Welcome to Parkland Teachers' Local 10 

Upcoming Events:

Next Local Council Meeting: Wednesday, Oct 7th, 2020 4:30 pm via Zoom

 

Member's Update:

ATA president Jason Schilling is responding to comments from Premier Jason Kenney about the use of federal funding to combat the spread of COVID-19 in schools.

“The premier’s comments artificially inflated the costs of class size reductions, misleading Albertans about the province’s ability to take concrete steps to make schools safer for students, staff and the community.

Teachers and the Association have never advocated for reducing class sizes by half. What we would like to see are more resources and supports provided to school divisions and principals so they have more opportunities to reduce the size of our largest classes, especially at the upper grades.

Too many teachers are already reporting class size assignments in the mid-to-high 30s. The science is clear that reducing cohort size and increasing physical distancing are among the most important things that can be done to reduce the spread in schools.”

—Jason Schilling, ATA President

To be clear, the Association has not advocated that class sizes be capped at 15. The premier is wrong.

Although the Alberta Teachers’ Association has not been consulted about the best use of the federal funding, Schilling says that the Association has surveyed both teachers and the general public over the weekend on this issue and is releasing the following results.

From ATA members:

  • 25 per cent of respondents indicated that their largest classes will be between 30 to 40+ students.
  • Half (55 per cent) of teachers report feeling unhappy or very unhappy, and the levels of anxiety and exhaustion are both extremely high (90 per cent) for teachers and school leaders across Alberta.
  • 94 per cent of teachers identify maintaining distancing measures as the most challenging preventative measure for them in the days and weeks ahead.

From Albertans (Environics Poll):

  • 45 per cent of Albertans (including 20% strongly) disapprove of the government’s current plans for the re-entry of schools.
  • 64 per cent of Albertans feel the plans should be improved through funding to reduce class sizes.
  • Class size reductions is the most important improvement identified to improve the confidence of Albertans in return to school plans.
  • 58 per cent of Albertans feel the plans should be improved through better consultation with education stakeholders.

The Alberta Teachers’ Association, as the professional organization of teachers, promotes and advances public education, safeguards standards of professional practice and serves as the advocate for its 46,000 members.

 

The Alberta Teachers' Association

Information on Wellness Spending Accounts

Parkland has confirmed the addition of a WSA for their Teachers, effective September 1, 2020.  Our teams are in the process of finalizing this on system and the allocation emails will go out to all covered members on September 1, 2020, providing them with 90 days to make their credit allocations. 

Each employer group is responsible for communicating the addition of this benefit to their respective members and, as Jocelyn mentioned, we do have brochures (electronic or hard copy) that can assist with this.  Some employer groups are particular about how they are wanting to promote the WSA and given that it is an employer provided benefit, we felt that it is best for the employer to control the message that their covered members receive.

Information on Planning for School Re-Entry

Read this memo from Robert Mazzotta, Coordinator, Member Services, on School Re-entry for the fall.

Information Memo: Aug 28th 2020

Information Memo: June 26th 2020

 

Red for Ed T-Shirt Payments

 Can be made at https://parklandteachers.square.site/.

 

 

Questions about your Pension? 

 www.handsoffmypension.ca is a purpose built website to assist active and retired teachers to express their concerns about the Alberta Government's plan to transfer the assets of the Alberta Teachers' Retirement Fund (ATRF) to the Alberta Investment Management Corporation (AIMCo). The site includes a link to the ATA FAQ on the issue and a tool that will assist visitors to contact their MLAs.

 

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Parkland Teachers' Local 10 of the Alberta Teachers' Association is comprised of 632 teachers. Bordering the west side of the City of Edmonton, the Local geographically stretches 100 kilometers west of the Yellowhead Highway to the Pembina River at Entwistle while the North Saskatchewan River acts as the southern border.

Teachers work in public schools in:

  • the City of Spruce Grove
  • the Town of Stony Plain
  • the Villages of Seba Beach, Tomahawk, and Wabamun
  • the hamlets of Duffield and Entwistle
  • Parkland County communities of Blueberry, Graminia, Keephills, Muir Lake and Parkland Village.

Additionally, teachers are employed in outreach and alternate programs, in home-education and virtual delivery, and support roles within the district.

 

Questions about the content on this page should be addressed to Parkland Teachers' Local 10 at parklandteachers@shaw.ca


 

 Maximizing your HSA Account

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