Staff cooperation is characterized by a late start in secondary education (approximately 8:30 a.m. to 9:45 a.m.m.) and early discharge of students to primary schools (from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.m. The North Vancouver Board of Education looks forward to working with our two partner unions to successfully renew our two collective agreements. These agreements apply to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 389 and the North Vancouver Teachers` Association (NVTA). Collective agreements are not designed as all-inclusive documents. On the contrary, they outline the terms of employment on which the parties have agreed. Why can`t schools organize staff working time at Professional Development Days or combine all Times collaborations in one day? For CUPE Local 389, negotiations are 100 per cent local. All issues are negotiated by local parties and are subject to ratification by local members and the North Vancouver Board of Education. There are two provincial parties that must also ratify the agreement – the Public School Employers Association (BCPSEA), which represents the province`s 60 public education bodies, and CUPE BEFORE CHRIST. During the 2012/13 calendar review process, joint partners of the Calendar Steering Group School of the North Vancouver School District expressed interest in creating a common “collaborative time” for all schools.
The Board of Education supported this concept and Staff Collaboration Time was first included in the North Vancouver School District calendar in 2013/2014. The goal of the cooperation is to bring school staff together to conduct activities and discussions that support and improve student progress and performance. The “Four Pillars” of education are at the heart of cooperation: our 25 primary schools and 7 secondary schools, 2650 staff and 16,000 students offer a safe and caring environment based on trust, respect, responsibility and cooperation. Are you a positive and motivated person who wants to learn, share and grow? So North Vancouver School District is the place to start or pursue your career. Local negotiations with the two unions have not yet begun, but are expected to begin within the next three months. Both collective agreements expire on June 30, 2019, but all conditions in the agreements remain in effect until the other trading date, even after that date. Legal steps can only be taken after the current contract expires on 30 June 2019, and only after the coordination of the tariff unit for trade union action. We hope that new collective agreements will be successfully negotiated without labour disputes. The collective agreement specifies that three of the professional development dates must be chosen by the local teachers` association and planned throughout the district. The NVTA informs the school district, before May 1 of each year, of the dates chosen for the following school year.
The cooperation days are separate from the contractual professional development days of the collective agreement. The goal is to increase opportunities for employees to work together outside the classroom to talk and learn from each other through ideas.