Understanding your Paystub
Collective Agreement – Article 27
“Each teacher [under contract] shall receive a basic annual salary corresponding to his or her qualifications and experience and as determined by the appropriate schedule as Schedule F and G which form an integral part of this [Collective] Agreement.”
|Here is an example of Schedule G:
*Note: When a teacher takes a leave without pay, the amount deducted for each day is 195/yearly salary. With the example given above, this teacher would be deducted $333.06 for each day of unpaid leave ($64 945/195).
* If a teacher does not see these deductions on their pay stub, the NBTF strongly recommends that they contact their school district payroll department immediately to see if there are any discrepancies that need to be corrected.
* Teachers may have additional deductions for personal reasons.
If you have any questions on this matter, please contact the NBTF Labour Relations Officer assigned to your district at 1-888-679-7044.
Replacement of Absent Teachers
As school districts continue to struggle to find supply teachers, the NBTF has received numerous inquiries in regards to Article 21. The most common question asked by teachers is:
“ If a supply teacher cannot be found by the beginning of classes, can I be asked to cover a class? ”
The answer is yes, you can be asked. However, whether you accept or refuse to do so is left solely to your discretion, unless it is an emergency situation.
Article 21 of the Collective Agreement is clear:
21.01 The Employer will make a reasonable effort to hire certified supply teachers to replace absent teachers.
21.02 A teacher may agree or may refuse to replace an absent teacher.
21.03 Notwithstanding Clause 21.02, if, during the hours of instruction, an emergency arises, which would result in a class being unattended by a teacher, the Employer may require a teacher to replace the absent teacher until the arrival of a supply teacher. If a teacher is required to replace an absent teacher pursuant to this clause, the teacher must be informed as soon as practicable of the circumstances justifying such requirement.
Not being able to find a supply teacher is not considered an emergency. If a teacher has to leave suddenly during the school day, that would be considered an emergency and a teacher may be asked to cover until someone else can be found to come in.
Another popular question is:
“ Can I be recalled from district PL because a supply teacher could not be found?”
Yes, you could be required to return to your school in order to do your usual workload.
School principals should inform the district when they are not able to secure a supply teacher.
For other questions related to this subject, please contact a NBTF staff officer at 1-888-679-7044.
Carry Over of Family Responsibility Day
The NBTF would like to remind their members that an agreement was reached with the Department of EECD to allow all teachers under B contract to carry over their “Family Responsibility Day” from the 2021-2022 school year to the 2022-2023 school year.
- This leave is for the use of all schedule “B” full-time teachers (1.0 FTE).
- Teachers who are on a deferred leave or preretirement leave can access this as long as they are a 1.0 FTE B teacher.
- Teachers are entitled to one full day or two half days per year.
- Leave under this article does not accumulate if not used during a particular school year.
Note: Exception was granted for the 2021-2022 school year.
- Teachers are not permitted to take this leave on days where Professional Development has been planned or Parent Teacher Interviews have been scheduled.
- Leave under this article is not to be used to extend a vacation or holiday period; however, it can be used following a leave with or without pay. Leave without pay remains at the discretion of the employer.
Note: To clarify, a Family Responsibility Leave can be requested on a Monday or on a Friday if it does not extend a long weekend.
- Whenever possible, teachers should provide at least three days’ notice when requesting this leave.
- The employer will exercise discretion in deciding who is approved if a number of teachers in the same school request the same day.
If you have any questions or concerns regarding the use of your “Family Responsibility Day“, please contact the NBTF at 1 888 679-7044 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every day, the NBTF staff offers sound advice to members who have questions about their working conditions or benefits.
* All calls or emails are confidential.
Are you a school administrator or do you have a question about Policy 701?
Caroline Foisy – Deputy Executive Director
Are you a teacher in ASD-S, ASD-N or ASD-W?
Barry Snider – Labour Relations Officer
Are you a teacher in DSF-NE, DSF-NO, DSF-S or ASD-E?
Nicole LeBlanc – Labour Relations Officer
For general inquiries, please contact the NBTF at email@example.com or 1 888 679-7044.