The Collective Agreement is negotiated every two or three years and informs everyone, in a clear and open way, of their rights and responsiblities within the workplace. It is up to you to know your collective agreement. Read it. Highlight sections that you feel might pertain most often to your sitiuation. Refer to the collective agreement when speaking with administrators and contact a member of your Local Executive if you believe the Collective Agreement has been broken. We can't fix what we don't know about

Here are some of the answers to your frequently asked questions'.

When hiring, Human Resources proceeds in the following order:

1. Occasional Teachers currently on the list who have taught a minimum of 10 days during the school year       and who have renewed to the list prior to June 30.   

2. Teachers without assignment in the system who wish to enter the OT list (surplus teachers)

3. Targeted areas of need based on reports from UCARRIS.  Hiring may  occur by geography, specialty      (French, D & T, Music) or Division (ie Intermediate).

4. Teachers with part assignments in schools  (eg 0.3. etc)

5. Teachers new to the system --- recent grads, teachers moving in from other areas, retired teachers etc.

New hires to the OT list occur only through Apply to Education..

There is a cap of 650 teachers on the Occasional Teaching List.

The daily casual rate is $227.03 but this will rise to $228.16 on February 2. 

Experience is calculated at 1:1 for Long Term Occasional work (10 days replacing the same teacher) and at 2:1 for daily casual work.

Experience is calculated on September 1 of each year.  A full year has 194 days.

If you have up to .499 of a year on September 1, there is no change in experience.  If you have .5 - 1.0, your experience is calculated at one year.  At the end of one full year, a new set of calculations is begun that will bring you to the next level.

On the first day of a new assignment, you do not do the first duty of the day. This can be exchanged for another time, if necessary, but you need time to get to know the day plan, the layout of the school and the people who can help you do your best job. 9.06

You are required to be in the school 15 minutes prior to the start of classes. Most Occasional Teachers arrive sooner but that is a choice. If you have a preparation period, do some marking, photocopying, tidying, fine-tune a future lesson, or take a small group for some one-on-one guidance and instruction. Your preparation period belongs to you and can not be directed by another teacher.

You are entitled to 40 uninterrupted minutes for lunch.

As of the 10th day of an assignment, you are automatically placed on the teaching grid and your pay becomes retroactive to the first day. 

Once you replace an absent teacher, another occasional teacher cannot replace you unless you are not qualified for the position, disciplinary reasons arise, or by mutual consent. 

A teaching day is defined as 8 hours for the purposes of EI. A teaching day is 300 minutes and a half-day is 150 minutes. The minimum you can be paid is for a half day. 

Jobs can only be cancelled when your are given a minimum of 3 hours notice. The EXCEPTION is for Snow Days when 1.5 hours notice is required.  If you do not have adequate notice, or, if an error is made, you are paid of the time which was booked. 9.03 (b)         

You have 45 days from the beginning of an LTO to get all your documents to the Board for correct placement on the grid. 8.06 (d) Remember that teaching experience, in either the elementary or secondary panel from another province or country counts (8.06 (a)) but you must have a letter from your previous board stating your years of experience.

If you work as an LTO, you will be granted 11 sick leave days at 100% salary and 120 short term disability days at 90% salary. 

For every 97 days in a LTO, you will receive 1 personal leave day.   

If you have a problem with your contract, or with any other  issue contact Diane Dewing

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This page was last updated: March 20, 2017