Below is the current Collective Agreement between the River East Transcona Teachers’ Association and the River East Transcona School Division. If you have any questions regarding the interpretation of this agreement, please call the RETTA office at (204) 661-1823 – You can download a PDF copy of the collective agreement by clicking here.

It is the intent and purpose of the parties to this agreement (hereinafter referred to as this agreement) to promote and improve the working relations between the River East Transcona School Division and the River East Transcona Teachers’ Association of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society, to establish an acceptable salary schedule and other conditions of engagement resulting from the operation of said agreement, and to provide a basis for both parties to improve the professional and academic services rendered to the school children and the citizens of River East Transcona School Division.

It is by and between the River East Transcona School Division (hereinafter referred to as the Division) and the River East Transcona Teachers’ Association of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society (hereinafter referred to as the Association.

This agreement shall come into force and take effect the first day of July 2014 and shall remain in effect until June 30, 2018, and shall automatically renew itself thereafter from year to year unless either party gives the other written notice, by registered mail, of a desire to replace or amend the agreement. This notice shall be given during the month of April of the contract year of expiry.

3.01
  1. Salary schedules include adjustments as provided for by the Collateral Dental Plan Agreement and the Auxiliary Agreement.
  2. 2018 Grid

3.02 Method of Pay

  1. Teachers employed on a Form 2 or Teacher General contract shall receive their salary payment in twenty-four (24) equal installments payable on the last banking day on or before the 15th of the month and the end of the month.Teachers employed on a Limited Term Teacher contract shall receive their salary in twenty-four (24) equal installments payable on the last banking day on or before the 15th of the month and the end of the month except for the July and August installments which shall be payable on the last teaching day in June.
  2. Where applicable, the per diem rate shall be annual salary divided by the number of school days in a school year.
  3. When a teacher leaves the employ of the Division or is granted long-term leave without pay, the final payment shall be the difference between the product of the number of days taught in the school year multiplied by the per diem rate and the total gross pay already received by the teacher during the school year.
3.03 Placement on Salary Schedule

For the purpose of the salary schedule, except as otherwise provide for in this agreement, teachers shall be classified and placed on the salary schedule according to the classification and years of experience accorded to the teacher by Manitoba Education (based on Manitoba Regulation 515/88).

3.04 Change in Classification

The allowance for additional qualifications shall be paid to a teacher effective from the first day of the month following which evidence is filed with the Secretary-Treasurer that such additional qualifications have been obtained, even though confirmation is delayed by the Administration and Teachers’ Certification Branch of the Manitoba Department of Education. The exception to this is evidence submitted in September, October and November in which case the salary allowance shall be paid retroactive to the first day of the school year.

The onus for providing the Division with satisfactory proof of increased qualifications rests with the teacher concerned.

(previously Form 2A Contracts)

Any teacher employed by the Division on a Limited Term Teacher Contract (previously Form 2A Contracts) for two (2) consecutive full school years, shall, upon an offer of employment by the Division for a third consecutive school year, be signed to a Teacher General Contract and shall be entitled retroactively to seniority and unused sick leave.

Notwithstanding the foregoing, should the Division expect the teacher to be employed in the third consecutive school year for a period of less than three (3) months, the Division may employ such teacher on a Limited Term teacher – General Contract.

“Full school year” shall be the minimum number of days required for a year of experience for teachers as recognized by Manitoba Education.

5.01 A teacher shall proceed from his/her initial salary by annual increments as indicated on the salary schedule until he/she has reached the maximum rate for his/her class.
5.02 Annual increments shall become effective on the anniversary date of the month following a full year’s teaching experience as determined by the Administration and Teacher Certification and Records Branch of the Manitoba Department of Education.
5.03 Vocational Industrial teachers engaged by the Board shall meet the requirements outlined in Manitoba Regulation 55/67 (amended November 1972, 159/72). For the purposes of salary placement and with the approval of the Superintendent of Education, teachers with trade experience past the minimum required to attain Journeyman status or in non-designated trade areas, including the Business Education field, with three years’ work experience, may be granted additional increments as follows: where such additional trade experience contains a training or supervisory component the Superintendent may grant one increment credit for each two years of trade experience, to the maximum of that class.
5.04 Application: Full Time Teacher

  1. Effective the date of signing of this agreement, the Division will apply this Article for all new teachers hired after the effective date of the Agreement.
  2. Teachers who were employed by the Division prior to the effective date of this agreement will remain on the current system of incremental salary adjustments under which they were hired (as per either the River East or Transcona-Springfield school division collective agreement in place as of June 30, 2002).
  3. Teachers on a leave of absence for less than a one-year period shall retain their anniversary date for increment purposes as was established prior to their leave.
5.05 Application: Part Time Teacher

  1. Effective the first day of the fall term 2004, part time teachers shall be entitled to increments in accordance with this Article.
  2. After each year of regular part-time employment each such part-time teacher shall be advanced to the next higher step on the salary scale for their qualifications and shall be paid the percentage of the total salary for that classification or step in the percentage that the workload contracted for bears to a full-time workload.
6.01
  1. Principal’s SalaryA principal’s salary shall be determined as outlined below. Upon effective appointment, the principal shall be paid a total salary and allowance(s) determined as follows:
    1. by educational qualifications and experience as per the basic salary schedule Article 3;
    2. a principal’s allowance as determined by the formula in “Determination of Principal’s Allowance” Article 6; plus,
    3. any other allowance(s) for which the principal is eligible under this Collective Agreement.
  2. Determination of Principal’s AllowancePrincipal’s allowance for schools in the River East Transcona School Division shall be determined by the following formula:

    Principal’s Allowance = Base + (# of students x Student rate) + (# of staff x staff rate)

    This formula will be applied yearly immediately after September 30th staff and student enrolment figures have been determined. Changes in allowances will be retroactive to the beginning of the school year and will be reflected in the October salary payment.

  3. Definition of TermsBase: the base allowance for a school principal identified as being $15,591.00# of students: the total student population in a school as of September 30th of the current year, where each Kindergarten to Senior 6 student equals 1.

    Student rate: $9.69 per student as defined in “# of students”.

    # of staff: the total staff population in a school as of September 30th of the current year, where each teacher, secretary, paraprofessional, library tech/clerk and custodian working 50% or more in a school equals one, and those who are working less than 50% in a school equal 0.5.

    Staff rate: $104.83 per staff as defined in “# of staff”.

  4. Rates
    Fall Term 2017 January 2018
    Base $16,793.47 $17,045.38
    Student Rate $10.44 $10.59
    Staff Rate $112.92 $114.61
  5. Protection of AllowanceWhere a principal or vice-principal, as at September 2007, is earning an annual allowance greater than they would be entitled based on the new principal schedule, then the allowance will be red-circled until the scheduled allowance exceeds the red-circled amount.
  6. John G. Stewart SchoolNotwithstanding the above determination of Principal’s allowance, the Principal’s allowance for John G. Stewart School will be equal to the lowest calculated allowance for the other divisional middle/junior high schools.
6.02 Vice Principal

A Vice Principal shall be paid in accordance with educational qualifications and experience as per Article 3, plus an allowance of fifty percent (50%) of the administrative allowance for that school.

6.03
  1. Principals and Vice-Principals on leave shall return to same or equivalent position.
  2. Change in salary shall be effective upon date of appointment.
  3. In the event of a change in position by a principal or a vice-principal to another administrative position for which the allowance is less, his/her allowance shall remain the same for a period not greater than two years, or until it is exceeded by the new allowance.
6.04 Consultants

Consultants shall be paid an annual allowance above and beyond the salary outlined in Article 3 of this Agreement as follows:

Fall Term 2014 $7,110.42
Fall Term 2015 $7,844.82
Fall Term 2016 $8,001.72
Fall Term 2017 $8,518.90
January 2018 $8,646.68

 

6.05 Directors

Directors shall be paid an allowance per annum above and beyond the salary outlined in Article 3 of this Agreement, according to the following increment pattern:

Fall Term 2016 $20,821.96
Fall Term 2017 $21,134.29
January 2018 $21,451.31

 

6.06 Designated Teacher

In each school in the Division, a teacher will be designated by the Superintendent, in consultation with the Principal, to be in charge of the school in the absence of the Principal and Vice-Principal. Each designated teacher shall receive an annual allowance as follows:

Fall Term 2013 $824
Fall Term 2014 $840.48
Fall Term 2015 $857.29
Fall Term 2016 $874.44
Fall Term 2017 $887.55
January 2018 $900.87

 

In schools where there is no vice-principal the stated annual allowance may be split equally between the designated teachers in the school.

7.01 Department Heads

  1. Department Heads in Senior High Schools may be appointed in any subject area or program area having a minimum of three full time teachers. For the purpose of this Article, teacher count shall be determined by the sum of the FTEs for all teachers assigned to the department.
    January 2018
    Class A (3-6 teachers) $3,085.25
    Class B (7-9 teachers) $4,220.07
    Class C (10+ teachers) $5,310.08

     

    For the purposes of this article, a teacher shall be deemed to be assigned to the Department in which the teacher has the majority of his/her teaching assignment for which there is a Department Head appointed.

  2. The position of department head will be a term position of not more than three years, the length of the term to be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with the Principal. At the end of this term, the position will be bulletined.
7.02 Team Leaders

  1. Team Leaders at the Junior High/Middle Years Schools may be appointed in any grade level and/or program area. The Team Leader Allowance will be calculated as follows:
    Fall Term 2013 $2,182 base plus $154 per FTE teacher on the team.
    Fall Term 2014 $2,225.64 base plus $157.08 per FTE teacher on the team.
    Fall Term 2015 $2,270.15 base plus $160.22 per FTE teacher on the team.
    Fall Term 2016 $2,315.56 base plus $163.43 per FTE teacher on the team.
    Fall Term 2017 $2,350.29 base plus $165.88 per FTE teacher on the team.
    January 2018 $2,385.54 base plus $168.37 per FTE teacher on the team.

     

    For the purpose of this article:

    1. A school’s total FTE shall be defined as the total teaching staff, excluding the administrator(s) and appointed team leaders.
    2. Each FTE will be assigned to only one team.
    3. After the total FTE has been calculated, a partial FTE of less than 2/3 will not be counted; a partial FTE of 2/3 or greater will count as 1.
    4. The position of team leader will be a term position of not more than three years, the length of the term to be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with the principal. At the end of this term, the position will be bulletined.
7.03 Elementary/Early Years Coordinators

  1. Elementary/Early Years Coordinators may be appointed; one for Kindergarten to Grade Three, one for Grades Four to Six, in each elementary school.
  2. The Elementary Coordinator allowance will be:
    Fall Term 2013 $693
    Fall Term 2014 $706.86
    Fall Term 2015 $721
    Fall Term 2016 $735.42
    Fall Term 2017 $746.45
    January 2018 $757.65

     

  3. The position of Elementary/Early Years Coordinator will be a term position of not more than two years, the length of the term to be determined by the Superintendent in consultation with the Principal.
8.01 A substitute teacher is employed by the Division either to replace a regular teacher or to fulfill an assignment which is less than twenty (20) days in duration.

A substitute teacher who has been employed for at least twenty (20) days of extended substitute teaching shall, on the twenty-first (21st) day, be signed to a Limited Term Teacher contract, unless the return of the regular teacher or the conclusion of the substitute assignment will occur within five (5) working days.

A substitute teacher who is called to work and reports for the assignment finding that his or her services are not required shall be offered an alternative assignment of not less than one-half (1/2) day.

Unless otherwise determined at the time of the assignment, or except in unforeseen circumstances, the timetable for a substitute teacher in any extended assignment shall normally be the same as the timetable of the teacher who is being replaced.

8.02 A substitute teacher filling a position for the same teacher for a period of at least five (5) consecutive scheduled working days shall be termed extended substitute teaching.
8.03 Upon commencement of the sixth (6th) day of extended substitute teaching, a substitute teacher shall be paid for each day taught at the per diem rate (to be calculated as 1/x of the salary to which a teacher of the same qualifications and experience would be entitled under the basic salary schedule of the current collective agreement, where x = the number of days in the current school year.

This rate of pay shall be retroactive to the first day of the extended teaching assignment and shall continue in effect until the end of that instance of extended teaching assignment. Such period shall not be interrupted because of in-service or administration days on which a school is declared closed by the Division or on which a substitute is not required to teach because of a school or division activity and such days shall not constitute a break in consecutive days.

8.04 Substitute teachers shall be paid a daily rate, inclusive of vacation pay, according to the following schedule:

January 2018
Classes 4 to 7 $187.57

 

Pay relating to the salary earned by substitute teachers during any month shall be forwarded to those teachers not later than the fifteenth (15th) of the following calendar month.

** Rate to be applied effective the fall term following the date of signing.

8.05 Manitoba Teachers’ Society Fees and River East Transcona Teachers’ Association fees shall be deducted from a substitute teacher’s pay monthly.

The Association shall indemnify and save harmless the Division from any and all losses, costs, liabilities, or expenses suffered or sustained by the Division as a result of any claim or legal action arising from the deduction of local Association fees or Manitoba Teachers’ Society fees.

8.06 A substitute teacher who has been employed for at least nine (9) consecutive days of extended substitute teaching in a school year shall be entitled to one (1) day of sick leave with pay for each nine (9) days taught in that assignment. Sick leave shall not accumulate from assignment to assignment.
8.07 The use of sick leave with pay shall not constitute an interruption of the extended substitute teaching assignment.
8.08 The provisions of the Collective Agreement do not apply to substitute teachers except as expressly provided for in Article 8 – Substitute Teachers.
8.09 The only matters which may be grieved under Article 20 – Settlement of Differences by a substitute teacher or the Association on behalf of a substitute teacher are the provisions of this Article, those other provisions of the collective agreement referenced in Article 8.10, and the substantive rights and obligations of employment-related and human rights statutes to the extent that they are incorporated into this collective agreement.
8.10 The following articles of the Collective Agreement apply to substitute teachers:

Article 1: Purpose
Article 2: Effective Period
Article 3: Salary Schedule
Article 3.04: Change in Classification
Article 12: Committee on Adjustments
Article 14: Meal Period
Article 17: Extracurricular Activities
Article 18: Liaison
Article 20: Provision for Settlement of Differences (only to clauses that apply to substitute teachers)
9.01
  1. Upon hire, part-time teachers shall be placed on the salary schedule in accordance with their classification and years of experience as determined by Manitoba Education (Regulation 5151/88).
  2. Part-time teachers shall be paid an annual salary based upon the percentage that the workload contracted for bears to a full-time workload.
9.02 When a part-time teacher becomes a full-time teacher, the provisions of Article 3.03 and Article 5 shall apply.
9.03 Part-time teachers under contract will be eligible to participate in applicable employee benefits plans.
9.04 Part-time teachers under contract with the Division who are requested by the Division to participate in field trips, professional development activities or staff meetings over and above their regular scheduled assignment during the school day, shall be paid the per diem rate of their salary or portion thereof for such additional time worked.
9.05 Accumulation of sick leave entitlement by part-time teachers under contract will be prorated
10.01

Executive DutiesA teacher, being a member of the Manitoba Teachers’ Society Executive Committee or of the Executive Committee of any branch thereof, or any special committee of the Society, or being appointed an official representative or delegate of the Society, or any branch thereof, and being authorized by the executive committee of the Society to attend a meeting of the committee of which he or she is a member, or to act as a representative or delegate of the Society, or any branch of the Society, in a matter of Society business requiring absence from school, shall have the right to attend such meetings, or to act as such representative or delegate, and shall be excused from school duties for either purpose or both purposes on not more than a total of five (5) teaching days in any school year provided that a satisfactory substitute can be secured and provided that substitute rate is paid to the Division by the Society or the Association. A maximum of one hundred forty (140) days in total may be taken for the foregoing purpose during a school year by members of the Association.

No additional leave of absence in a school year shall be taken for the purposes mentioned above, except with the consent and approval of the Board and provided that a satisfactory substitute can be secured, and provided that the per diem rate of the teacher’s salary is reimbursed to the Division by the Society or the Association.

Five teaching days’ notice shall be given to the Division by the teacher requiring the leave, provided that in the event less notice is given the Division shall not unreasonably withhold its consent for leave.

10.02 Leave for Executive Positions with the Association or The Manitoba Teachers’ Society

  1. The Association President and one additional officer each shall be permitted leave from teaching duties either full time or half time. The amount of leave shall be determined by the Association prior to the beginning of the school year. The Association shall reimburse the Division for the salary paid to the President and the additional officer for that portion of time they are released for Association duties. Upon completion of term they will be guaranteed the same or similar employment position. The Association will also reimburse for the appropriate percentage of allowance, where applicable, benefits (such as E.I., C.P.P., and Group Life Insurance premiums, etc.) and other costs related to the leave of the President or additional officer. Except in the case of a part-time President or officer, the right granted herein shall be in place of and not in addition to the rights granted by Leave of Absence for Executive Duties article of this Agreement. Upon the return of the teacher to the Division, the teacher shall be reinstated in a position no less favourable than the one held by the teacher prior to the leave.
  2. Any person covered by this agreement, who, being elected to The Manitoba Teachers’ Society as President or Vice-President shall upon reasonable notice be granted leave for that term of office, and upon the return of that teacher to the Division, shall be reinstated in a position no less favourable than the one held by the teacher prior to the leave.
10.03 Examinations and Convocations

A teacher may be absent from school without loss of salary for a total of two (2) days in any school year to write examinations in an accredited course in which he/she has been enrolled to improve his/her professional standing and to attend his/her own convocation.

10.04 Major Religious Holidays

  1. A teacher under contract shall be given leave of absence up to a maximum of three (3) days per school year without loss of pay for major religious holy days observed by the teacher and designated as a day of obligation by the teacher’s religion.
  2. Teachers shall not absent themselves from duty for reasons of religious holy days without first notifying the Superintendent or designate.
  3. The following notification period shall apply:
    1. teachers on staff requiring religious holy leaves during the school year shall provide notice in writing on the prescribed form as soon as possible after the start of the school year, however, not later than September 30th;
    2. in instances where religious holy leave is required prior to September 30th in the school year notice shall be given within ten (10) working days after the start of the school year, unless the holy day falls within the first ten (10) working days of the school year where the notice shall not be less than five (5) working days;
    3. where the appropriate notice has not been given religious holy days’ leave will be provided and the teacher’s regular salary will be deducted the substitute teacher rate in the teacher’s salary classification;
    4. teachers employed after September 30th shall give notice within ten (10) working days of commencement of employment.
  4. The parties agree that this article constitutes reasonable accommodation for religious holy leave.
10.05 Other Additional Leave

A teacher may be absent from school for personal reasons under the following conditions:

  1. The length of time must be mutually agreeable to the teacher and the Superintendent.
  2. A suitable substitute can be provided.
  3. At the discretion of the Superintendent the teacher shall:
    1. receive full pay, or
    2. be deducted the per diem of his/her regular pay, or
    3. be deducted salary equal to cost of substitute.

10.06 Jury Duty Service or Witness DutyA teacher who is called upon to serve on a jury panel or as a witness, shall be paid his/her regular salary. The teacher shall be available for duty at his/her school during regular school hours when his/her attendance may not be required at Court and will present proof of jury service or witness duty. Any fee or payment, excluding expenses, received by reason of service as a juror or witness for school days declared by Manitoba Education, shall be forwarded to the Division.

The foregoing is not applicable to the private affairs of the teacher such as private business or marital matters.

10.07 Maternity and Parental Leave Effective the date of ratification,

  1. Every female teacher shall be entitled to maternity leave and every teacher shall be entitled to adoptive leave in accordance with this article.
  2. Every teacher shall be entitled to unpaid parental leave.
  3. Except as otherwise provided herein the Manitoba Employment Standards Code will apply.
  4. The teacher and the Division may mutually agree to extend the length of leave if the teacher so desires. Any such arrangement shall be confirmed in writing by the Division
  5. A teacher taking maternity leave pursuant of this article shall be entitled to receive pay for the period of leave up to seventeen (17) weeks in the amount of ninety percent (90%) of the salary being received at the time leave was taken, this pay to include any benefits received from Human Resources Development Canada to a Supplemental Employment Benefits (SEB) Plan. The implementation of this clause is subject to the successful arrangement of a Supplemental Employment Benefits Plan with Human Resources Development Canada.
  6. In respect to the period of maternity leave, payments made according to the SEB Plan will consist of the following:
    1. For the first two weeks, payment equivalent to 90% of her gross salary, and
    2. Up to fifteen (15) additional weeks payment equivalent to the difference between the Employment Insurance benefit the employee is eligible to receive and 90% of her gross salary.
  7. A teacher taking parental leave shall receive pay for the period of leave up to ten (10) weeks of payment equivalent to the difference between the payment from HRDC and 90% of his/her salary. The ten weeks includes any waiting period required for employment insurance benefits.
  8. Effective July 1, 2015, a teacher taking Maternity Leave and\or Parental/Adoptive Leave pursuant to this Article shall me entitled to receive pay equivalent to ninety percent of the teacher’s gross salary at the time of the leave commenced plus any subsequently negotiated salary adjustments for up to one hundred and thirty-five (135) teaching days, which pay will include any employment insurance benefits received in accordance with this Article.
    Effective July 1, 2015, the Division shall pay a teacher on Maternity Leave and\or Parental Leave:

    1. if the teacher’s two (2) week or ten (10) day waiting period falls entirely on teaching days, ninety percent (90%) of the teacher’s gross salary plus up to seventy-five (75) teaching days of Maternity Leave top-up calculated at the difference between the teacher’s employment insurance benefit and ninety percent (90%) of the teacher’s gross salary provided the teacher remains on either Maternity or Parental Leave and continues to receive employment insurance benefits;
    2. If the teacher’s two (2) week or ten (10) day waiting period falls partially or entirely within a non-teaching period, ninety percent (90%) of the teacher’s gross salary for any teaching days and up to eighty-five (85) teaching days of Maternity Leave top-up calculated at the difference between the teacher’s employment insurance benefit and ninety percent (90%) of the teacher’s gross salary provided the teacher remains on either Maternity or Parental leave and continues to receive employment insurance benefits;
    3. Up to fifty (50) days of Parental Leave top-up calculated at the difference between the teacher’s employment insurance benefit and ninety percent (90%) of the teacher’s gross salary provided the teacher remains on Parental Leave and continues to receive employment insurance benefits.
  9. For greater certainly, a teacher who is receiving employment insurance benefits shall be entitled to:
    1. One hundred and thirty-five (135) teaching days of pay and\or top-up benefits if the teacher takes both Maternity Leave and Parental Leave;
    2. Eighty-five (85) teaching days of pay and/or top-up benefits if the teacher only takes Maternity Leave
    3. Fifty (50) teaching days of pay and/or top-up benefits if the teaching only takes Parental Leave

    Unless the teacher takes a shorter period of Maternity Leave or Parental Leave in which case, the pay and/or top-up will be pro-rated to reflect the actual number of teaching days taken. The parties acknowledge that the top-up payments made by the Division for Maternity Leave may extend into the period of time that the teacher is on Parental Leave but the payment is intended to be a top-up of the Maternity Leave benefits.

  10. This article shall not apply to any teacher who is employed on a term contract during the teacher’s first year of employment. All other teachers shall be eligible to receive the top-up benefits once they have been employed for a period of 7 months by the division.
10.08 Sick Leave

  1. Sick leave shall be granted to provide lost income when a teacher is unable to be at work and perform regular duties due to illness or injury.
  2. Effective the fall term 2011, a full-time teacher who is under contract to the Division as of the first (1st) day of the fall term shall be credited with twenty (20) days sick leave (subject to a maximum accumulation of 130 days) on that date except that the employee must actually teach for at least one day before any sick leave days are credited to this teacher. A full-time teacher coming under contract at a later date in the school year shall be credited with a pro-rata share of twenty (20) days, calculated to the closest whole day. A regular part-time teacher is entitled to a pro-rata share of twenty (20) days sick leave per year and the principle of accumulation, and the total to be accumulated applies as to a full-time teacher.The provisions of twenty (20) days sick leave shall be pro-rated where an employee returns from a leave at a time other than the commencement of the fall term.

    Teachers employed on a part-time basis who have a Form 2, Teacher General, or Limited Term Teacher-General contact with the Division shall be granted sick leave with pay pro-rated based on full time equivalence.

  3. Where a teacher is absent from school because of sickness, the Division may require the teacher to submit to the Division a medical certificate from a duly qualified medical practitioner, certifying that the teacher was sick during the period of absence.
10.09 Bereavement LeaveA teacher shall be granted bereavement leave up to five (5) days without loss of pay in the case of the death of a parent, spouse, common-law spouse, child, brother, sister, mother-in-law, father-in-law, grandchild or grandparents.

A teacher shall be granted up to one (1) day bereavement leave without loss of pay in the case of death of a daughter-in-law, son-in-law, brother-in-law, or sister-in-law. Brother-in-law and sister-in-law shall be defined as the brother or sister of the employee’s spouse or the spouse of the employee’s sibling.

A teacher shall be granted bereavement leave up to one (1) day without loss of pay in order to attend a funeral as a pallbearer.

The Division at its discretion may grant additional time to an employee to attend the funeral service where long distance travel is required.

10.10 Family Medical LeaveEffective the date of ratification, a teacher shall be entitled to use up to four (4) days of accumulated sick leave per year for emergent medical issues or appointments that require the teacher’s attention and that pertain to his/her spouse, children and/or parents. Such leave is non-cumulative from one school year to the next school year.
10.11 Personal LeaveEach teacher, with the approval of the Superintendent or designate and subject to the availability of a suitable substitute, shall be entitled to two (2) days leave of absence for personal reasons at no cost to the teacher.

The Division shall not require teachers to provide reasons for their requests for personal leave.

Teachers employed on a part-time basis who have a Form 2, Teacher General, or Limited Term Teacher-General contract with the Division shall be entitled to two (2) days leave of absence for personal reasons pro-rated based on full time equivalence.

Unless there are extenuating circumstances, request for leave is on a first come, first served basis. No more than two teachers per school shall be granted leave on the same day.

The personal leave day shall be used in its entirety. One (1) unused day may be carried for one year entitling a teacher to up to three (3) days leave of absence for personal reasons at no cost to the teacher. Unless other approved by the Superintendent or designate, teachers may not take more than two (2) days consecutively.

The provision of two (2) personal leave days shall be pro-rated where a teacher returns from a leave of absence at a time other than the start of the Fall term.

Teachers shall not be granted leave for the following days, except as may be approved by the Superintendent:

  1. on any in-service day, parent-teacher day, administration day designated by the Division or school;
  2. to extend the time off for Spring, Summer or Christmas breaks.
11.01 Manitoba Teachers’ Society Fees

  1. The Manitoba Teachers’ Society membership shall be deducted from every teacher who has not given written notice to the Board within ten (10) days of the current school year that he or she is not a member of The Manitoba Teachers’ Society.
  2. These deductions will be made in the twenty (20) equal installments starting with the September cheque according to the scale of fees established by The Manitoba Teachers’ Society. Each monthly installment will be forwarded to The Manitoba Teachers’ Society normally not later than the fifteenth day of the following calendar month.
  3. The onus is on the teacher to make the necessary arrangements with The Manitoba Teachers’ Society for rebates and deductions.
11.02 River East Transcona Teachers’ Association FeesRiver East Transcona Teachers’ Association fees shall be deducted from every teacher. These deductions will be made in ten (20) equal installments starting with the September cheque according to the scale of fees established by the Association. Each monthly installment will be forwarded to the River East Transcona Teachers’ Association normally not later than the fifteenth day of the following calendar month.
The Association agrees to save the Division harmless against any claims or demands made by any teacher from whom fees may have been deducted and paid to the Society or the Association.

Upon request of the Board or the teacher concerned or the Association, any questions of interpretation or application of the provisions of this Agreement may be referred to a committee composed of one representative of the Board and one representative of the Association. If this committee cannot reach a decision either party may use the provisions of Article 20 of this Agreement to resolve the dispute.

13.01

The Division will pay interest at its average cost of borrowing money for the period beginning of the contract year up to the date of payment of the amount of the retroactive pay increase awarded for that contract year.

13.02

Such interest will be paid on the gross amount of retroactive pay due, less the amount of Statutory deductions (Canada Pension Plan, Employment Insurance, Income Tax and Teachers’ Retirement Allowance Fund).

A teacher will be entitled to an uninterrupted meal period between 11:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each school day. This meal period shall be equal to the midday intermission given to the students of the school in which the teacher is employed to a maximum of 60 minutes.

Designated professional staff will be on call during the meal period to deal with student discipline or other emergent problems normally associated with a teacher’s duties.

Student contact time, whether such time is in a teaching, consultation or supervisory role, assigned in a school year shall be no greater than the contact time assigned in the previous school year, based upon the divisional average for each level:

  1. Early Years
  2. Middle Years
  3. Senior Years

The Division will endeavor to keep contact time as equal as possible for teachers within individual schools and levels. The student contact time assigned in any school year to a teacher in any one school, during the normal school day may be greater or lesser than the previous school year.

16.01 The Association recognizes the right of the Division to transfer teachers employed by the Division to schools under the jurisdiction of the Division.
16.02 The Division shall exercise its discretion to transfer in a manner that is fair and reasonable. A copy of all written notices of transfers shall be sent to the President of the Association. The Division shall, wherever possible, consult with teachers who are being involuntarily transferred prior to making a final decision. A copy of all written transfer notices shall be sent to the president of the Association.
16.03 In making transfer decisions the Division shall consider the educational needs of the students, the administrative needs of the Division and those concerns raised by the teacher prior to making a decision. However, in the absence of exceptional circumstances, the Division shall be guided by the educational needs of the students and the administrative needs of the Division.
16.04 In the case of any teacher who has been given notice of transfer following May 31st and wishes to resign before June 30th of that year, the Division agrees to accept the resignation provided it is offered in writing within 7 days of the notice of transfer.
17.01 “Extracurricular Activities” means student-related athletic, social, recreational and cultural activities, occurring outside the normal school day, but does not include activities related to academic or instructional matters or curriculum subjects outside the normal school day, whether such occur alone or with students, parents or administrative staff, such as (without limitation) staff meetings, parent/teacher meetings, committee work, in-service sessions, marking and setting examinations, or marking school assignments.
17.02 The parties acknowledge the importance of extracurricular activities as an integral part of each student’s education experience.
17.03 An eligible extracurricular activity is an activity that has received prior approval from the school principal.
17.04 In any school year (as per the Minister of Education) a teacher will be entitled to a paid leave of absence of one day provided that he or she:

  1. performs 25 hours, per ½ day requested, of eligible extracurricular duties during the school year;
  2. all hours not meeting the requirements in a) above may be carried over to the following school year; and
  3. the date for such leave shall be agreed upon between the principal and the teacher and such additional day shall not be cumulative beyond the current school year.
17.05 Teachers supervising approved extracurricular activities shall be reimbursed lodging, reasonable meal expenses and mileage as may be provided through Division policy and/or the individual school budget.

A Liaison Committee between the Association and the Division shall be established to discuss items of mutual concerns. The committee shall be composed of up to five (5) representatives of the Division including Trustees and Senior Administrators and up to five (5) representatives of the Association.

Meetings shall take place up to five (5) times per school year.

For purposes of this Article the following definitions will apply:

  1. Training: Instruction received as preparation for the profession of teaching that leads to the development of a particular skill or proficiency with respect to a particular subject or subjects.
  2. Academic Qualifications: Refers to the classification in which the teacher is placed by the Administration and Teacher Certification Branch of the Manitoba Department of Education.
  3. Experience The practical application of the training over a period of time with respect to the particular subject or subjects.
  4. Specific Term Contract: A contract whereby a teacher is hired to teach a specific subject, or subjects, for a specific term during all or any part of a school year.
19.01 When it is determined by the Board that a lay off is necessary and where natural attrition, transfers, sabbaticals and leaves of absence do not effect the necessary reduction in staff, a seniority list shall be developed as hereinafter provided. Such a list shall contain the names of those teachers having the least seniority identified in sufficient numbers to enable the Board to lay off the required number of teachers. The Association and the teacher shall be permitted a period of fifteen (15) teaching days after posting of such list to protest in writing to the Board any alleged omission or incorrect listing, but such protest shall be confined to errors in or changes occurring since the posting of the last seniority list.
19.02 Notwithstanding the foregoing, the Board shall have the right to disregard the length of service of any teacher in the event of a lay off, if such teacher does not have the necessary training or academic qualifications or experience for a specific teaching assignment.
19.03 Seniority for the purpose of this agreement is defined to mean the length of continuous teaching experience from the date of the last hire by the Division beginning with the first day of teaching thereafter within the Division.
For teachers employed by the former River East and Transcona-Springfield School Divisions on June 30th, 2002, the seniority effective July 1st, 2002 shall be the number of years of seniority of the teacher on June 30th, 2002 in the respective divisions.
19.04 Notwithstanding the foregoing, a teacher who has been employed under a Limited Term Teacher Contract (previously a Form 2A contract) and is subsequently employed under a Teacher General Contract (previously a Form 2 contract) shall have his/her employment under both the Limited Term Teacher Contract (previously a Form 2A) and Teacher General Contracts (previously a Form 2 contracts) deemed as continuous employment with the division.

The employment under a Limited Term Teacher Contract (previously a Form 2A contract) must normally occur immediately prior to, and be continuous with, the employment under the a Teacher General Contract (previously a Form 2 contract), except that the month of July, August and any other time a teacher is not required to teach as prescribed by law or regulation or a period of up to twenty teaching days between the last employment under a Limited Term Teacher Contract (previously a Form 2A contract) and subsequent employment under a Teacher General Contract (previously a Form 2 contract) shall not be considered as an interruption in continuous employment.

19.05 Where the teachers have the same length of continuous teaching experience, the order of the seniority list shall be determined on the basis of the total length of employment with the Division.
19.06 Where teachers have the same seniority as defined in 19.03, 19.04 and 19.05 the order of seniority shall be determined on the basis of total recognized experience in Manitoba.
19.07 Where teachers have the same seniority as defined in 19.03, 19.04, 19.05 and 19.06, the order of seniority shall be determined on the basis of total teaching experience recognized by the Province of Manitoba for classification purposes.
19.08 If after the application of 19.03, 19.04, 19.05, 19.06 and 19.07 above the length of teaching experience as determined above is still equal, the teacher to be declared surplus shall be determined by the Division, after consultation with the Association.
19.09 A teacher will retain and accrue seniority if absent from work because of:

  1. illness or accident up to the maximum of number of days accumulated under the provisions of the collective agreement;
  2. a leave of absence up to thirty (30) calendar days, other than following sick leave per Article 10.08;
  3. educational and vocational leave;
  4. maternity leave under the provisions of the Employment Standards Code (C.C.S.M. E110);
  5. teacher exchange;
19.10 A teacher shall retain but not accrue seniority if the teacher is:

  1. on leave of absence in excess of thirty (30) calendar days;
  2. laid off for a period of time less than that set out in subsection 19.11 c) hereof;
  3. absent because of illness or accident for more than the maximum number of days accumulated under the provisions of the collective agreement;
  4. absent because the Division has granted more maternity leave than required by the Employment Standards Code (C.C.S.M. – E-110).
19.11 A laid off teacher shall lose seniority and the rights to further consideration for recall for any of the following reasons:

  1. the teacher resigns;
  2. the teacher is employed by another school division as a full time teacher on a Teacher General Contract, or equivalent full time contract, approved by the Minister; except those teachers who are employed full time on such a contract for a limited term not to exceed one year;
  3. the teacher is not recalled within one (1) calendar year after September 30th following the date of lay off;
  4. the teacher’s contract is terminated for cause;
  5. any teacher on the recall list who refuses to accept a position for which the teacher has the necessary training or academic qualifications, or experience to perform the work in the positions offered shall forfeit all right of seniority and recall subject to the exception contained in b) hereof. The circumstances as outlined in 19.10 b), refusal to accept employment shall forfeit all claims to the position offered.
19.12 In the event of a lay off, the Board shall meet with the Executive of the Association to discuss the implications of the lay off and shall provide the Association with a list of teachers to be laid off and with a copy of the seniority list.
19.13 Notice of lay off shall be given to the teacher no later than the first day of May of the school year. The teacher, within ten (10) calendar days of receiving notice of lay off, shall indicate in writing, his/her wish to be placed on the recall list.
19.14 If after lay offs have occurred and for a period of one calendar year after the 30th of September following the date of lay off, teachers who have been laid off and have given written notice that they wish to be recalled shall be offered the position first when positions become available, provided such teachers have the necessary training or academic qualifications or experience for the positions available. Seniority with the Board will be used to determine the order in which laid off teachers are offered the available positions provided that the said teachers have the necessary training or academic qualifications or experience.
19.15 It shall be the responsibility of the teacher to report an address to which a recall notice can be delivered. Recall notices will be delivered by registered mail to the last reported address given by the teacher and a teacher who is recalled from lay off shall be required to indicate within six (6) working days of registration of same his/her intent to return to work and shall be required to return to work on the date set out in the notice which date shall not be less than fourteen (14) calendar days following such notification unless by mutual agreement.
19.16 A teacher’s accumulated sick leave credits shall not be affected if the teacher is recalled as provided in subsection 19.14 above.
19.17 If the Board terminates the contract of a teacher because that teacher is laid off, the Board shall at the request of the teacher, provide him/her with a letter to this effect.
19.18 Notwithstanding any other provision of this agreement; the foregoing lay off provision shall not apply to teachers continuously employed under contract for an aggregate of less than ten teaching months of paid service, or to teachers employed for a specific term where, during that term the teacher is employed on the express-written understanding that the teacher will not after the completion of such term be employed by the Board; provided however, no teacher who has been employed by the Board for more than an aggregate of ten teaching months of paid service under contract shall be laid off, where teachers with less than an aggregate of ten teaching months of paid service under contract or specific term contracts have not been laid off, having regard to the necessary training or academic qualifications or experience required for the specific teaching assignment of such teacher employed under a specific term contract or of the teacher continuously employed under this collective agreement with the division for less than an aggregate of ten teaching months of paid service under contract.
19.19 The Division shall publish a seniority list in every school by 30th November.
20.01 Where there is a difference between the parties to, or persons bound by the agreement, or on whose behalf it was entered into concerning its content, meaning, application or violation, the aggrieved party shall within 30 teaching days of the event giving rise to the violation or difference, or within 30 teaching days from the date on which the griever became aware of the event giving rise to the violation or difference, whichever is later, notify the other party in writing stating the nature and particulars of the violation or difference and the solution sought. If a party to the collective agreement claims that the time limit imposed under the collective agreement has not been complied with the parties shall proceed to appoint an Arbitration Board, and if the Arbitration Board is satisfied that the irregularity with respect to the time limit has not prejudiced the parties to the arbitration board, it may, on application of any party to the arbitration, declare that the irregularity does not affect validity of the decision of the Arbitration Board, and the declaration is binding on the parties to the arbitration and on any person affected by the decision of an Arbitration Board.
20.02 If the matter is not resolved within ten (10) teaching days from the date of notification, either party may request that the matter be submitted to an arbitration board as herein prescribed. Within seven (7) teaching days of the delivery of the written request to settle the difference by arbitration, each party shall nominate one member to sit on the Arbitration Board.
20.03 These two arbitrators within a further period of seven (7) days after their appointment shall meet and select a chairman mutually satisfactory to both. Should the two arbitrators fail to agree upon a chairman within the required seven (7) days, either party may request the Manitoba Labour Board to make the appointment of a chairperson.
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