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E a s t e r n   U p d a t e - Tuesday September 7, 2004

Welcome Back!

It is hard to believe that the school year is upon us once again! We hope that everyone had a restful and enjoyable holiday and we wish you well in the coming school year! As was the case last year, we will be issuing Eastern Update on a regular basis to inform you of issues as they arise and to provide other pertinent information.

Contractual Rights – Working Conditions
As outlined in our contract all teachers have the right to:

  • 160 minutes prep time per week for elementary teachers
  • Every effort will be made to provide teachers with a minimum of 20 minutes of prep time per day.
  • 2 PPD days and 2 early dismissal days for elementary teachers
  • 6 credit instructional load for secondary teachers as part of 6.67
  • 40 consecutive minutes for lunch each day for all teachers.

Ensure you realize these working conditions. A right given up by one teacher is a right that can be denied to all. Contact the Unit Office if any of these are not realized by all teachers in your school.

Staff Reps: Please contact the Unit Office to let us know the name of the individual who will be the staff rep for your school for the coming year. Staff Rep in-service is tentatively scheduled for September 28, 2004. We will send out a notice to confirm time and location.

School Visits: Ann and I will be visiting schools over the next weeks to inform all teachers of bargaining and other critical issues.

Upcoming Meeting Dates:
Executive Meeting: September 15th, 2004

Who is at your Unit Office to serve you?

Marilies Rettig
Ann McGahey
Sandy Thornton

Phone: 1-888-250-3799
Fax: 613-258-0842

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