The Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board (DPCDSB) has recently announced the signing of the new collective agreement with the Occasional Teachers bargaining unit. This agreement is in effect from September 1, 2019, to August 31, 2022.
The agreement covers approximately 500 occasional teachers who work within the DPCDSB. It includes provisions that address numerous areas related to working conditions, duties, and compensation.
One of the essential provisions in the new agreement is an increase in wages. Occasional teachers will receive a salary increase of 1.25% in each of the three years covered by the agreement. Additionally, the new contract provides for a one-time payment of $250 to each occasional teacher to recognize their work during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The agreement also includes changes to the process for awarding long-term occasional assignments. These assignments, which are for positions of four or more weeks, will be offered to qualified occasional teachers based on seniority and qualifications. The DPCDSB will also ensure that long-term occasional teachers have access to professional development opportunities.
The new collective agreement also provides for an increased sick leave plan. Occasional teachers will be eligible to receive up to 10 days of sick leave per year without any requirement for a doctor`s note. This change is intended to reduce the burden on teachers who may not be able to obtain medical documentation quickly.
The DPCDSB is committed to providing a supportive and respectful work environment for all employees. The new collective agreement includes provisions that promote respectful and professional interactions between teachers and students. Additionally, the board will provide training to occasional teachers on responding to disruptive student behavior.
In conclusion, the DPCDSB Occasional Teachers collective agreement provides significant benefits to occasional teachers working within the board. The agreement includes wage increases, improved long-term occasional assignment processes, an increased sick leave plan, and professional development opportunities. The board is committed to ensuring that all employees work in a supportive, respectful, and professional environment.