Eastern OECTA
33 Somerville Rd.
Kemptville, ON
K0G 1J0
Phone: 1-888-250-3799
Fax: 613-258-0842
Website: www.easternoecta.ca
December 8, 2017
OT Shortage

We have been hearing from a lot of members the frustration of having unfilled vacancies in the school when teachers are absent. I want to ensure that everyone knows this is is not only an issue here in CDSBEO, but one facing all school boards across the province, and more so in large urban boards as well as remote rural boards. Unfortunately, it appears that the problem is not going to get better in the short term, therefore the Association met with the school board last Wednesday to discuss strategies to deal with the current shortage.
Other boards across the province have already turned their minds to issue and have put practices in place to avoid having as many unfilled vacancies or using unqualified individuals in the classroom. Our board is also considering some of these strategies, with the intention of implementing them early in the new year. Not all of these ideas may be used, but they are committed to implementing some of the following:

- One central PD calendar where all PD sessions are indicated, showing location and number of participants
- No PD on Fridays or Mondays
- Maximum of 50 participants out for PD on any one day
- Split PD sessions where more than 50 participants need release
- Not have regional PD (east/west). Have some teachers from both east and west attend
- Teachers called back from PD session if no Occasional Teacher in school

- Ongoing posting for Occasional Teachers (Board already has an open posting for Occasional Teachers)

If you have any other strategies that we can share with the school board, please feel free to click the link below and we can discuss them at our first opportunity.

Benefits Update

The transition from Great-West Life to the new OECTA ELHT presented some issues that have made it difficult for certain members. These concerns were expressed to OTIP by Liz Stuart, our provincial president, and a recent response was provided by Vic Medland, CEO of OTIP.
Many of the enrolment problems were as a direct result of software issues, and the porting of computer data from school boards to OTIP. A recent middleware software purchase appears to have resolved those problems and teachers should not experience enrolment problems when changes occur to their employment status.
Customer service was also addressed by Mr. Medland and a new improvement plan will be put in place in the new year. A dedicated team of trained service representatives knowledgeable in the intricacies of the OECTA Benefits Plan will focus on managing our case files to ensure timely and accurate service delivery. If the issue is determined to be of a complex matter, a file reference number will be issued to the member and a senior benefits specialist will be assigned to the case. Within one business day, the specialist will be in direct contact with the member and will remain with the case until it is resolved. Members will be asked to complete a short survey after the issue has been resolved, to provide feedback regarding the service they received, and OTIP will be monitoring the responses in order to improve service even further.

Proposed Executive Compensation Program

The Board of Trustees and the Ministry of Education are asking for your feedback on the proposed Executive Compensation Package currently posted on the CDSBEO website. I encourage all of you to read the proposal and provide feedback to the board of trustees who in turn will provide a summary of the responses to the Ministry of Education.
As you know, we have just signed an extension agreement with very modest salary increases over the next couple of years. During the negotiation of this extension agreement, the Ministry was quick to point out that there is little money available and we were lucky to see the increases we negotiated.
All of a sudden, the Ministry of Education seems to found a huge pot of money somewhere!
When you review the proposal, you will notice the matrix that outlines various determining factors to be used to set the proposed salary level for the executive (Director and Superintendents). In all areas of the matrix, the board fits a category level 3, which should be used to set the compensation rates. The proposed salary level being recommended is a level 4. Further to recommending 1 level higher than the recommended level for a school board our size, the Ministry is allowing up to a 5% annual increase to that amount.
In my 28 years of teaching, I have never received a 5% annual increase in my salary, I am encouraging everyone to exercise your right and provide feedback to the board of trustees who in turn will provide a summary of feedback to the Ministry of Education.

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