A PUBLICATION BY SCHOOL DISTRICT 43 TEACHERS-ON-CALL Volume 2, Number 1
CTA Office 208-2502 St. Johns St., Port Moody, BC V3H 2B4 Tel: 936-9971 / Fax: 936-7515 Website: http://www.sd43.bc.ca/toc/
WELCOME TO TOC TALK
Welcome to a new school year and to the second Each and every one of you is a talented, committed
year for the publication of TOC Talk. The TOC educator with a voice that deserves to be heard.
Committee hopes to bring you more info and useful Even a small voice! TOC Talk is your opportunity
tips this year in our newsletter. As always, we are to speak, and we welcome all submissions. If you
looking for submissions for upcoming issues. If like what you see and think that you have that
you are new to the district, you may not know what creative spark to make it even better, we would
TOC Talk is all about. even love to have you as a regular contributor. This
is your voice, your chance to hear and be
So what is TOC Talk? It is – and Brought to you by the heard!
will continue to be – whatever we TOC Committee, this
as Teachers-On-Call choose to
make of it. It is a publication that
newsletter aims to keep TOC Talk will be published three times a
year, so please e-mail submissions or
speaks to you on many levels. We you connected and ideas to the CTA Office c/o CTA First
endeavour to be a wellspring of informed. Vice-President, Gord Wickerson
advice, stories, humour, gripes , (firstname.lastname@example.org) or to Erlinda
and touching experiences ☺. It is also a source of Palines (email@example.com). We look forward to
useful and valuable information: PD opportunities, hearing from you!
upcoming talks and social events, news updates,
and more. TOC Talk is your lifeline to your fellow
STRIKE ACTION UPDATE
• September 23: 88.4% support BCTF strike vote The CTA is developing a strike-action plan which
• September 25: School boards given 72 hour will affect TOCs in this way:
• September 28: Phase 1 – Modified Work-to- 1) TOCs will be assigned a school and time for
Rule began picket duty.
• October 11: Phase 2 – Rotating strikes 2) If people choose to do picket duty, they will be
scheduled to begin paid $50 a day.
• October 24: Phase 3 – Full walk-out by all 3) You will have to sign in at the picket site.
BCTF members scheduled 4) To get paid, you need to come to the CTA office
on the first day of your picket duty to ensure
your mailing address is correct.
“Never doubt that a small group of committed citizens can change the world.
Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” - Margaret Mead
STRIKE ACTION AND TOCs: WHY WE NEED TO BE INVOLVED
Erlinda Palines, Member-At-Large, TOC Committee
What does Job Action mean for TOCs? As Article B.2: TOC Pay and Benefits
members of the BCTF, it means we support our • Payment according to qualifications and
union and follow the job action plan. experience from the first day in any
How does bargaining affect us? The three main • Payment of vacation and statutory holiday
reasons for striking are: the restoration of students’ pay
learning conditions; the restoration of teachers’ • A requirement for a minimum callout
bargaining rights; and a fair and reasonable salary • Pro-rating of salary due to part days worked
increase. As TOCs, these goals may seem • Recognition of payment beyond a regular
peripheral. Even with job action, contract teachers day for extended/modified days
still have a job. Does job action mean we’ll be • Ability to access full benefits
working less? If so, what’s the point?
• Ability to accrue and access sick leave
• Continuity of service
The point is this: As part of the bargaining proposal,
the BCTF has included language to address TOC
These provisions are reasonable and we deserve
issues. (Yes, TOCs are important and our union
them. Contracted teachers enjoy them and, as
knows it!) The bargaining language addresses these
teachers, we should, too.
So, as job action continues, remember it is for a
Article C.3: TOC Employment
worthy cause. Our livelihood and the livelihood of
• Callout by seniority our public education system deserves better than
• Accrual of seniority for each day worked what the government has dealt.
• Ability to apply seniority to local collective
agreement provisions Support Job Action!
• Pro-rating of seniority due to local school
calendars *Taken from BCTF Bargaining Bulletin, Volume 7, March 14, 2005
• Recognition of union leave for purposes of
EI and pension calculation
• Removal from the TOC list only for just and
TOC COMMITTEE OPENINGS – WE NEED MEMBERS!
At the last CTA Annual General Meeting on June 1, members. We need a total of 8 members, but
2005, the Teachers-On-Call of SD43 celebrated a anyone else wishing to participate in our meetings is
great victory. Our members of the CTA voted to welcome. To join the committee, please call the
make the TOC Committee a standing committee. CTA office for a curriculum vitae form. For more
What does this mean? It means the CTA must information about the committee, you can contact
ensure we always have a committee for TOCs. Our our Executive Committee Member contact, First
members have supported us and sent a clear Vice-President, Gord Wickerson
message that TOCs are important to our district, our (firstname.lastname@example.org) at the CTA office or
local and our profession. Acting Chairperson, Erlinda Palines
The current membership of the TOC Committee
will end on September 30, 2005 and so we are You are the TOCs of SD43 and it is you we work
looking to reestablish the committee with new hard to represent. Your participation is needed!
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IMPORTANT DATES – GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT Gallery Room
OPPORTUNITIES TOC COMMITTEE MEETING DATES
CTA Office 4 – 6 pm
District PD Day Wednesday, September 28, 2005
– Friday, September 23, 2005 Wednesday, October 19, 2005
Provincial PSA/LSA PD Day Wednesday, December 07, 2005
– Friday, October 21, 2005 Wednesday, January 18, 2006
CTA District PD Day Wednesday, February 15, 2006
– Friday, February 17, 2006 Wednesday, April 12, 2006
District PD & Encompass Conference Wednesday, May 10, 2006
– Friday, April 21, 2006 Wednesday, June 07, 2006
TOC GENERAL MEETINGS TOC NETWORKING EVENING*
4 – 6 pm Winslow Centre Gallery Room 4 – 6 pm
Wednesday, November 02, 2005 – Gleneagle Wednesday, March 08, 2006
Library *Workshop TBA
Wednesday, June 14, 2006 – Winslow Centre
TEACHER-ON-CALL GENERAL MEETING
Wednesday, November 02, 2005
Gleneagle Library 4-6 pm
1) Call to order
• Adoption of agenda
• TOC Committee Members
3) Committee Goals for 2005/2006
• TOC Handbook
• Social Events
4) TOC Talk – 2nd issue
5) TOC Networking Evening
6) BCTF Survey Results
7) Union Orientation Presentation
– Gerry Lush, Second Vice-President
TOC COMMITTEE 2004/2005: THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE!
A special thank you goes out to the outgoing Megan Leslie
members of the TOC committee including former Wah-Kee Ting
CTA First Vice-President Chris King who is now Melissa Donaldson
on Educational Leave. Your hard work and Tanya Dow
dedication have made possible the publication of Sarah Attwood
TOC TALK, the TOC website and our becoming a Scott McKay
standing committee. Good luck in your new Mike Buckland
teaching assignments! Erlinda Palines
TOC LIBRARY IN-SERVICE
SD43 Staff Development Department offers a To participate in this workshop, contact Heather
workshop for TOCs to learn the basics of using the Daly, Coordinator, Library and Information at
district-wide library system, Follett. This workshop 604-937-6380 or 604-937-6381 or email
allows TOCs to expand their teaching profile to email@example.com
include library. They will even contact the TOC
desk at the board office to let them know you can Workshop Dates (3:45 pm - 5:15 pm)
do library! Wednesday, September 28, 2005
Thursday, January 19, 2006
Tuesday, April 04, 2006
TOC Website - Check it Out!! www.sd43.bc.ca/toc
The TOC Committee has developed a Website for provide valuable support, advice and resources to
the benefit of School District 43 TOCs. Contained ALL Teachers-On-Call in School District 43.
in the Website is useful information for TOCs to
create awareness; promote communication; and To subscribe to more editions of TOC Talk, please
check out the website.
Need an SD43 login/email address? Contact the Information Services Helpdesk
at 604-937-6396 or email them at firstname.lastname@example.org
As an employee of the district, TOCs are entitled to a district login and email address. Having one is
particularly useful for computers or library assignments.
TOC TALK - A PUBLICATION BY SCHOOL DISTRICT 43 TEACHERS-ON-CALL
The opinions expressed here are solely those of the authors. They do not represent the opinions of the Coquitlam Teachers'
Association or School District 43.
Any letters to the editor, concerns or criticisms of this publication should be forwarded to Gord Wickerson, First Vice-President,
Coquitlam Teachers' Association at 604-936-9971/Fax 604-936-7515 or email@example.com.
*Remember to pickup a copy of the CTA Newsletter which is available every Monday at schools, the CTA Office and the
School Board Office. Check out the TOC Corner in the newsletter for important information and special dates.
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