Apr 292014

Clause 8-5.01 of the Collective Agreement states that “A teacher’s work year shall comprise 200 workdays and, unless there is an agreement to the contrary between the board and the union, it shall begin on September 1 and end on the following June 30.” It is generally agreed that an agreement to begin the school year earlier than September 1st is advantageous to teachers and students since it allows for more breaks throughout the year. Therefore, clause 8-5.02 (a) of our local agreement states that “The union and the board shall meet prior to May 1st of each school year to commence negotiations on the placement of the work days for the following school year.  The process should be finalized by May 15th.”

As a result of the consultation in eleven (11) of ESSB’s school (i.e. those that ESSB has its own bussing service) and the subsequent vote for next year’s school calendar, the results are the following:

Calendar 1:          35 Votes
Calendar 2:          17 Votes
Calendar 3:          14 Votes
Calendar 4:          19 Votes

Therefore, the ESTA negotiating team will meet with ESSB next week to negotiate calendar 1. Thank you to all those who participated in this democratic process.

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