News & Updates

Local Updates to Members

To access a pdf print version of the email that was sent to Local members via home email click on the date below:

2021-22
Public Teachers' Registry FAQ
May 26, 2022 Executive Committee Election Information
May 2022 Local Updates
May 2022 Member Information Meetings Email
March Member Information Meetings Email
February Update Email
December - Putting Students First Email
October Update Email
September Save the Dates Email

2020-21
April Update Email
March Update Email
February PEC Election Email
January Update Email 
September/October Update Email


Talking Points - In Response to Alberta Education announcement of its intention to split the ATA

Looking for talking points when discussing this topic? Click HERE to access a pdf of the ATA's response or visit their site HERE.


Worth Knowing - Updates from the provincial ATA - #WEAREATA

Worth Knowing - Pension Termination Benefits/Commuted Values

While a commuted value may change from month to month, the lifetime pension payable to a plan member who does not withdraw their commuted value from the plan will remain the same. To read more, click HERE.

Worth Knowing - Changes to Public Health Policy and School Safety

The abrupt changes during the latest COVID-19 provincial update have left Alberta teachers with many questions about the safety of their workplaces and their employers’ responsibilities. To read more, click HERE.

Worth Doing - Benefits of the RRSP

Many of us have resolved to improve our financial hygiene in 2022. An excellent way to clean up on a large income tax return is by investing in a Registered Retirement Savings Plan (RRSP).  RRSPs are tax-deferred, which means that any money you contribute will be exempt from Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) taxes the year you make the deposit. You will not be taxed until you make withdrawals. Thus, RRSPs are a great mechanism to reduce a current-year tax bill. Because tax-deferred does not mean tax-free, you will eventually have to pay taxes when you withdraw your money later in retirement. By the time you do so, your income will almost certainly be less, and your tax rate will be lower. To read more, click HERE.

Travelling During a Pandemic - update 2021 11 01 

With the holidays approaching, teachers may be considering travel. Teachers should check current travel advisories and consider all potential consequences of travelling during a pandemic. For advice on potential travel issues, teachers should call Catherine LeBlanc at 780-455-2164. To access information on travelling over the holidays, click HERE

Pregnancy and Accommodation in Schools 

Pregnant teachers need a safe working environment for themselves and for their babies. Click HERE to read more. Teachers who need information about their options for workplace accommodation can call Catherine in the Local’s office at 780-455-2164 or Teacher Employment Services at 1‑800‑232-7208. 

COVID-19 and School Safety

Teachers should have a work environment that is safe for themselves and for their students. Although working from home is not a right, if a medical accommodation to work in isolation is necessary, the employer must accommodate to the point of undue hardship. Teachers requiring accommodation should call Catherine LeBlanc in the Local’s office at 780-454-3481or the provincial Association at 1-800-232-7208 and request the assistance of Teacher Employment Services. Click HERE to learn more. 

Home Office Expenses

The Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) has made the home office expenses deduction available to more Canadians and Alberta teachers may benefit from this. For more information, please visit   www.canada.ca/en/revenue-agency/services/tax/individuals/topics/about-your-tax-return/tax-return/completing-a-tax-return/deductions-credits-expenses/line-229-other-employment-expenses/work-space-home-expenses/how-claim.html. Click HERE to learn more.

EI Maternity Benefits

Important changes to Employment Insurance maternity benefits: Service Canada introduces a temporary waiver program for the one-week waiting period. Click HERE to learn more.

Dual Instruction

Teachers cannot be expected to separately plan lessons for, instruct or assess both students in the classroom and those who choose to obtain their learning exclusively at home. Click HERE for more information.

Collective Agreements Remain in Effect 

While COVID-19 has changed many things about the way we teach, the provisions in your collective agreement remain in effect. If your collective agreement is still being negotiated, the provisions in your previous agreement are bridged until a new agreement is reached. Contact the Association at 1-800-232-7208 or the Local office at 780-455-2164 for assistance. Click HERE for more information.

Assignable time during COVID

Many things have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caps on assignable time have not! To access information on Assignable time, click HERE