TOC TALK
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:


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 ,                                 ( or to Erlinda
and touching experiences ☺. It is also a source of      Palines ( 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

•   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:
    strike notification
•   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
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
        reasonable cause


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     ( 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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    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

                                   Wednesday, November 02, 2005
                                     Gleneagle Library 4-6 pm


                   1)     Call to order
                          • Adoption of agenda

                   2)     Introductions
                          • 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

                   8)     Adjournment
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

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              
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!!         
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
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.


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

*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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