Jun 202016

The 2015-2020 collective agreement between QPAT and the CPNCA was signed June 16, 2016.

It provides for retroactivity on salary.

This retroactivity will be paid before September 30, 2016 for those employed during the 2015-2016 school year. Those who only worked during the 2014-2015 school year will be paid retroactivity fifteen days after those who worked the 2015-2016 school year are paid.


La convention collective 2015-2020 liant l’APEQ et le CPNCA a été signée le 16 juin 2016.

Elle prévoit une rétroactivité sur les clauses salariales.

Cette rétroactivité sera payée avant le 30 septembre 2016 pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2015-2016. Pour les personnes qui étaient à l’emploi durant l’année scolaire 2014-2015 seulement la rétroactivité sera payée dans les 15 jours suivant le paiement des personnes à l’emploi en 2015-2016.

May 032016

The Nominations Committee for the executive elections (comprised of Pamela Patterson and Jan Patterson) declare the elected to be:

  • Gillian Garrett – 1st Vice-President (acclaimed)
  • Erin Ross – 2nd Vice-President (acclaimed)
  • Ruth Copping – 2nd Member-at-Large (elected)

Congratulations to all returning and new officers to the Executive of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association.  As a result, the ESTA Executive now consists of the following people:

Name  — Position — Term Ends June 30th
Ray Venables — President — 2017
Gillian Garrett — 1st Vice-President — 2018
Erin Ross — 2nd Vice-President — 2018
Adele Flowers — Secretary-Treasurer — 2017
Averill Huxter — 1st Member-at-Large — 2017
Ruth Copping — 2nd Member-at-Large — 2018

Apr 132016


The ESTA Nominations Committee (Jan Patterson and Pam Patterson) is hereby giving notice of an election for the following ESTA Executive position.

Nominations are invited for the following positions on the ESTA Executive. These positions will expire on June 30, 2018.

  • 1st Vice President
  • 2nd Vice President
  • 2nd Member-at-Large

To learn more about the responsibilities for these positions, please refer to the ESTA Constitution (available on the ESTA website at www.esteachers.org).

TIMELINE (adopted by ESTA Board of Directors on April 6, 2016):

April 7, 2016              Notice of Election
April 15, 2016            Close of Nominations (nomination forms must be received at the ESTA office by 3:00 pm of this date)
April 20, 2016            Election Statement (only necessary if the position is contested; limited to one page – must be received by 3:00 pm of this date)
April 29, 2016            Election Day (if necessary)

Nominations should be e-mailed or faxed to the ESTA office. Please see your school/centre’s union delegate for a nomination form.

Feb 222016

Please be aware of the following important dates for ESSB teachers:

  • April 1: deadline for teachers to request progressive retirement plans
  • April 1: deadline for teachers to request sabbatical leaves
  • April 1: deadline to request leaves of absences without pay (partial or full-time) for 2016-2017. (NB. Teachers who do not renew their LOA are assumed to be returning full-time.)
  • A teacher requesting a re-evaluation of schooling for advancement in step on the salary scale must provide the documents before this date.
  • April 15: Teachers inform the school administration of their assignment preferences for the following school year.
Jan 162016

During a recent general vote of the membership of the Eastern Shores Teacher Association, a vote was conducted to ratify the Agreement in Principle. The results are as the following:

YES: 113 (91%)
NO: 11 (9%)

Therefore, the members have votes IN FAVOUR of accepting the Agreement in Principle. I would like to thank all those who participated in the vote.

Ray Venables

Oct 092015

The Common Front (which is made up of 400 000 public sector employees) announced the strike dates today during a press release. The Common Front has determined that a rotating strike will take place by regions in Quebec.

ESTA will, therefore, strike on the following dates:
– October 27
– November 12 and 13

Oct 052015

Dear teachers, colleagues and union delegates:

In 1994, UNESCO inaugurated October 5 as World Teachers’ Day. World Teachers’ Day represents an opportunity to express an awareness, understanding and appreciation displayed for the vital contribution that teachers make to education and development.

Today, October 5, I celebrate World Teachers’ Day with you and over 100 other countries  through a public awareness campaign that highlights the contributions of the teaching profession.

I know that it may seem a paradox to celebrate during the difficult, ongoing provincial negotiations that we’re facing in Quebec. Nevertheless, it’s important to take time to celebrate our contributions and the positive impact that they have on our students and communities.

Have a good union day,

Ray Venables

Eastern Shores Teachers Association
Association des enseignants(es) Eastern Shores

Sep 172015


Tonight, the teachers of the Eastern Shores Teachers Association have vote IN FAVOUR of a bank of six (6) strike days, to be carried out as part of the Common Front.



YES VOTES:                           110 (91%)

NO VOTES:                            11 (9%)

SPOILED BALLOTS:            1

Sep 142015

On Monday, September 14, 2015, the ESTA Board of Directors were briefed on the lack of progress at the provincial negotiations table. The Board of Directors voted unanimously to conduct a general vote of the membership in order to obtain a legal strike mandate.

The general vote will occur at the same time in all schools and centres within the Eastern Shores territory. Each union delegate will conduct a vote by secret ballot in his/her school following an online presentation by Ray Venables, ESTA President.

DATE: Thursday, September 17, 2015
TIME: 4 p.m.
LOCATION: ESSB schools and centres
For more information, please ask your school/centre’s union delegate.