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This year the Board has incorporated a new plan to have everyone get their photo taken for FOB (ID) cards to be used for various future functions within the Board and schools. To that end they are demanding everyone get their photo taken within the next while. You already have the dates sent out to you by email for the option of having them taken at Board level, but this is just a very concerned reminder to get it done FOR SURE! If the times don’t jive with your schedule, call your closest school to find out if you can get it done there on their picture day.
Don’t forget the All Members meeting coming up on the 22nd of Sept. You should have those details as well and posters are in the schools detailing that information.
Welcome back to the new school year folks. Hopefully it’ll be a good year for all even though we’re into a new round Negotiations as our contract has expired (August 31). To that end we will be holding an all Unit District Meeting on Monday September 22nd starting at 6pm. This meeting will be held to update members on Provincial Negotiations, strategies, strike actions, and actually a Strike vote for our Occasional Unit. We have been directed by our Provincial Office to do so and it makes sense for us to do it this way as we don’t have regular work sites to plug our votes in anyway. We may try to see if we can get LTOs to vote in their respective schools, but we will let you know in future about that decision.
The venue is the Liberty North Banquet Hall found at 100 Caplan Drive in Barrie. You do not have to RSVP us, just simply show up, listen and subsequently vote.
Hopefully your school year will start off as planned and that you are truly enjoying yourselves.
There has been somewhat of a change in Policy at Board level regarding bus cancellations and Alternate Ed schools. We have reported in several communiques since last June, that you won’t be paid if you go in on Bus Cancellation days. Turns out they now want us to show up to these type of facilities, if one can make it safely in. An Article in our Collective Agreement states that one is not to go in to a school upon buses being cancelled and you will subsequently not be paid at the requested school. Things have changed that way and if you now get a call to an Alt school, listen to the recorded instructions on SCARRI from the absent teacher to see if indeed you are still needed to go to the site.
This comes directly from Laura Lee Millard-Smith, the Principal of Alternate Education.
As everyone is no doubt well aware Bill 115 was used to dictate an MOU (Memorandum of Understanding) upon us, meaning that we now have a mandated contract imposed upon us. This is based on the OECTA deal garnered in the summer months. Most of you as well, already know the details of this settlement, but we will get you details in the near future, plus the Board may do so as well. To our knowledge our local deal is still in place with this imposed contract superseding our local Collective Agreement where there is conflict.
As for our strategy to overcome our advertises we are continuing to not do extra curricular duties, at least until the new Liberal leader is in place. OSSTF is always re-vamping strategies as to what is thrown at us, so please stay tuned to the many emails sent to you by Gail Kingsley our Communication’s Officer. This could be a long fight folks.
Conciliation meeting was Oct 25 and a “No Board Report” will be issued before Nov 2. What this means is that in approximately 3 weeks we will be in a strike/sanction position. To that end we will be ramping up towards that date by holding Strike Rules Committee meetings and massive emails to keep you informed as to what is going on.
There will be and All Teacher Info Meeting on November 14 at Liberty North Banquet Hall in south end Barrie (100 Caplan Drive). It will start at 7pm, please plan to attend to understand what goes on during these situations. All casual and LTO teachers are asked to participate for clarity.
We have had several inquiries about the New Regulation 274/12 regarding the new hiring rules for LTO’s & Contract jobs for Occasional Teachers. The problem is we don’t have much to tell you as the Board isn’t sure what they are doing in this situation either. I attended a Director’s Advisory Council meeting this morning (Oct. 15) and asked the pertinent questions, but the terse response was: we don’t know yet, we are waiting for more info, we are trying to interpret the new language properly, but will try to provide us some answers possibly by the week of October 22nd. Sorry we can’t be more clear about this issue at this time.
It is now possible for occasional teaching staff to “View Status of Completed Casual Assignments” via SCARRI.SFX on the SCDSB staff website. This feature will now allow you to view all details of past assignments, and will be useful when it comes time to check your pay stub. Instructions to access the feature are as follows:
- Log onto the staff website at staff.scdsb.on.ca
- From the Icons at the top of the page choose “Board”
- In the menu to the left of the screen, choose “SCARRI.SFX” to open the SCARRI page
- On that page, there will be a link for “View Status of My Completed Casual Assignments”
- A new page will open allowing occasional teachers to view past absences entered into SCARRI and the payment status of the job
Only supply teachers will be able to view, so depending on your status, you may or may not be able to see the report. I hope this is helpful, and please feel free to email if you have any questions.