To access a pdf print version of the email that was sent to Local members via home email click on the date below:
December - Putting Students First Email
October Update Email
September Save the Dates Email
April Update Email
March Update Email
February PEC Election Email
January Update Email
September/October Update Email
Looking for talking points when discussing this topic? Click HERE to access a pdf of the ATA's response or visit their site HERE.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Many things have changed during the COVID-19 pandemic. Caps on assignable time have not! To access information on Assignable time, click HERE.
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