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PEC Points: Anniversary journals a hit; more on the way

November 7, 2017 Audrey Dutka, ATA News Staff

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Highlights of the Provincial Executive Council meeting held Oct. 26–27, 2017, at Barnett House in Edmonton

1. Approved in principle and referred to Finance Committee for review and costing, a proposed list of programs on which the Association should focus in 2018/19.

2. Approved a co-ordinated MLA engagement activity, initiated through local associations, advocating for class size reductions and improved supports for inclusion and complexity.

3. Named three members of Council to a staff selection committee for the position of executive staff officer, Professional Development (Indigenous education).

4. Approved an overexpenditure to purchase a further 1,500 ATA 100th anniversary journals, which are available for purchase at the ATA store on the Association’s website.

5. Received a report of a hearing committee, which found a teacher guilty of one charge of unprofessional conduct for submitting false claims to a benefit plan provider for the purpose of receiving financial benefit, thus failing to maintain the honour and dignity of the profession. The committee imposed a penalty of a letter of reprimand and a fine of $1,000 to be paid within 90 days of receipt of the written decision of the hearing committee. Failure to pay the fine in full within the specified time would result in the teacher being declared ineligible for membership in the Association.

6. Authorized an overexpenditure to allow for up to three members of Council to attend the Well-Being of Children and Youth Conference.

7. Authorized the purchase of six tickets to the Parkland Institute Annual Fall Conference, “Collapse: Neoliberalism in Crisis,” scheduled for Nov. 17–19, 2017, in Edmonton.

8. Approved the name of one teacher for addition to the Association instructor name bank, which is used as a source of appointments to the Association instructor corps as the need arises.

9. Approved the Central Table Bargaining Committee frame of reference and approved amendments to the Teacher Welfare Services Committee frame of reference. ❚

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