Updates From The President

September 3, 2019

Welcome back!

We hope you all had a wonderful first day back with the students. As usual, should you have any questions, if you wish for us to visit your school or you simply want to run something by us, feel free to contact us by email or directly in the LTU office. All our contact info can be found under “Contact” on our web page. We encourage you to check out the information we have available on the web page and we update documents as needed. We wish you success and all the best for the 2019-20 school year.

 

LTU UPDATES

TEACHER COUNCIL

All TC documents and the PowerPoint presentation have been updated as of today on the website.

 

LTU COMMITTEES

The email to apply for the various LTU committees was sent today to all teachers. The deadline to apply is September 13th.

 

 

2019 DELEGATE CONFERENCE AT MANOIR SAINT-SAUVEUR – SEPTEMBER 28-29

All delegates have received the 2019 Delegate Conference information which will be held at Manoir Saint-Sauveur on September 28-29. Please respond ASAP as we have to confirm with the hotel. It is very important to attend or to delegate another member of staff (preferably the TC Chair) as many presentations will be given on various issues which impact the teachers on a daily basis. The QPAT staff, LTU staff and a representative from Starling Minds will be presenting the various workshops which differ from the ones from the conference 2 years ago. Please get back to Loretta ASAP.

 

 

NEW TEACHER WORKSHOP – SEPTEMBER 27

A workshop for new teachers will be held on Friday, September 27th at 1PM at the Manoir Saint-Sauveur (lunch will be available as of noon). The information was sent to all teacherS by Loretta last week. We have 50 spots available on a first come, first served basis. PIC has agreed to cover the release. Priority will be given to E1s hired in the last 5 years, then Recall teachers hired in the past 5 years. If you do not fit that criteria and wish to attend, please inform Loretta (loretta@ltu.ca) and your name will be added to  waiting list. We will confirm your attendance on September 20th. We look forward to seeing you there!

 

 

LTU ELECTIONS FOR VACANT POSITIONS ON THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS

All the information regarding our upcoming election for 2 vacant Board of Directors positions (Laurentian High Schools and Adult/Vocational Education) were emailed last week. Please read the information carefully as there are strict deadlines to respect for the nomination process.

 

 

SIR WILFRID LAURIER POLICIES

The new Harassment Policy is in effect as of July 1, 2019. You can find it on the school board website and we strongly encourage you to take a look.

 

 

QPAT UPDATES

PROVINCIAL NEGOTIATIONS – INTERSECTORIAL GMAIL SURVEY

Please check your board email to access the survey for intersectorial negotiations. Your answers will be brought back to QPAt and will inform the negotiating team as to how to proceed. Your input is valuable and the survey only takes a few minutes to complete. Thank you to everyone who has already responded.

 

 

T-SHIRTS FOR NEGOTIATIONS

An email will be sent to you shortly regarding the model and size of t-shirt you require for actions during negotiations. Solidarity is key to our success so please take the few minutes to respond. For those who do not, we will select a random size based on the sampling from the respondents which will be sent directly to you school sometime in October.

 

 

 

May 30, 2019

AGM Report of the President

2018-19

 

As another school year comes to an end, it is hard to believe that I have had the privilege of working at the Laurier Teachers’ Union for the past 9 years and representing the LTU membership as President for the past three (3) years. Stephan Ethier, Director of Membership Welfare, and Serge Landry, Director of Pedagogical Affairs, continue to work hard to represent you at the various tables at both the local and provincial levels.

 

There were many changes at the school board again this year. Most notably, Gaëlle Absolonne returned to the Sir Wilfrid Laurier School Board (SWLSB) as Director General effective September 2018. François Badin is currently the interim Director of Human Resources until Stephanie Krenn takes her function when the board hires a new Secretary General. Two (2) principals, Eric Ruggi and Lisa Verrall, have been named interim Assistant Directors of HR.

 

At the provincial level, I continue to sit as Member-at-Large of the Executive Committee and of the Board of Directors of the Quebec Provincial Association of Teachers (QPAT). In addition to provincial negotiations, the new CAQ government is keeping us on our toes with various initiatives which are popping up left and right such as the Pre-Kindergarten groups, the periods of 20-minute recess as well as the proposed ban on wearing religious symbols (Bill 21). QPAT continues exercise its influence to ensure the government knows how their decisions impact educators in Quebec.

 

There were also many changes at QPAT this year. Sébastien Joly was hired as our Executive Director as of January 2019; Heidi Yetman was acclaimed as President effective March 2019; Anne-Marie Rheubottom joined the QPAT staff in July 2018. I certainly appreciate all the hard work and dedication of the QPAT staff and the support staff for their continued support to the locals and their hard work and dedication to all the teachers in the anglophone sector in Quebec.

 

I also had the pleasure of joining the Canadian Teachers’ Federation (CTF) delegation at the Annual General Meeting in Edmonton, Alberta last summer. This summer, I will also be attending the Women’s Symposium in Vancouver in June and will also attend the Education International World Congress in Bangkok in July.

 

At the local level, I continue to stay informed and influence policy by sitting on various standing committees such as Board Parity, Labour Relations (LRC), Health and Safety, Educational Policies (EPC), etc.. I also attend the meetings of the Council of Commissioners as well as any other meetings where I can gather pertinent information to bring back to the teachers.

 

Some of the my highlights of the year include:

 

  • Welcoming and training our new administrative assistant, Loretta Gifuni
  • Launching your new LTU website
  • Meeting with delegates and teachers in their schools
  • Responding to numerous consultations on various policies: Commitment to Success, Tobacco, Alcohol & Drugs, Harassment, Safe & Caring Schools School Fees Charged to Parents. The Secondary Program of Studies and the 240 School are currently being discussed at the Educational Policies Committee.
  • Consulting the membership about upcoming provincial negotiations and various board policies
  • Preparing for our upcoming Delegate Conference in Fall 2019
  • Attending provincial and national meetings and workshops

 

I would like to thank the members of the LTU Executive and Board of Directors. You are the decision-makers of this union organization and our discussions and exchanges are what keeps this union moving in the right direction. A big THANK YOU to our outgoing Directors, Laura McTavish, Sonya David and Mark Sanchini, for your participation and for representing your sectors. I would also like to welcome our newly acclaimed Board of Directors members, Mary Antioco and Alexandra Rachita,  as well as our newly elected member, Myriam Lévesque, and look forward to working with each of you in the upcoming school year.

 

Without the school delegates and committee members, we would not be able to accomplish as much as we do. Your participation, dedication and involvement is necessary and greatly appreciated. We acknowledge all that you do for the teachers in your school and look forward to continuing working with you to ensure you have the most up-to-date information and to get a feeling for what is happening in your schools.

 

Stephan Ethier and Serge Landry, I am humbled and grateful for your continued support and collaboration. It truly is a pleasure to work with such a wonderful team every day. Loretta Gifuni joined our team as Administrative Assistant this year and has been working tirelessly to ensure that the office runs smoothly while transitioning very well into her new role. I look forward to seeing what the coming years have in store for us at the LTU office.

 

Lastly, but certainly not leastly, I wish to recognize the members who get involved, stay informed, show up at meetings, participate the consultation process, respond to our surveys, and who work to help us ensure that your rights are respected. The Laurier Teachers’ Union is more than the four (4) of us in the office who manage the day-to-day.  We are only as strong as our membership – YOU ARE THE UNION!!

 

 

Have a fabulous and restful summer!!!

 

 

Stephanie McLellan

May 17, 2019

LTU UPDATES

LSA ELECTION RESULTS

Two candidates, Mark Sanchini and Myriam Levèsque, were nominated for the position of Sector Director of Laval Senior. Myriam Levésque has been elected to the Board of Directors for the 2019-22 term. Thank you to Mark for his years of service and welcome to Myriam.

UPCOMING ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on May 22nd beginning at 5 PM in the library of Laval Junior Academy. We are hoping to see you in great numbers next week.

YOU ARE THE UNION!

 

CONSULTATION ON SWLSB POLICIES

No new consultations at this time.

 

QPAT UPDATES

Provincial Negotiations

The second phase of consultation with teachers on sectorial negotiations has ended. Thank you to the 365 LTU members who took the time to fill out the electronic survey.  A big THANK YOU to all the delegates and sector directors who helped inform the teachers in your schools. The results and comments have been transmitted to QPAT. A total of 3268 members took part in the consultation province-wide.

The consultation for the inter-sectorial negotiations should be ready early next school year.

BILL 21

QPAT has been working tirelessly to express teachers’ concerns regarding the proposed bill banning the wearing of religious symbols in public institutions.

Link to QPAT’s Brief on Bill 21:

https://qpat-apeq.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2019/05/Brief-Bill-21.pdf

Link to  President Heidi Yetman’s presentation at the Parliamentary Commission on Bill 21, National Assembly (May 9, 2019):

http://www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/video-audio/archives-parlementaires/travaux-commissions/AudioVideo-80375.html

Petition:
Removal of public educational institutions from the application of Bill 21, An act respecting the laicity of the State

The deadline to sign the petition is June 7th, 2019. Please sign and share if you are in agreement.
PODCASTS
Episode 1: Violence in Schools with Nancy Champagne
Episode 2: Women in Leadership Roles with Heidi Yetman

 

YOU ARE THE UNION!

April 10, 2019

LTU UPDATES

LTU ACCLAMATIONS

We are very pleased to announce the following acclamations for a three-year term (2019-22):

Stephan Ethier as Director of Membership Welfare

Dan Strina as Director for Lanaudière & Rive Nord Elementary

Alexandra Rachita as Director of Adult & Vocational Centres

We would like to thank all the candidates and outgoing Directors for their dedication to the LTU membership!

LSA ELECTION

Two candidates, Mark Sanchini and Myriam Levèsque, were nominated for the position of Sector Director of Laval Senior. As a result, an election will be held at LSA on April 17th. The delegate should inform the teachers as to the time and place of the vote. Only Phoenix and the LSA teachers will vote for their representative.

SCHOOL VISITS

We are available for school visits. Please let your delegate know should you wish for us to stop by your school. Your delegate just has to contact Loretta by email or call the office to schedule a school visit from the LTU office.

UPCOMING DELEGATE EVENING MEETING

A regular meeting of the delegates will be held on April 17th beginning at 4:30 PM in the library of Laval Junior Academy. All delegates are expected to attend.

UPCOMING LTU ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM will be held at 5 PM in the library of Laval Junior Academy. All teachers are welcome. YOU ARE THE UNION!

 

CONSULTATION ON SWLSB POLICIES

The Policy on School Fees Charged to Parents – Youth Sector was out for consultation from February 28th to April 10th. A response was submitted by LTU.

 

QPAT UPDATES

Convention 2019

Peter Mansbridge has been confirmed as the keynote speaker. The deadline to submit to give a workshop was also extended. Please see the link below for more details.

https://qpat-apeq.qc.ca/convention/

Provincial Negotiations

The second phase of consultation with teachers on sectorial negotiations has begun. School delegates have received the information and should be holding a meeting in each school. Once the meeting is held, we will send the teachers a link to a Google survey. The survey have to be completed by April 29th.

We would like to thank all the school delegates for their time and cooperation!

YOU ARE THE UNION!

January 31st, 2019

LTU UPDATES

New Board of Directors Members

Frank De Luca is the new Chair of the LTU Board of Directors. Welcome back, Frank!

Laura MacTavish stepped down as Director of Laurentians Elementary sector in December. We would like to thank Laura MacTavish for her work on the Board of Directors. Mary Antioco has been acclaimed as the new director for the remainder of the 2018-20 term. Welcome back, Mary!

Reno Vaccaro was recently named to the position of Director for East Laval Elementary. Thank you for stepping up and representing your sector!

School Visits

We are available for school visits. Please let your delegate know should you wish for us to stop by your school. Your delegate just has to contact Loretta by email or call the office to schedule a school visit from the LTU office.

 

CONSULTATION ON SWLSB POLICIES

Two policies have just recently gone out for consultation:

Policy on Harassment

Responses are due back by March 4th from the various stakeholders. We have shared the consultation with our Board of Directors for comments and will submit an official response.

Policy on Safe and Caring Schools and Centres

Responses are due back by March 8th. I would like to thank Stephan Ethier for his participation in the sub-committee at the school board.

Please note that all Governing Boards should also be submitting a response and the teachers sitting on GB should be giving input at the meetings.

QPAT UPDATES

New Executive Director and President

Sébastien Joly is the new Executive Director effective January 1, 2019.

Heidi Yetman, the former president of PTU, is the newly acclaimed QPAT President.

Petition: Removal of public educational institutions from the application of Bill 21

Convention 2019

Information should be coming soon regarding Convention 2019

Provincial Negotiations

The second phase of consultation with teachers on Sectorial and Inter-Sectorial Negotiations should happen in the spring.

We would like to thank all the school delegates and teachers who participated in the first wave of consultations. About 450 people responded from LTU.  The total results for QPAT were 2646.

YOU ARE THE UNION!

November 2nd, 2018

It is hard to believe that we are already in November!!

EMAILS TO LTU

It has been reported to us by a few teachers and delegates that they have not received replies from us.  Please be aware that some emails sent through the school board email system are not getting through to us and it is very possible that we never received them. If it has been more than a week and we have not replied, please resend it or call the office to see if we have taken note of it. Sorry for any inconvenience this could have caused.

 

QPAT UPDATES

An email was sent by Loretta to all teachers last week with information about the following topics:

  • Get Connected Application
  • Letter to M. Legault regarding Religious Symbols
  • Project Oversees Applications

 

QPAT CONVENTION

Qpat Convention is on November 8th and 9th next week.

You can find all the information on the QPAT webpage:

https://qpat-apeq.qc.ca/convention/

The tickets were sent to each school more than 2 weeks ago so see you school delegate for a ticket. Tickets are strictly reserved for teachers and should not be distributed to other employees, friends or family.

 

CONSULTATION ON UPCOMING PROVINCIAL NEGOTIATIONS

Each school delegate was asked to consult their staff and send the information back to LTU by November 9th. All documents were sent to the individual delegates on October 26th and should have been forwarded to you. We look forward to receiving the tally sheets from each school. Do not miss out on the opportunity to have your say – YOU ARE THE UNION!

 

SCHOOL VISITS

Should you wish to have the three of us from the LTU office visit your school, please let your school delegate know. The delegate simply has to contact Loretta to schedule the visit. We have already visited some schools this year and we hope to see as many of you as we can during the course of the 2018-19 school year.

October 1st, 2018

I hope your 2018-19 school year is getting off to a great start!

It is with great excitement that we are able to share your new Laurier Teachers Union website with you! It has been a lot of hard work but we are proud to launch a more user-friendly site with all the information you need to start finding the answers to your very important questions.

This week will be our soft launch. Please look around and do not hesitate to let us know should something not be working right. We have included that as an option in the pull-down menu in the Contact Us section of the page.

We will also be adding a Portal in the upcoming weeks where our Executive Committee, Sector Directors, School Delegates and all other LTU committee members will be able to access information, notices, updates and documentation right from our site. All your LTU information in one place!

We look forward to your comments and feedback regarding your new LTU site and to seeing you over the course of this school year!

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