Presidents Message March 2018
Thank you to the CCTCA for a wonderful 2018 convention. I was fortunate to be able to spend some time with keynotes Dr. David Suzuki and his daughter Severn Cullis-Suzuki .I was also able to visit with past presidents of our local. They shared a lot of wisdom and some great stories of their careers as teachers. Congratulations to Darren Moroz who was recently elected to serve as President of CCTCA for the 2019 convention
Thank you to the members who came to visit our booth. It was nice to continue the tradition of having senior district leaders and trustees spend some time engaging with membership. How awesome our sponsors were to donate such great draw prizes. I am looking forward to having lunch at St. Albert The Great School where a member was the lucky entrant winning a night at Hotel Blackfoot and lunch for their staff sponsored by Roma Catering, CSSD and Local 55. Other sponsors included Atlas Pizza, Spolumbos and Calgary Sports and Entertainment.
A shout out to our bargaining team for bringing us a memorandum of agreement. The general meeting to ratify the agreement was a reflection of a job done thoroughly and professionally for us the membership. The committee also served us a reminder that this contract expires at the end of August which means more bargaining in the near future. Check out our website for updates as they become available.
Class size remains a challenge in our local and indeed around the province. The auditor generals report was particularly critical of education officials for their inability to meet targets. The “This Is My Class Size” campaign is ongoing. Post cards to send to your MLA’s can be accessed through your CSR or by contacting the local office. Check out https://education.alberta.ca/class-size/averages/?searchMode=3 to see data on averages and targets for the province.
New Teacher Induction (March 7th) is one of many events coming up this month. Our Annual Representative Assembly (ARA) delegates have been selected and we begin the process with a meeting this month to look at the budget proposal presented to us by provincial ATA. Guest teacher week is March 12 – 16th and the Local and CSSD have teamed up to support schools in recognizing our guest teacher members. Social Committee has two exciting events as well with skiing this weekend and Volleyball on Mach 16th. Don’t forget the Art Contest for members as well.
Enjoy a great month and I am sure we are all looking forward to Good Friday. Best of luck to all as we prepare for progress reports, parent-teacher interviews and all the other things that tend to fill our days.