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:

September Save the Dates Email

April Update Email
March Update Email
February PEC Election Email
January Update Email 
September/October Update Email

Worth Knowing - Updates from the provincial ATA

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 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.

Benefit Plans

As 2020 draws to a close, many of us will be making resolutions for the new year. Alberta teachers covered under the Alberta School Employee Benefit Plan (ASEBP) and other insurers can access coverage for a variety of medical services and supplies that complement their provincial health care insurance plan and support their self-care goals. Click HERE to learn more.

Increases to CPP Premiums

Effective January 1, 2021, Canada Pension Plan contributions are going up again. Click HERE for more information on how these increases will affect you.

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.

New Mandatory Provincewide Restrictions 

Managing the coronavirus pandemic continues to bring new challenges to Alberta teachers. As of November 30, 2020, new mandatory provincewide restrictions are in effect. Click HERE for more information.

Travelling During a Pandemic

With the holiday season fast approaching, teachers may be considering travel during the winter break. 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

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