of the employee share of the savings to offset the cost of other benefits contained in this agreement.
Teachers seconded from the Calgary Board of Education shall be subject to the following provisions. The teacher shall be entitled to experience increments for each year of the secondment. The teacher shall be listed as a member of the Calgary Board of Education teaching staff. The teacher shall receive his/her salary from the Calgary Board of Education according to the Collective Agreement and with the exception of clauses 9.9 and 23.3 shall be subject to its provisions. The rights and privileges of such group plans as specified in the Collective Agreement shall be maintained and continued as for other teachers. All normal deductions (such as pension, income tax, professional fees) shall be maintained as for any other teacher. The teacher shall retain such seniority on the Calgary Board of Education staff as has been established prior to being seconded.
Placement immediately after the period of secondment shall be in the position held prior to the commencement of leave or, if not available, in a position consistent with the teacher's previous experience. A teacher who held a continuing administrative designation and who received an allowance as per Articles 4 and 5 of this Agreement shall be so designated upon return and shall receive the applicable allowance for that designation. Where that designation is not available, the teacher shall retain that designation and applicable allowance and shall be placed in the first suitable position available.
26. GENERAL APPLICATION
Teachers employed on a part-time basis shall be paid salaries and applicable allowances as provided in Articles 3, 4 and 5 proportionate to the amount of time the teacher is employed as it relates to full-time.
No individual covered by this Agreement shall suffer a reduction in total compensation defined as salary plus applicable allowances only because of agreed to change in the allowances outlined in Articles 4 and 5 of this Agreement.
This Agreement cancels all former Agreements and all provisions appended thereto.
Health and Wellness - the Board and Association agree to create and maintain a Health and Wellness Committee that will operate in accordance with the Terms of Reference agreed to by the Committee.
Liaison Committee - The teachers recognize the right and responsibility of the Board to formulate policy. The Board agrees that it will not make changes in present working conditions which are not covered in this Agreement without first having the matter considered by the committee constituted by this clause. This committee shall also consider matters designed to improve the teaching and learning situation or other matters of interest or concern.
The parties agree that Liaison Committee may discuss teacher staffing processes such as opportunities to request transfers, substitute teacher access to temporary contracts and the process of open postings.
This committee shall be composed of five (5) representatives of the Calgary Board of Education and five (5) representatives of the Local, at least one (1) of whom shall be an elected member of the Local Executive.
The committee shall meet at the request of either party at a mutually agreeable time.
The committee shall not deal with Interpretation/Grievance matters nor discuss the modification of the collective agreement or any other matter properly left to the normal collective bargaining process. No agreement, decisions, or action of the committee shall be construed by any party as an interpretation or modification of this agreement.
To the Agreement between The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education
And The Alberta Teachers' Association
RECOGNITION OF NON-UNIVERSITY COURSES FOR SALARY PURPOSES
1. Recognition of Non-University Courses for Salary Purposes
Teachers shall be permitted to retain previously granted credits.
Credits for Calgary Board of Education In-Service Courses shall be recognized for purposes of transfer to salary categories "C" and "D" on the basis of one (1) course being regarded as the equivalent of one-half (½) of a standard university course.
Credit for transfer to Category "D" shall be limited to the equivalent of one (1) university year.
Teachers shall be allowed one (1) year of additional education upon the provision of evidence of an L.T.C.L., A.T.C.L., A.R.C.T., A.M.R.C., A.T.C.M., L.R.S.M., A. Mus. U.A., A. Mus. U.S., or A. Mus. U.M. music diploma, provided that: (1) music shall form part of the teaching or supervisory program of the teacher or be included in assignments beyond the specific class to which the teacher is assigned and (2) the requirements of the diploma are not being counted in any other way for salary purposes.
In-Service Courses shall mean those courses which are approved as such by the Chief Superintendent of Schools.
Letter of Agreement Between The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education
And The Alberta Teachers’ Association
EVALUATION FOR TEACHERS WITH ADMINISTRATIVE DESIGNATIONS
To assist teachers with administrative designations by giving feedback on their performance with the outcome of providing quality learning experiences for all students.
To establish criteria by which the job performance of teachers with administrative designations will be evaluated.
These guidelines will read and apply in a manner consistent with the School Act.
The evaluation of teachers with administrative designations is intended to promote continuous growth and achieve and maintain accountability for quality performance.
Appointments to administrative designations are based on the teacher’s professional performance.
Assessment by the Chief Superintendent of Schools or delegated authority will be conducted according to the rules of natural justice. The concepts of fairness and natural justice are fundamental to an effective performance evaluation process and insure that:
The evaluation procedure is based on identifiable data and must ensure the teacher being evaluated:
The evaluation of job performance shall be based upon achievement of system, school and unit goals and objectives, as well as professional obligations as defined in the following documents:
A Director will be responsible for summative evaluations.
Evaluators will be certificated personnel with administrative responsibility for the administrator being evaluated.
Feedback based on job performance and developmental work will be provided.
The evaluation shall reflect the criteria under which the evaluatee accepted the position, however, at the completion of an evaluation or at any time by mutual agreement, the job description may be changed and subsequent evaluations shall reflect that changed job description.
OFFER OF GENERAL LEAVE OF ABSENCE
For the purpose of avoiding termination of contract teachers, the Calgary Board of Education and the Alberta Teachers' Association agree as follows:
1. Offer of General Leave of Absence
Teachers identified for termination pursuant to clause 9.8 by the Board, will be placed on involuntary leave of absence without compensation under particular circumstances as outlined by this document.
This leave offer is open only to the teachers identified for termination including those teachers referred to in section 5.2 of this document. No substitutions will be permitted.
This leave offer is open for a two week period from the date of offer unless the parties to this agreement agree to extend the time lines.
The general leave of absence for each teacher takes effect on the day following the last day of the school year in which the teacher is being terminated.
Benefits under the current collective agreement continue until August 31 of the year in which the teacher is being terminated. As of September 1 of the same year, the teacher on leave may purchase regular benefits, except Extended Disability, through the Board at full cost.
There shall be no restrictions of any kind on the activity the teacher may undertake while on leave including full or part-time employment of any type with the Calgary Board of Education or any other Board or any other employer.
Teachers declining this offer of a leave of absence will be subject to termination with the opportunity to appeal any decision by the Board to the Board of Reference.
The Board undertakes that every teacher granted a leave of absence pursuant to this agreement shall be offered recall to duty for a period of two years.
3. The Recall Process and Scheduling
Teachers who have accepted a leave of absence under this plan shall be identified on recall lists according to their initial hiring position with the Calgary Board of Education.
Teachers shall be ranked on a particular list according to seniority and tie breakers as already established by the collective agreement in clauses 9.9.1 and 9.9.3.
A teacher may opt to, by submitting a request in writing to Staffing at time of acceptance of the leave, add their name to a second list. Placement on the second list will be conditional upon the Board determining the employee's proven competence (experience and/or training within the past five (5) years).
A teacher may not be on more than two (2) recall lists.
3.5 Categories for Recall
Recall is based on a teacher’s full time and part time status at the commencement of leave under this appendix and then on the basis of the following categories:
Elementary – Kindergarten
Elementary – grades 1-6
Junior High – grades 7-9
Middle School – grades 4- 9
System Classes – special education
Senior High – grades 10 -12
Beginning with the end of the staffing process or July 4 of the year in which the teacher has been placed on leave, whichever comes first, the Staffing Department, Human Resources, will recall to duty the teacher most senior on the appropriate list to fill every teacher vacancy which is identified. Once an offer of recall is made to a teacher, the teacher must accept such offer or lose all other recall rights.
This process will be followed for each vacancy until each teacher on each list has been recalled to duty or has relinquished the leave of absence and resigned.
Teachers recalled for permanent positions September 1 of any school year will be expected to assume the position regardless of the location or level, so long as the assignment is consistent with the teacher's placement on the recall list. Failure to accept assignment except for reasons of health attested to by a physician constitutes a resignation from the service of the Board.
Teachers recalled for, and accepting, permanent positions during the school year, may request a reasonable delay (up to thirty (30) calendar days) in assuming the assignment to make necessary personal arrangements.
Teachers recalled for temporary assignments may accept or decline such assignments without affecting future recall rights. Teachers recalled for a permanent position on a date other than the beginning of the school year may decline such a position. In the latter case, the teacher becomes eligible for recall only for the beginning of the school year.
If there is no teacher on the recall list for a particular subject or position, or if all teachers on the list have declined to accept the assignment, the Staffing Department will fill the position according to CBE practice or policy.
Teachers recalled for part-time temporary assignments or part-time continuing assignments, will not be considered for full-time assignments that come up during the term of the assignment, but shall retain their place on the recall list and may be recalled to full-time duty at the beginning of the school year or at the end of the temporary part-time assignment.
4. Rights and Obligations
Teachers on leave may participate in the benefit plans according to section 1.5 above.
Upon recall, teachers resume their tenured status with the seniority as of the date of commencement of their leave.
Teachers on leave are required to file with the Board an accurate and updated record of their address and telephone number.
5. Other Provisions
This agreement is entered into freely by the parties solely for the purposes expressed in this document and for no other purposes.
Teachers who receive termination notices due to over staffing are also entitled to apply to participate in this leave of absence plan.
Teachers taking advantage of 5.2 will withdraw any appeal to the Board of Reference arising from their termination of employment and the Board will rescind the motion terminating each such teacher's employment.
Teachers declining leave under this agreement are not subject to recall except as decided through the appeal process.
It is the intention of the parties that disputes arising from the application of this agreement shall be resolved through the use of a single arbitrator whose costs shall be borne jointly by the two parties - ATA and CBE. The arbitrator shall be selected jointly by the ATA and CBE within three (3) working days of a dispute arising and the arbitrator shall make his/her ruling within seven (7) working days of accepting the assignment.
LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING
Between The Board of Trustees of the Calgary Board of Education
The ATA REPRESENTATION AND MEMBERSHIP
The above named parties hereby agree that, subject to ratification, the following constitutes mutual agreement between the parties:
If, during the life of this collective agreement, expiring August 31, 2016 the Government of Alberta amends the legislation so as to remove the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s exclusive right to represent teachers for the purpose of collective bargaining, or to remove the Alberta Teachers’ Association’s authority to have employers collect membership fees by payroll deduction, the Calgary Board of Education agrees to negotiate replacement provisions for inclusion in the collective agreement.
LETTER OF UNDERSTANDING
The Board agrees that available, unserviced parking will be assigned to teachers without charge.
RETIRED TEACHERS APPOINTED TO ADMINISTRATIVE, SUPERVISORY OR CONSULTATIVE POSITIONS
When the Calgary Board of Education employs a retired teacher to occupy a vacancy that is expected to be less than 20 consecutive teaching days in duration and the teacher is designated to an administrative, supervisory, or consultative position, the parties agree to the following:
The teacher shall be paid 1/200th of the annual salary in article 3 for each day of work.
The teacher shall be paid 1/200th of the annual allowance in article 4 or article 5 for each day of work, based on the administrative, supervisory, or consultative position the teacher is designated to perform.
Should a teacher be unable to work as a result of an injury sustained while performing his/her duties for the Board, the teacher shall be paid an amount of money equal to the per diem rate specified in this letter up to a maximum of twenty (20) consecutive teaching days immediately following the injury, provided the inability to work as a result of the injury is verified by a physician who is acceptable to the Board. Upon receiving written verification of this injury causing the absence from work, the Board shall pay for the cost of completing the necessary documentation up to the maximum amount specified in the Alberta Medical Association guidelines.
The provisions of the Collective Agreement are not applicable to teachers employed pursuant to this letter of understanding, except as specifically stated above. Where a difference arises between the parties to or persons as to the interpretation, application, operation or contravention, or alleged contravention of this letter of understanding, or as to whether such difference can be the subject of arbitration, the Association, or the Board shall have the right to present a grievance in accordance with article 22 of the Collective Agreement.
CBe LEARN TEACHERS
One (1) Full Time Equivalent (FTE) assignment for instructional and assignable time for teachers in CBe Learn is 585 student credits, determined by multiplying the number of active students by the number of course credits. If the number of courses multiplied by the course credit weight exceeds 20 (ie. 4 courses x 5 credits each), consideration will be given to reducing the number of students. A teacher in CBe Learn may agree to other configurations based on credit value of the courses and determined by shared decision-making as per the Staff Involvement in School Decisions document. A maximum of six hours per week may be assigned to non-instructional tasks such as curriculum development, staff meetings, and other district assigned in-service. This provision does not apply to teachers in a regular classroom setting. The parties shall jointly review the operation of this clause and report back to their respective parties by Dec 31, 2015.
LIEU DAYS FOR PRINCIPALS
Effective September 1, 2013, principals will be granted two (2) paid personal leave day(s) per school year, at a time mutually agreeable to the principal and the superintendent or designate. Failing agreement about whether the dates are mutually agreeable to the principal and Superintendent, the Board shall pay out the unused paid leave days at 1/200th of the principal’s annual salary and allowance by the end of June each year. This letter of understanding expires on June 30, 2016
The Board will introduce the same drug card as provided to all other CBE employees no later than September 1, 2014.
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