PSSP December 2013 Newsletter

Thursday, December, 19th, 2013 by Nancy Vogel

Have a look at our first newsletter as your Executive Committee attempts to share information and ideas about topics occurring this school year.  Upcoming events such as the Student & Staff Award Gala on April 3 are noted.  Check it out and let us know what you think: PSSP December Newsletter


Sick Leave Plan for 2013 – 2014

Tuesday, December, 10th, 2013 by Nancy Vogel

Reposted on December 10, 2013:

Permanent PSSP Members:  As of September 3, 2013, all PSSP permanent members will receive 11 sick days* at 100% pay and 120 days of Short Term Disability Leave Plan (STLDP) days at 90%, which flow directly once the first 11 days are used.  These days do not accumulate year-to-year.  The usual medical notes will be required as per our Collective Agreement.  That is, for an absence over  5 consecutive days you must produce a medical note.  However, as per Appendix C, Part III, 13.a  “absence for illness of the Employee for a period of five consecutive working days or less may be certified by the official of the Board….  Many members were asked for medical notes last school year after one day’s absence.  If you feel you are being targeted by management and treated unfairly, please contact the union office so we can assist you.

*Sick days may only be used for your own personal illness – not for your child or relative’s illness.  If you require time off for other issues, you may be able to utilize some of your 5 annual Miscellaneous days (see page 86 of our Collective Agreement under Resources tab) or take a VLAP day or a leave without pay.  Contact the BU office for more info about your particular situation.

Top Up Days:  If you did not use all your 11 original sick days during the 2012 – 2013 school year, as of September 3, 2013 you will carry over those unused days for the purpose of topping up any STLDP days for the 2013 – 2014 school year only.  That means that if you are ill over 11 days in the 2013 – 2014 year, and have unused days to top up, then those days over 11 will be paid at 100%, rather than 90%, until your unused top-up days are exhausted.

Additional Day’s Pay Related to Sick Days: During the 2013 – 2014 school year if you use less than 6 sick days you will be eligible to receive an extra’s day’s pay following June 30, 2014.  The TDSB will scan every employee’s sick leave usage after June 30, 2014 and determine which employees are eligible.  However, since no one may earn more than 100% of their salary per school year, you will only receive this extra day’s pay if you take a VLAP day during the year.  Please see the Post for Voluntary Leave of Absence Without Pay that explains VLAP which is in effect only during the 2013 – 2014 school year.  So, if you meet all these conditions your pay for one day only will be returned to you, but you will continue to owe the TDSB all of your pension premiums for that VLAP day and any other VLAP days you may take next year.

Temporary contracts over 4 months:  Due to enhancements in the MOU you will receive 11 sick days at 100% pay if you begin your contract on September 3, 2013 and it will be prorated if you begin your contract at a later date.  You are eligible for up to 60 STLDP days at 90% pay if those sick days are taken during the term of your contract. You are not eligible for the top up days or VLAP days.