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Collective Agreement Surrey Teachers

08 Apr Posted by in Uncategorized | Comments
Collective Agreement Surrey Teachers

This new discriminatory policy, which has not been well promoted in our district, has put our family in a very difficult financial situation. This new policy also gives us the feeling that adoptive parents are not as popular with our union and our district as birth parents, because the policy discriminates 20/19 teachers who are adoptive parents or birth parents. The Chair tried to explain to us that the decision was made to extend the mothers` birth weeks because she feels that they have to adapt more than adoptive parents or fathers. I told him that we had adopted five children from the Ministry of Children and Families (with special needs, including developmental delays, PTSD, FASD and ADR), and that a huge period of adjustment and transition is often required when you adopt children. As an adoptive mother and birth mother, adjustment can sometimes be more difficult for adoptive parents and take longer for transition, as there are often other factors that make it a challenge. READ ALSO: Surrey Teachers` Association of Collective Agreement Gatherings at NDP MLA Offices, September 19, 2020 READ ALSO: With B.C. Schools mostly closed, teachers get a three-year interim contract, March 26, 2020 The Surrey Teachers` Association President says he is “very pleased” to hear the provisional agreement for more than 45,000 teachers in the province. The BC Teachers` Federation and the BC Public School Employers` Association have reached an interim agreement, as indicated in a March 26 statement from the province. www.surreyschools.ca/departments/EDSC/Documents/ABA%20Home%20School%20Collaboration/ABA%20Home%20School%20Collaboration.pdf My husband and I are both teachers of the Surrey School School District. On April 10, 2017, my husband and I began parental leave to support the adoption of our youngest son. The choice of this special date for the start of our parental leave was based on the information contained in our collective agreement and information on the Surrey Teachers` Association website and our experience with adoption/parental leave in the District.

I have been a teacher in the county for 28 years, I took four maternity leave and I adopted 5 children during this period. The policy has always been the same. Whether I am adopting a child or giving birth to a child, I was given the opportunity to top up the salary at 95% for 2 weeks, and then to top up 70% of my salary for the next 15 weeks. This new policy and this change in our collective agreement is unfair and unfair. Yes, birth mothers should receive additional benefits, but not at the expense of adoptive mothers and other parents. Our eldest daughter is also a teacher in the Surrey school district and is about to see our grandchild born. While I am delighted that she can now access 23 weeks of 70% catch-up money, I think adoptive parents and birth parents could have retained access to at least 15 weeks of benefits for more than 70%. READ ALSO: `We need to triage`: Surrey teachers walk-in to support public education February 28, 2020 A reminder that, pursuant to section 47.22 of the collective agreement, teachers must request in writing both the Economic Welfare Committee and the District Human Resources Department their intention to request for the non-teaching experience within six (6) weeks of their appointment to the school district coming into effect. The announcement of the interim agreement comes as teachers find distance courses across the province due to the suspension of classroom instruction by the COVID-19 pandemic. Westphal added that he had not yet seen all the details of the agreement, but was eager to read it.

 

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