New Teachers: First Things First
If you are a new member to the Teachers' / Occasional Teachers' Bargaining Unit, see below for a list of five important tasks that new members should complete as soon as possible once hired to get off to a good start:
1 - Obtain the Collective Agreement
When you are hired, the Board must provide you with a copy of the Collective Agreement. It is available on this site as well, but the employer is required to provide you with your own hard copy. New members should ask for one if it is not provided to them.
Read through the Collective Agreement and file it in a conveniently accessible location. You will have occasion to refer to this document from time to time.
2 - Contact OTIP to Complete Your Group Benefits Enrolment
As a TLDSB employee you have access to Group Benefits. Some of these benefits may be mandatory conditions of your employment, others will be optional. You should review the material, complete and return any required forms and contact the Ontario Teachers' Insurance Plan (OTIP) to arrange your enrolment at the earliest possible moment to avoid any unpleasant complications.
Questions regarding benefits should be directed to John Mazara at the District Office.
3 - Apply for Additional Teaching Experience and Related Experience
If you have previous teaching experience or experience gained through active employment that relates to the area in which you were hired to teach, then you may be eligible for recognition on the salary grid. You have up to six months from the first day worked after being hired by TLDSB in which to apply for this recognition, but why wait? Ask the HR Department about it when you are hired, and contact the District Office to assist you in putting together your claim. To support your claim, you will be required to provide appropriate documentation.
See Article L7.05 in the Collective Agreement for more information regarding the process and the conditions for the granting of Related Work Experience.
4 - Meet the Union Rep
Find out who the OSSTF Branch President or Representative is at your work site and introduce yourself. He or she can be a tremendous resource and support for you on a wide range of issues. Find out where the OSSTF bulletin board is located and read the information that gets posted there from time to time. You will also receive newsletters and bulletins from OSSTF that you should make time to read. Attend OSSTF meetings and stay informed.
5 - Obtain a Certification Rating Statement
Your placement on the salary grid is, in part, determined by the category you have achieved, as determined by the OSSTF Certification system. If you have never applied for an OSSTF Rating Statement before, you will need to submit an application for an initial rating statement. If you have been previously issued a rating statement, but have taken additional courses or degree programs since it was issued, you might consider having your qualifications re-evaluated.
Evaluation by the OSSTF Certification department can take up to 6 – 10 weeks to process applications, so you are best to start the process immediately. Application forms can be found on the OSSTF website, and should be accompanied by official transcripts from the institution(s) where you have obtained degrees and taken additional courses, proof of your OSSTF membership (such as a copy of your contract with the Board, or a pay stub demonstrating fees paid), as well as a copy of your Certification of Qualifications from the Ontario College of Teachers (printed from your member account, not from the public registry).
To obtain assistance in applying for an initial Certification Rating Statement or for re-evaluation, please contact the District Office.