Where can I find information about my salary and benefits?
See the Salary and Benefits
page for information about benefits and salary grids (April 1, 2006,
through June 30, 2010).
How do I apply for a leave? What types of leaves am I entitled to?
Firstly, it is important to know what type of leave you are requesting.
For example, information about sick leave allowances is found in Article
G.20.2. Information regarding all other types of leaves is found in
Article G.21 of the VSB/VTF Collective Agreement. Contact VSTA if you are
uncertain what leave best suits your situation.
How do I apply for an upgrade in my teaching category, such as
All applications for upgrading must be directed to the Teacher
Qualification Service. Go to the TQS website at
www.tqs.bc.ca for information or call TQS at
604-736-5484. Application forms and procedures are available from the
What are the rules around the purchase of pensionable service for
personal leaves of absence?
Since March 31, 2007, the time window for the purchase of pensionable
service for leaves of absence has been set at five years by the
Teachersâ€™ Pension Plan. This means that when a teacher takes any leave
of absence without pay or with partial pay, including maternity and
parental leaves, s/he has only five years from the end of the leave to
purchase the service for that leave. Members can find additional
information on the purchase of leaves of absence from the TPP website,
www.tpp.pensionsbc.ca. Go to Teachersâ€™ Pension Plan and find
Purchase of Service under Tools. The Tools also
include a Purchase Cost Estimator.
Where do I find information about my pension and upcoming pension
Information regarding teachersâ€™ pensions is available on both the BCTF
and Teachersâ€™ Pension Plan websites:
www.tpp.pensionsbc.ca. Teachers can access their personal account
which details their history of pensionable service through My Account
at the TPP website. The TPP website also provides information and
registration materials for teachersâ€™ pension plan seminars. Questions
can also be directed to the staff at the BCTF Income Security Division.
What is the
role of a school's Staff Committee?
The primary function of the Staff Committee is to provide advice to the
Principal/Vice-Principal(s) in relation to the operation of the
school. It is the schoolâ€™s only democratic body authorized by the
Collective Agreement to provide advice on behalf of the staff. Specific
details regarding the committeeâ€™s composition, function, and meetings
are found in the VBE/VTF Collective Agreement, Article A.5.5.C.
What are my rights regarding parent walkabouts versus parent-teacher
Teacher attendance at Walkabouts during the first few weeks of school is
voluntary. Walkabouts are not meetings or informal reports in respect of
studentsâ€™ school progress nor are they meetings or conferences called by
the principal as defined by School Act Regulations. Walkabouts
do, however, provide an opportunity for teachers to meet and talk with
parents about their classes. As a matter of common courtesy, teachers
unable to attend a Walkabout should notify their principal.
Parent-teacher conferences are included as informal reports on student
progress as defined by The School Act regulations. As such,
attendance by teachers is a duty.
What are the expectations and/or rules around Pro-D, including
As of the fall of 2007, the VSTA has developed and adopted a document
Guidelines for Self-Directed Professional Development.â€� Please
visit the Pro-D section of the VSTA website for additional
information. The VBE/VTF Collective Agreement, Article F. 21, also provides
information on Professional Development.
Who is eligible for SIF? How do I apply for the VSTA SIF? What is SIF?
The VSTA Salary Indemnity Fund is a
top-up plan available to all VSTA teachers on a continuing contract.
Membership in the SIF is optional and is paid once a year directly by
the member. A member must join before his/her 30th birthday or by
October 31st of the year s/he is first hired by the VBE if
past the age of 30. Application forms are distributed to teachers every
fall at their school site, are downloadable from our website, and/or can
be picked up at the VSTA office. If a member finds himself/herself on
the BCTF Salary Indemnity Plan (short- term), the VSTA SIF pays an
additional 15% top up (of your gross salary). Benefits are payable to a
maximum of 20 school days for days of absence due to illness or accident after
the expiration of sick leave. Further details are available from the
What is the BCTF SIP?
The BCTF operates its own Salary Indemnity Plan, providing both
short-term and long-term benefits to members disabled from employment as
a result of illness or accident. The BCTF Salary Indemnity Plan is a
mandatory benefit to which all members contribute.
- Benefits begin on the first
teaching day following the termination of sick leave
- The benefit is 50% of salary,
with the basic benefit never less than the Employment Insurance
- Claimants receive full
pensionable service credit
- The maximum number of teaching
days for which benefits are paid in respect of a single illness or
accident is 120
- No benefits are paid in July or
- Long-term is administered for
the BCTF by Great-West Life Assurance Company
- Specific details are available
in the Membersâ€™ Guide to the BCTF, the BCTF Income
Security Office, and the website,
the Salary Indemnity Plan (SIP), Short-Term and Long-Term, must be made
to the BCTF Income Security Division (telephone 604-871-1921). Check
BCTF SIF FAQs at
What are the contractual responsibilities and ethical boundaries of a
department head/teacher leader?
There is no specific language in the VBE/VTF Collective Agreement about
the contractual responsibilities of department heads. Like all members
of the BCTF, department heads are expected to adhere to the Code of
Ethics, the general rules for all members for maintaining high
standards of professional service and conduct towards students,
colleagues, and the professional union. Department Heads do not
supervise teachers. They are the peer and equal of all teachers.
Does the VBE have an employee assistance program? If so, how do I access
All VBE employees and their immediate family members have access to the
Employee Assistance Program, a confidential and voluntary service that
provides practical support. There is no cost to use your EAP. You can
contact your EAP toll-free at 1-800-268-5211 (24 hours a day, seven days
a week) or visit counselling at
my teaching load be changed after I accept a position?
Under Article E.21.1 of the VBE/VTF Collective Agreement, it is
understood that â€œa vacancy being filled may be modified prior to filling
due to enrolment/program changes.â€� Simply put, the
teaching assignment cannot be altered unless the Principal/Vice-Principal(s)
can demonstrate that an enrolment/program change was necessary.
In terms of posting and filling vacancies, what do the designations A
through F mean?
The VBE/VTF Collective Agreement states that qualified applicants will
be interviewed and offered positions according to the categories, with A
having the highest priority. See Article E.21.4.
When does a
teaching job need to be posted?
When the Board becomes aware that a position will be vacant for longer
than three (3) consecutive months in a school year, the position is
posted for seven (7) calendar days at the Union and Area Offices and
concurrently at all worksites (Article E.21.2).
Under what circumstances are teachers required to provide coverage
during their non-instructional block? How are teachers compensated?
Who keeps track of their time?
There have been two grievance settlements (1994 and 2001) which have
resulted in the following outline of guidelines. Note that for both
teachers and TOCs, compensation is NOT provided in the following
- Late arrival of a teacher or an
- Any emergencies or sudden
illness necessitating the absence of a teacher from a classroom
- Large workshops or activities
which delete the TOC list
- Epidemics that delete the TOC
Excluding the above noted
circumstances, teachers and TOCs are entitled to compensation when
they are asked to cover a class during their non-instructional time.
Process to follow
in compensating teachers and TOCs in situations
where they are asked to cover during non-instructional time
- A teacher who is owed
a compensatory block is entitled to the compensatory block.
- As TOCs must be called out
for a half day minimum, schools are encouraged to organize
compensation in 1/2 day increments, ie. teachers should accumulate
two or more blocks.
- TOCs are entitled to the
same scheduled non-instructional time as the teacher
they are replacing.
- Should an TOC be asked to
cover for a different teacher during their non-instructional
block, they are entitled to
an additional 1/4 day's pay.
A form for
claiming compensatory time is available in every school office. It is
completed and signed by the Principal/Vice-Principal and forwarded to
the VBE, Human Resources. It is strongly recommended that all teachers
and TOCs also keep an accurate record of their lost non-instructional
What should I do if I have a fall at work and/or experience some type of
If you suffer an occupational injury, report it immediately to
your supervisor, usually the vice-principal in charge of health and
safety, by completing a WorkSafeBC Form 6A (Worker's Report of
Injury or Occupational Disease to Employer). The
injury should also be reported to the site-based Occupational First Aid
Attendant prior to leaving the workplace. The first aid book
should be completed by the First attendant as per OH&S regulation 3.19. If an initial injury
is not immediately reported to WorkSafeBC, the employee will
lose entitlement to WCB coverage.
The forms are available at the
school or can be downloaded from
http://www.worksafebc.com/forms/default.asp?showTab=workers#workers. On both pages of the Form 6A write the
following: â€œThe worker requests a copy of the employerâ€™s report be
sent to the Workersâ€™ Compensation Board.â€� This note is necessary
because many school boards, including the VBE, do not forward accident
reports unless the employee takes time off work as a result of the
accident. You should also make a copy of the Form 6A and forward it to
the VSTA office and keep a copy for yourself. If the VSTA is not aware
of the injury report, we cannot effectively advocate on your behalf if
that becomes necessary.
In addition, you must
also complete the WorkSafeBC Form 6: APPLICATION FOR
COMPENSATION AND REPORT OF INJURY OR OCCUPATIONAL DISEASE".
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