Oct 272016


The ESTA Nominations Committee (Pamela Patterson and Christine Piercey) is hereby giving notice of an election for the following ESTA Executive positions. 

Nominations are invited for the following position on the ESTA Executive. These positions will expire on June 30, 2019.

  • President
  • Secretary-Treasurer
  • 1st Member-at-Large

To learn more about the responsibilities for these positions, please refer to the ESTA Constitution. To obtain a copy, please ask your school’s union delegate or visit the ESTA website at www.esteachers.org

TIMELINE (adopted by ESTA Board of Directors on October 26, 2016):

October 27, 2016                  Notice of Election
November 10, 2016              Close of Nominations (must be received by 3:00 pm)
November 17, 2016               Election Statement (only necessary if the position is contested; limited to one page – must be received by 3:00 pm)
December 1, 2016                Election Day

Nominations should be e-mailed as attachments (with signatures) to Christine Piercey cjpiercey@hotmail.com or faxed to Gaspe Elementary School at (418) 368-2261. Please ask your school/centre’s union delegate for a nomination form if you are interested in any of the aforementioned executive positions.

Oct 272016

Dear Eastern Shores Teachers Association Members,

One of our goals for this school year is to provide you with pertinent and useful information and we want to communicate it to you in a more efficient way.  This is why we are asking you to sign up to our e-mail mailing list at the following address: https://goo.gl/2wOFg5 (You can also find the link or by clicking on the MailChimp mailing list icon on our website.)

Our objective is to allow us to communicate with you in a more direct fashion without having to go through the school board’s server with union information.  This information is sometimes confidential.

Rest assured that the information you provide to us will remain completely confidential and internal. We guarantee that you will not be bombarded on a daily basis, only when the need arises.

Thank you for your trust and participation in this initiative.


Ray Venables

Aug 252016

In accordance with article 4-3.00 of the current ESSB-ESTA local agreement, the school council is an important element for the proper functioning of a school: “4-3.01 The teachers of a school shall contribute to the pedagogical and disciplinary administration of that school through the operation of a school council.” Here is what our local agreement outlines in terms of the timing for the creation of this group: “4-3.04 At a staff meeting held within the first three working days of the school year, the staff shall elect the members of the school council for the current school year. Failing this, the school council will be elected at the first staff meeting of the new school year.”

At these meetings, I recommend that the teachers also elect their school/centre union representatives. According to ESTA’s constitution, each school/centre should appoint one union delegate. However, if the school/centre has a member of the ESTA executive on staff, then he/she must also act as the school/centre’s union delegate. In the latter case, no election is necessary.

Each appointed union delegate for the 2016-2017 school year should communicate their appointment with the ESTA office as soon as possible, preferably by email. The names of the school council representatives do no need to be communicated to the ESTA office.

Aug 162016

The Federal Liberal Government introduced a tax deduction for the purchase of school materials by teachers. So this year, remember to keep copies of receipts for any items that you purchase in connection with teaching and preparing your classroom for the new school year — they may be useful when you file your annual income tax!

For more information concerning eligible, tax-deductable expenses, please visit the Canada Revenue Agency’s website: http://www.cra-arc.gc.ca/gncy/bdgt/2016/qa03-eng.html


Aug 162016

We sincerely hope that all teachers have had an enjoyable and restful summer break. ESTA would like to wish all teachers a successful and rewarding 2016-2017 academic year. As a reminder, here are the dates that youth sector teachers will return to work:

  • August 22: Baie Comeau, New Richmond, New Carlisle, Shigawake-Port Daniel, Gaspe Polyvalent, Gaspe Elementary, Belle Anse
  • August 24: Riverview, Fermont, Queen Elizabeth, Flemming
  • August 25: Escuminac, Grosse Ile, Metis Beach, Evergreen, St. Patrick’s
Aug 162016

The Eastern Shores School Board priority of employment list (youth sector) and recall list (adult and vocational education) have been updated and are now available. It is important to verify the teacher seniority lists and notify the union office within forty (40) working days to correct any errors or omissions. Copies of the list can be found in the following places:

  • School/centre bulletin boards
  • On the ESTA website under the “Members” tab (ask your union delegate for the password)
  • Requesting a copy from your school/centre administrator or the school board’s Human Resources Department
Aug 012016
molumen-phone-iconEffective September 2016, ESTA will no longer maintain the following phone numbers: (418) 680-0001 and 1-888-584-0001 In the future, the ESTA office can be reached by phone at (418) 680-2163. The fax number remains unchanged. Thank you for updating this contact information.