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
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.
Method of Pay
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
Application: Full Time Teacher
Application: Part Time Teacher
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.
Consultants shall be paid an annual allowance above and beyond the salary outlined in Article 3 of this Agreement as follows:
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:
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:
In schools where there is no vice-principal the stated annual allowance may be split equally between the designated teachers in the school.
Elementary/Early Years Coordinators
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.
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.
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.
Substitute teachers shall be paid a daily rate, inclusive of vacation pay, according to the following schedule:
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.
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.
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.
The use of sick leave with pay shall not constitute an interruption of the extended substitute teaching assignment.
The provisions of the Collective Agreement do not apply to substitute teachers except as expressly provided for in Article 8 – Substitute Teachers.
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.
The following articles of the Collective Agreement apply to substitute teachers:
When a part-time teacher becomes a full-time teacher, the provisions of Article 3.03 and Article 5 shall apply.
Part-time teachers under contract will be eligible to participate in applicable employee benefits plans.
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.
Accumulation of sick leave entitlement by part-time teachers under contract will be prorated
A 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.
Leave for Executive Positions with the Association or The Manitoba Teachers’ Society
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.
Major Religious Holidays
Other Additional Leave
A teacher may be absent from school for personal reasons under the following conditions:
Jury Duty Service or Witness Duty
A 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.
Maternity and Parental Leave
Effective the date of ratification,
A 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.
Family Medical Leave
Effective 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.
Each 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:
Manitoba Teachers’ Society Fees
River East Transcona Teachers’ Association Fees
River 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.
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.
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.
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:
- Early Years
- Middle Years
- 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.
The Association recognizes the right of the Division to transfer teachers employed by the Division to schools under the jurisdiction of the Division.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
The parties acknowledge the importance of extracurricular activities as an integral part of each student’s education experience.
An eligible extracurricular activity is an activity that has received prior approval from the school principal.
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:
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:
- 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.
- 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.
- Experience The practical application of the training over a period of time with respect to the particular subject or subjects.
- 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A teacher will retain and accrue seniority if absent from work because of:
A teacher shall retain but not accrue seniority if the teacher is:
A laid off teacher shall lose seniority and the rights to further consideration for recall for any of the following reasons:
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.
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.
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.
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.
A teacher’s accumulated sick leave credits shall not be affected if the teacher is recalled as provided in subsection 19.14 above.
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.
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.
The Division shall publish a seniority list in every school by 30th November.
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.
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.
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.